The University has launched its ambitious vision to help ensure the city is a leader in the fourth industrial revolution – in the same way as it was a pioneer during the first phase of industrialisation.
Industry 4.0 is the term given to the latest phase of the industrialisation process which will be transformed by digital technologies such as 3D printing, smart factories, robotics and big data connectivity provided by the Internet of Things and AI.
The strategy document will highlight how the University will:
• deliver skills to support new, high-paid employees and business leaders
• work across all disciplines – including engineering, health and social sciences – to deliver applied research and expertise to support Industry 4.0 technologies and applications
• support the city-region’s economic strategies, including the aim to develop world-leading expertise in areas such as cyber security and robotics to position Manchester globally as a key location for firms developing Industry 4.0 technologies.
• provide a business-academic partnership model of Industry 4.0 innovation for the UK’s higher education sector and to attract support from the UK government.
The University’s blueprints for Industry 4.0 were launched at the prestigious Industry 4.0 Summit on 11 April, setting out the national and regional framework required to produce future-ready industrialists.
For more information on Industry 4.0, take a look at the Industry 4.0 Summit website.