Since the beginning of the 20th century, manufacturing has focused on standardization, modularization and increased economies of scale. Now, leveraging advances in software, conductivity and material science, new approaches – such as 3D Printing, Intelligent Robotics and Open Source Electronics – promise to user in a new era in customized, adaptive manufacturing and transform product production. What is the potential for these trends to transform industrial structures and shift global trade flows? How should business and governments respond to these trends and what strategies should be adopted to successfully navigate a potential transformation?
Paul Brody , Global Industry Leader in Electronics, IBM