Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest car manufacturer. In addition to producing over 500,000 cars each year, the company is also at the cutting edge of 3D printing – using the innovative technology to print 55,000 parts ranging from bodywork to switchgear annually with significant time and cost savings.
This is a great example of the revolution that is sweeping the world of manufacturing. Not since the ‘lean revolution’ of the 1970s, often dubbed the ‘third industrial revolution’, have such radical changes been made to the way production is designed, monitored and executed, and the repercussions of this sea-change are being felt all the way down the value chain right into the hands of the end-customer. Today’s always-on, e-commerce-driven global economy is creating a brave new world known as the fourth industrial revolution, or ‘Industry 4.0’ – and businesses need to rapidly adapt to avoid being left behind.Jump to article