Industry 4.0 and more – help shape the future of manufacturing in the Midlands

KPMG has responded to manufacturing sector confusion surrounding the impact Industry 4.0 will have on organisations, business models and competitive position by producing a 3-minute video aimed at explaining its value and urgency.

The video highlights the opportunities Industry 4.0 brings for true manufacturing disruption, says Nick Harrison, who leads KPMG’s manufacturing practice in the Midlands, and urges manufacturers in the Midlands to share their views on the issues that matter most to them with The and KPMG

Harrison said: “Manufacturing is a critical component of the Midlands economy, responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs and a significant proportion of the region’s economic output.

“World-class research and commercialisation of technology gives the Midlands a deserved international reputation.

Share your views on the future of manufacturing in the Midlands

The Government released its Industrial Strategy white paper last November, which makes it the right time for and KPMG to launch this project on manufacturing in the Midlands.”

We want to hear from the region’s manufacturers about the issues that matter most to them – how the impact of Brexit, investment, skills and Government policy is affecting the sector.

We will collate the responses and report on the findings, supplemented by a round table discussion with leading manufacturers to get to the heart of the aspirations and frustrations of the sector.

Alex Turner, editor of, said: “The phrase ‘Industrial Strategy’ re-entered the conversation last year when the Government’s business department was renamed and a new tone adopted.

“In the past industrial strategies have had mixed success. But the added uncertainty of Brexit makes it imperative that businesses, in the Midlands and throughout the UK, have the support of a well-funded plan to maximise trading opportunities.

“This project is designed to add to that discussion about how our manufacturing companies are feeling, what actions they plan to take in their own business, and want they want to see from Government and other stakeholders.”

Share your views on the future of manufacturing in the Midlands