The increased use and importance of Industry 4.0 techniques is revolutionising the way companies manufacture, improve and distribute their products. Manufacturers are integrating new technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and analytics, and AI and machine learning into their production facilities and throughout their operations. All this makes for an exciting and progressive work environment.
Addison are not alone in these developments, however. Since the pandemic, we’ve made great strides in not only how we physically operate, but also in the communication streams within our business. This has not come without huge investment. A journey that started with a small degree of match funding has continued at pace, with most processes in the company now handled by a series of interlinked software tools.
We are reaping huge rewards from the implementation of overlapping digital systems. This is something that we’re going to share with you all in more detail over the coming months, culminating in an event at our facility early in the new year!
However, there is only so much that IT and AI can do. At the end of the day, it has to be driven and monitored by our highly skilled individuals.
It’s no coincidence that you will hear us say that our people really are our strongest asset. They are the heart, soul and engine of our businesses. Being able to inspire school children as young as primary age, engaging college students and future apprentices at careers fairs, with visits both on our site and their own setting, is just so important. These are, after all, where our people of tomorrow will blossom from. They need to know that the opportunities exist around them in the world of manufacturing and engineering. Jobs are there for the taking. With an aging population and skills shortage, it is more important than ever.
We’ve talked recently about the importance to us of our Apprentices along with the development of all our staff. Having the right training in place, for the right people, reaps rewards, not only in the short term but also the long. Addison Precision, and the sister companies in the Addison group, have that same ethos and recognise investing in training is a key element for creating a high performing organisation. In fact, on that note, also watch this space in the new year for the launch of our newly refreshed internal and external training provision, Addison Academy!
We have really enjoyed hosting a number of open days across the group this year, in order to inspire the next generation, and we have even more in the pipeline during the following 12 months, along with our industry day experiences for school aged children.
British Manufacturing was recently reported as overtaking France to become the 8th biggest manufacturing sector in the world. This MakeUK Manufacturing Day helps again to shine a spotlight and raise awareness of the strength and opportunities of the sector. We are heading in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go. Thankfully, with the support of the hardworking teams at Make UK Defence and the like, our SMEs and mid-tiers do indeed stand improved chances and opportunities in the supply chains of today and tomorrow.
HAPPY MANUFACTURING DAY !