A Lutterworth-based firm is to take part in a national drive to help UK manufacturers prepare for the next, digitally-driven, industrial age.
The move will see experiential designers, Holovis, who specialise in the creation of immersive and mixed reality environments for enterprise and entertainment industries worldwide, joining forces with EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and Oracle, the American multinational computer technology corporation, to host a special Manufacturing Connect event on the 21st June.
It follows research showing that the UK is on the cusp of a global 4th industrial revolution (4IR), but UK firms are concerned about being left behind. Holovis will be opening the doors of its UK Demonstration Campus to other Leicestershire firms as part of an industry-wide drive to combat such fears and ensure that manufacturers are successfully gearing up for the changes 4IR will bring.
The event will give manufacturers an opportunity to hear from industry experts, share best practice and ideas about harnessing new technologies and seek answers to their 4IR questions or concerns.
Speakers include Dave Elliott, Enterprise Business Development Manager at Holovis, Vikram Singla, Supply Chain and Product Innovation Cloud Apps Leader for Oracle and Martin Strutt, Consultancy Director at EEF. The three will share the latest insights into the challenges and benefits of 4IR, explore business transformation programmes that will help firms get ‘future fit’ and provide opportunities for businesses to network and solve problems together.
Firms attending will enjoy a tour of the Holovis UK Demonstration and R&D facilities and will also be able to get a free Lean benchmark report to help focus their future business improvements to achieve maximum value.
Martin Strutt, Consultancy Director at EEF, says: “Digital technologies are having a huge impact on the manufacturing landscape. For many firms the speed of change and the rapid advancement of new technologies are astonishing – so being ahead of the game is critical.
“4IR will lead to deep transformation both at a business and industry level. It’s vital that manufacturers feel fully equipped to adapt and take these huge changes in their stride. By working with Holovis and Oracle in this way we aim to help Leicestershire’s firms get future fit and reap rewards, such as greater productivity and sustainable growth, from this next, crucial, industrial age.”
Stuart Hetherington, CEO at Holovis, says: “It is vital for manufacturers to pull together to discuss the challenges facing industry today and learn from each other how best to implement the right technology applied to best practices within their own business. We are opening the doors of our demonstration campus and R&D facilities to help with that process, where visitors will be able to explore our work visualising large and complex data sets and experience how these are brought to life throughout different phases of the manufacturing cycle, specifically using our virtual, augmented and mixed-reality technologies and solutions.
“This type of event and open forum to discuss the challenges we all face is critical if our region’s manufacturers are to stay at the forefront of the next industrial wave.”