The fourth industrial revolution is transforming manufacturing in the Middle East, enabling producers to optimise production and minimise waste.
But perhaps the most important benefit of the digital transformation of the industrial sector is its contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and helping manufacturers achieve net zero carbon targets by 2050.
The expansion of manufacturing capability is a central element of the GCC visions for economic development, particularly in the area of advanced technologies.
Notably, there has been an increased use of solutions such as artificial intelligence (AI), robots, digital twins, Big Data, and Internet of Things (IoT) to optimise conventional processes.
All of these developments have been further accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, as companies in the region moved quickly to overcome supply chain disruptions.
But rolling out systemic transformation is never easy. Covid-19 has brought about a fundamental change in the way this sector operates.
In this increasingly competitive global market, the challenge now is as much about how manufacturers produce as it is about what they produce. Increased carbon efficiency, greater operational productivity and lower costs are essential in the post-pandemic phase.
On 23 June, join MEED and Mashreq's latest live streamed webinar to learn more about the shifting landscape of the manufacturing sector and to understand the role of digitalisation in helping the industry to chart its journey to recovery.
- The decarbonisation agenda
- Lessons from Covid-19 for manufacturing in the GCC
- Investing in stronger digital strategies and solutions (robots, Big Data, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things)
- Resolving issues around cybersecurity, skilled workforce shortages
- Salman Abdulla, Executive Vice President, HSSEQ and Business Transformation, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)
- Amer Kakish, Chief Executive Officer, Ittihad International Investment Group
- Sanal Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, Classic Fashion Apparel Industry
- Hind Eisa Salim, EVP & Head of Services & Manufacturing Division, Mashreq Bank
- Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED
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