Yesterday saw the launch of the long awaited Made Smarter Commission. Its establishment was a recommendation of last year’s Made Smarter Review and it aims to give a senior industry lead to the UK’s push for industrial digitalisation.
To be co-Chaired by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Siemens UK CEO Juergen Maier, the 19 strong Commission’s priorities include the North West pilot for adoption of digital technology by manufacturers in the North West and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund bid for digital manufacturing in development which aims to bring together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time.
The commission will also discuss the how the manufacturing industry can be transformed by new techniques such as 3D printing and other innovative uses of digital technologies as well as the need for stronger and more ambitious leadership.
As well as Siemens, MTA members Renishaw and ABB are represented on it in the respective persons of their CEOs, William Lee and Ian Funnell.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “Britain has a long and proud manufacturing heritage currently supporting 2.7 million jobs across the country, and through our modern Industrial Strategy we are creating opportunities for UK manufacturing to continue to grow. The increased adoption of digital technologies will bring enormous benefits potentially generating £455 billion over the next 10 years - boosting productivity, creating thousands of new highly skilled jobs and enabling more efficient, cleaner production systems.
We need strong partnership between government and industry which is exactly why we have established the Made Smarter Commission. I am proud that leading men and women from industry, business and academia are working with us to turn the ambition into a reality and enable everyone to reap the rewards.
Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens said: “The Made Smarter Commission promises to deliver our core recommendation of driving digitalisation across UK and invigorating industrial strategy. We need now more than ever to unite business, employees and government behind a strategy that boosts industrial productivity and improves living standards We will build on our North West Pilot, and look at how we can scale our efforts up across the country. If we get this right I believe we can kick start a new industrial revolution, that puts digital tech at the centre of economic policy making.”
The MTA, which was heavily involved in the Review will continue to work with the Commission, and a wider range of stakeholders, to ensure that the Report recommendations on; visibility, skills, leadership and reducing barriers, are delivered.