Future of Manufacturing

Transforming Industry Together


As an industry we have made things for over 100 years, and we will make things in the future. But to do so in a way that keeps our pride alive and solves the productivity puzzle, we have to transform not what we do, but how we do it. 


How do we make things faster, more flexibly, more efficiently and with better quality? 


Increasingly we have to take the step together - to feel the effect - because the value chain is so much more connected than it’s ever been. If we all start to take these steps we can transform together. 


Learn what these steps could look like for your organisation and the value this brings. 


Process and Manufacturing industry

Competing in the Digital Era

With the unveiling of the ‘Made Smarter’ industrial digitalisation review, which outlined the ways industrial digitalisation could, over the next 10 years, boost UK manufacturing by £455bn and increase sector growth by 3%, the opportunities for discrete and process manufacturers through digitalisation are defining the ability to compete and thrive in the digital era. With improved time to market, flexibility, productivity and cost efficiencies - the future is bright, especially when it isn’t overshadowed by limitations to brownfield sites, lack of skills, know-how and capital to invest. 

The promises of digitalisation

Seizing the opportunities

Digitalisation is everywhere. Mobile phones are crammed full of networked applications, automobiles are turning into computers you can drive, refrigerators notify your mobile phone when their inventory is low, and we couldn’t imagine being without online shopping. But digitalisation affects more than just end customers – it affects industry, too.

Digitalization in manufacturing

The digitalisation of the manufacturing industry is a topic of global interest. New products must be brought to market in ever-shorter timeframes and customers demand much more personalised products. Rapidly changing markets require increased flexibility and an efficient use of resources and energy. All without compromising quality – in fact, sometimes you are required to increase it!


Digital enterprise can have a shorter response time to customer requests and market demands, which opens up new and innovative business areas. Discover how digitalisation can give an advantage over the competition.



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Energy for Industry

Energy as a competitive advantage

The hunger for energy is still high in industrial countries and continues to grow in emerging countries, driven by society as well as by industrial companies. Energy becomes an increasingly important factor in global competition – and an opportunity for higher efficiency, safety, and availability, thanks to digitalisation.


Discover how productivity and energy efficiency can increase thanks to an integrated power supply, allowing participation in the new energy market as an active player.


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Podcast series

Digital Talks Podcasts

Digital Talks is all about helping UK manufacturers – large and small – to transform.


Whether it's to compete on a global stage, to bring customisation at speed or to be ultra-responsive to your customer when and where it's needed.

The reality is that digital technology is going to create the most significant and long term productivity improvements that will allow transformation to unfold.

Some will think a "digital factory" is what dreams are made of but far too sophisticated, expensive, and, to be frank, overwhelmingly complex. Some will be involved in conversations in or out of the boardroom but the barriers come up – legacy systems, skills for the future, return on investment -  leaving with more questions unanswered than answered.

Our podcast series lets you hear from the best of the industry’s people, hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Tim Smith, and is full of boardroom conversation starters, as well as practical insight to help you get started.

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CFO 4.0

The challenges of Industry 4.0 are giving rise to a new genre of Chief Financial Officer – CFO 4.0. Learn which five core competencies CFOs need to drive and enable the transformation process. 


Accessing the digital enterprise through finance

Our research with manufacturing CFO's identified the key drivers of success and how finance can enable them to compete in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Watch this video to learn more.

Benefit from Extended Payment Terms with Siemens Financial Services

Our work with the financial services division within Siemens enables us to combine digital know-how with tailored, flexible financing solutions.


With financing from SFS, you can enjoy extended payment terms beyond the traditional period of 30-60 days, up until180 days before being invoiced by Siemens. By bridging this short-term liquidity gap, access to capital is freed up, allowing your business to grow.


Innovations that help our customers

Siemens’ solutions for the digital enterprise and for mastering the transformation of the energy systems are already available. They provide the industry to fully benefit from the future of manufacturing.

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