Before you can adopt advanced manufacturing techniques and technology, develop a strategy to use them that best serves your goals.

Demographic, financial, and technological trends are converging, forcing a change in how all kinds of products are made worldwide. Robotics,big data, and other elements of industrial automation are making “Advanced Manufacturing” a reality, as long as those adopting them have comprehensive strategies.

This in-depth report profiles and analyzes current trends, challenges and the future opportunities of Advanced Manufacturing for companies who want to adapt to new customer needs and remain profitable in the new era of robotics automation.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Industry Takes the Next Step
Shorter Supply Chains and Reshoring
Manufacturing Matures — Again
Workforce, Consumers Shift
Investor Opportunities
Government Support

I. Defining Advanced Manufacturing: Spatially Complex, Asymmetric and Dynamic Environment
Advanced Manufacturing Components
A Meta-Level Look at Advanced Manufacturing
Industrial Processes Follow Strategy

II. Advances in Components Popularize Robotics
Notable Robotics Vendors
Machinery Players
Sensors Get Better, Cheaper
Additive Manufacturing: Trendy, but Potent

III. Industrial Internet, a.k.a. Internet of Things (IoT)
Software Vies to Serve Factories
Integrating Everything
Big Data Meets Machine Learning

IV. Four Encouraging Trends
Trend No. 1: Reshoring
Trend No. 2: An Aging/Indifferent Workforce
Trend No. 3: Demanding Customers
Trend No. 4: Businesses Are Spending

V. Buyers Put Advanced Manufacturing to Work
Dow Finds Data in the Process
Merrill Uses Advanced Heavy Manufacturing
Korean Battery Firm Advances in the U.S.

VI. The Private Sector Shouldn’t Wait on Government Initiatives

VII. Where Is the Private Financing?
Some Private Equity Firms
Venture Capital Flows to Robotics
Acquisitions Trundle Along

VIII. Conclusion: Manufacturing Makes a Global Shift

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