A funny thing happened on the way to writing this blog—Additive Manufacturing (AM) has grown up. Now, some may rightly say that AM has been around for decades. And it has. But there can be little doubt that the reach and scope of AM, or 3D printing, now touches virtually every aspect of industrial and, indeed, human activity. Certainly, Deloitte’s 3D Opportunity collection of thought leadership bears this out in the vast scope and depth of its coverage. And, of course, one can also point to any number of widely available metrics that makes clear AM’s remarkable strides—from number of patents to AM system revenues to how common the term “additive manufacturing” now appears in Google searches compared to just a few years ago.
A recently published Deloitte report titled “Matching strengths: A new wave of corporate alliances may be on the horizon,” highlights how business uncertainties stemming from globalization, changing demand patterns, and technological developments seems to have led to increased mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the US in the past three years.1 These trends have touched the additive manufacturing (AM) sector—an area we’ve covered in depth over the years. M&A deals in AM are increasing in size and pace, particularly in the US, where many non-traditional 3D companies have entered the market.
American public perception of manufacturing, and where Americans see the manufacturing sector is headed, is optimistic. That’s according to a recent study conducted by Deloitte, the National Association of Manufacturers, and The Manufacturing Institute.1
The manufacturing industry is changing rapidly, as the convergence of the physical and digital worlds propel an exciting evolution. 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) offers bold, flexible new ways to create sophisticated goods. Products with built-in sensors linked to the Internet of Things offer long-term insight into product performance and opportunities to reinvent customer relationships. And artificial intelligence and machine learning are shifting some of the more repetitive tasks to computers, informing better decision making by human workers and freeing up time for more creative work.
By Sean Peasley
In a recent Cyber risk in advanced manufacturing1 study Deloitte conducted in collaboration with MAPI, we found that the lack of skilled talent in the cybersecurity function represents a significant challenge for manufacturers, especially for midsize companies ($500M-$5B in revenue). Additionally, we found manufacturing executives taking part in the study indicate that four of the top ten cyberthreats facing their organizations are directly attributable to internal employees. These threats include: phishing/pharming, direct abuse of IT systems, errors/omissions, and use of mobile devices.
Manufacturing DaySM, an annual celebration of modern manufacturing designed to link manufacturers, students, educators, and their communities, awaits just around the corner on October 6. In recognition of this ambitious event that’s grown by 1000 percent since its introduction in 2012, let’s take a closer look at a recent study by Deloitte, The National Association of Manufacturers, and The Manufacturing Institute1 on the perception of manufacturing.
For many brands, from apparel to automakers, “Made in the USA” has long been a source of pride and differentiation. Americans continue to hold the US manufacturing industry in high regard. In fact, according to a study by Deloitte, The National Association of Manufacturers, and The Manufacturing Institute, manufacturing is viewed as very important to America’s economic prosperity (83 percent), standard of living (81 percent), and national security (62 percent).1
By Sean Peasley
The manufacturing industry is vulnerable. Nearly 50 percent of executives surveyed in a recent Cyber risk in advanced manufacturing1 study Deloitte conducted in collaboration with MAPI indicate they lack confidence their company’s assets are protected from external threats. Additionally, 48 percent of cyber risk executives surveyed believe while senior management is committed to improving the company’s cyber-risk profile, obtaining adequate funding to support key cyber initiatives such as risk assessment, data protection, cyber threat monitoring, incident response planning, and employee awareness remains a significant challenge.
It’s easy to envision self-driving trucks safely and efficiently carrying shipments down US highways. But that’s only part of any product’s journey between manufacturer and customer. How will the new mobility ecosystem handle the whole trip, including the trickiest part of all: last-mile delivery?
By Joe Mariani
A prosecutor stands before the defendant accused of price fixing and gouging consumers. She forcefully argues that the defendant did “knowingly and intentionally defraud his customers.” To which he only replies, “Prove it.” This may seem like nothing more than a bit of bravado from a bad courtroom melodrama, but in the current digital age – the 4th Industrial Revolution – it may actually take on greater meaning for businesses and all of us.