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Manufacturing Tech Trends That Will Dominate in 2017

Due to the confusion post-Brexit, it’s important to know what marketing solutions will work. Let’s take a look at the top 5 manufacturing trends in 2017.
BY Ollie Roddy - December 15, 2016

In the manufacturing industry things are constantly changing, so it’s important to be aware of new trends, especially in the post-Brexit confusion. We have listed the top 5 manufacturing technology trends for you, that we believe will deliver genuine value in your industry next year.

1. Green Manufacturing
A new manufacturing trend that will continue its growth is Green Manufacturing. Lean manufacturing methods and reducing waste are required to achieve a green production environment. Companies are starting to realise the cost savings and environmental benefits that can be achieved through this. 

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2. 3D Printing
Another trend that is making a big impact on the manufacturing industry is 3D printing. Due to various benefits and low productivity costs, demand for 3D printing has increased. Research and development has benefited massively from this technology, which allows for quick prototyping. A prototype can now be produced and evaluated in a much more cost effective manner.

3. Robotics/Automation
Robotics is a form of automation that is progressively becoming the norm in manufacturing. Previously automation was primarily used in the automotive industry. Then in 2012 50% of the manufacturing industry utilised automation. Remote monitoring and vision systems will only establish further growth of this trend.

4. New-shoring
New-shoring uses advanced technology to constantly monitor its production equipment and prevent errors from occurring. The system alerts the user when machinery is not functioning properly or when maintenance is required. New-shoring technology is so efficient that it amends its own errors remotely. This feature will be crucial to the production-line, making this asset mandatory in the future.

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One of the most powerful marketing trends for the manufacturing industry is utilising social media and crowdsourcing to come up with innovative ideas and solutions to problems. The ability to always improve and produce new ideas is an integral part of manufacturing. Social networking and crowdsourcing provide a platform where industry leaders can receive immediate feedback from industry experts and consumers.

In a Nutshell
Although there is no complete method to predict the future growth of the manufacturing industry, it’s important to pay attention and implement these trends and technologies as part of your growth plan for 2017.

However, improving your production is not the only thing you need to focus on. In fact, one thing is to make it, the other is to sell it.

As a result of Brexit, your audience is now pickier than ever when it comes to spending money and choosing brands. To discover what marketing techniques will resonate with the post-Brexit audience, we've put together a 'How to Tackle Brexit' guide. Click the button below to download this guide, and find out how you can best market your products and services in 2017.

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