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Manufacturing success: five things to consider

Learn from Nick Shields, Head of Business Services and Advice at Scottish Enterprise, who discusses five factors crucial to sustained success in manufacturing - from focussing internal ambition to building supply chain resilience.

What to focus on to achieve manufacturing success

Scotland has a thriving, innovative and diverse manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is the country’s productivity engine, responsible for over 50% of exports and 54% of research and development (R&D). This ever-changing sector brings potential for investment in many areas but Scottish businesses, like in many evolved economies, are only beginning to scratch the surface of what’s possible.

The purpose of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) is to inspire and support Scottish manufacturers to maximise productivity through up-to-date industrial practices.

We review your existing business processes and identify the short-and-medium-term gains you can achieve using business improvement techniques. We also help review your equipment and technology to make sure your systems are as productive as possible. Scotland now has a wide range of support resources and SMAS is a gateway to unlocking opportunities.

An important example of today's evolving landscape is Industry 4.0 (i4.0). The relentless pace of digitisation in the manufacturing environment led SMAS to launch its Industry 4.0 Review to raise awareness of these concepts, increase investment into digital manufacturing. As a result, this project helped 180 businesses create their digital roadmap for the future.

Adopting i4.0 technologies is just one of the five areas we’ve identified that will stimulate ambition and growth in manufacturing — the others are supply chain resilience, leadership and culture, operational excellence, sustainability, and productivity.

Nick Shields, Head of Business Services and Advice at Scottish Enterprise.

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