Manufacturing & Technology Industries


Achieving the continuous improvements in competitiveness necessary for a company to succeed in

the modern world can only be achieved by relentless year over year improvements in innovation and

all forms of productivity. 

The Centre for Competitiveness collaborates globally on technology trends and manufacturing competitive practices that are being applied in the world’s leading economies using a range of modern and emerging technologies. Manufacturing is essential for long term economic growth and economic resilience. However, many of its characteristics are changing profoundly. The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is characterised by recent and anticipated breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI); automated robotics and advanced manufacturing; pervasive digital networking (the “Internet of Things”); autonomous vehicles (such as “driverless cars”); 3D printing and additive manufacturing; “Big Data” analytics; nanotechnology; biotechnology; materials science; energy storage; and quantum computing. These advances will disrupt almost every industry in every country, and pose profound economic, political, and societal challenges to countries that are unprepared or unresponsive to a rapidly changing world

Physical production processes are increasingly at the centre of much wider value chains. By raising awareness of technology trends, members of the Centre for Competitiveness are fully appraised on the need to invest and upskill their organisations to support the future of manufacturing in a new era of opportunity and challenge within the global marketplace. The Centre publishes the annual “Global Manufacturing Benchmarking Index” which provides members with current developments and predictions on future trends. It also hosts its annual manufacturing technology awareness event in May each year providing members with current updates on intelligent factories, the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and other competitive insights We encourage the manufacturing community to support this and other resource efficiency initiatives, not only because they leave a cleaner environment – but also because they are profitable and great for business.

How it can benefit you

  • Membership of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils
  • Collaborating through the Centre with Universities
  • Access to the Global Manufacturing Benchmarking Index
  • Awareness to Shared Knowledge & Good Practice Networks
  • Email updates on latest technology trends





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