UK ‘is not ready for the new industrial age’

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Advanced digital technology could give UK manufacturing a huge boost and the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs, a new report argues.

The independent review, chaired by the head of Siemens UK, highlights the advantages of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence.

But Juergen Maier said that the UNITED kingdom had a need for “greater ambition” to take advantage of this technology.

His report calls for a commission to help businesses to adopt the progress.

The report, Smart, has brought together the executives of companies such as Rolls Royce, GKN and IBM, with the representatives of small companies as well as scientists from the universities of Newcastle and Cambridge.

Its recommendations will help inform the government’s industrial strategy plans.

Maier said: “The business and the academic community has defined a vision much greater ambition is needed for Britain to be a world-leader in the fourth industrial revolution.

“Our proposals to help businesses to understand, deploy, and create the more recent digital technologies, helping to ensure more homegrown research and development and the creation of new industries and highly-skilled and well-paid jobs”.

The report proposes to:
More targeted support for businesses, retraining of workers, and an Adoption Program to the National level and piloted in the north-west
Five digital centres of research, to improve innovation and the ability to
A national commission in charge of transforming Britain into a global leader in industrial and digital technologies

The proposals, which have been incurred by CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn, who warned the UNITED kingdom, to the international competition.

“The UK needs to compete with China, the USA and most of Europe, where there are already advanced plans to embrace the fourth industrial revolution,” he said.

Sean Redmond, chief executive of software company Vertizan and a contributor to the report, has said that the UK needed to “take with international competitors”.

“The small businesses that are growing to scale, in particular industrial companies, they need to support learning on how digitisation can help grow their business,” he said.