International Sheet Metal Show in Southern China
Metalworking moving towards digitalization

Source:International Metalworking News for Asia

Israel Gonzalez, Asia Pacific Regional Director of Hypertherm shares its views and initiatives on Industry 4.0, and the current and future of metalworking industry.

I think what has essentially changed is that we are transitioning away from a demand-driven world, where rapid growth was prevalent and manufacturers were looking to increase their capacity aggressively, to more of a competition-driven world. The key driver in this new world is automation; more manufacturers are trying to reduce their reliance on labour, cut labour costs, and increase their competitive edge. These automation trends are closely tied to Industry 4.0. I think those are the biggest developments in metalworking as the world finds its footing in balancing technology with capacity and competitive demands. 


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