Opportunities abound for manufacturers who can adapt
Global trends such as mass customisation, automation, faster product introduction and life cycles are forcing change and adaptation within the industry. Environmental challenges including the circular economy are also relevant.
Harnessed effectively, these trends can be the drivers of competitive advantage that will underpin the long-term success of food and beverage manufacturers.
Productivity and competitiveness are crucial
A recent survey by EEF The Manufacturers’ Organisation indicated that more than 50% of manufacturers planned to increase investment in technology and innovation in 2017. Investment is being driven by the need to increase productivity which is holding back development and constrains international competitiveness. The challenge is made more urgent by the general political and economic uncertainty which followed the country’s decision to withdraw from the European Union.
Consumers want products here and now
Manufacturers require speed and agility to respond. They need to transform their activities so they can react to the pull of the customer instead of pushing products out to the market. Smarter production is therefore required which encompasses efficiencies and economies of scale. At the same time, there is a need to prepare for distributed manufacturing operations, automation, digitalisation, flexible production and cost reductions.
UK Manufacturers need a vision and roadmap for the future
Sustainability, efficiency and flexibility are high on this agenda and there is recognition that a holistic data-driven approach will underpin transformational change. Manufacturers are also exploring new technologies to increase productivity and respond more quickly to consumer demand. R&D and innovation remain as important as ever.
Towards high performance operations and a consumer-driven supply chain
As digital technologies advance, we see manufacturing sites becoming elements of cyberphysical systems. What will differentiate manufacturers in this highly competitive and rapidly changing market is a combination of high performance operations and a consumer-driven supply chain.
Consumer markets. What do you see?
“THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR CLIENTS IN THE F&B SECTOR TODAY ARE BOTH COMPLEX AND MULTIFACETED. WHETHER IT BE REDUCING ENERGY COSTS, MEETING CHANGING CONSUMER DEMAND OR CREATING SMARTER MANUFACTURING FACILITIES, OUR CLIENTS RELY ON US TO DELIVER INNOVATIVE AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY SOLUTIONS THAT TURN THESE CHALLENGES INTO A REAL COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.”
ROYAL HASKONINGDHV UK
Industry 4.0: Happening or hype?
(Summary from panel session Foodex 18 April)
During Foodex 2018 a discussion panel of four experts led by David Parkinson from Royal HaskoningDHV concluded that the industry needs to wake up to the opportunities and that it’s about much more than technology.
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