Manufacturing the Future: GE and GMIS Look to Drive Additive Manufacturing and Digitization

Manufacturing the Future: GE and GMIS Look to Drive Additive Manufacturing and Digitization
March 07, 2017 at 06:03pm

Manufacturing is a top priority for countries in the region looking to boost economic diversification – plans that can be put into overdrive by leveraging additive manufacturing and digitization. That’s why GE will soon begin working with partners to build the region’s first additive manufacturing micro-factory.

GE will launch the ‘micro-factory’ model at the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), the first global gathering for the manufacturing community that brings together business, government, and civil society to shape a vision for the sector’s future.

As a founding partner to the summit, GE will introduce the company’s revolutionary industrial internet and additive manufacturing technology and capability. Through this partnership, GE will seek to significantly drive micro-manufacturing, promote small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the digital industrial space, and support overall competitiveness to help deliver a transformational shift in localized innovation and manufacturing.

These innovative manufacturing and digitization technologies can support regional governments and industry in transforming economies through localized manufacturing and the small and medium enterprise supply chain development, thereby accelerating the goals of job creation and human capital development.

“In this disruptive environment, we must look at innovative and unconventional ways of working – industry with industry, small businesses with global corporations, challenger brands with market leaders,” said His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, and Chairman of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit Advisory Board. “GE’s initiative to promote the co-creation of products is exactly the kind of innovation that will drive growth and opportunity for the benefit of the global economy.”

The summit, which is a joint initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and is co-hosted with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development. The summit will run March 27-30 in Abu Dhabi.

That partnership is key. While an isolationist approach may have worked for organizations in the past, a firm commitment to long-standing and sustainable partnerships – which serve to both better the efficiency, productivity and overall competitiveness of industries, while also benefiting local economies – in addition to the co-creation of products, is essential in today’s dynamic public and private sector environments.

As essential is recognizing the crucial role played by manufacturing in driving forward global prosperity, a key theme which will be expanded upon by the global policy makers and leaders from both the business world and civil society present at GMIS.

One example of the critical role played by this partnership is the contribution it makes to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – in this case, Sustainable Development Goal 9, which seeks to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

GE has supported manufacturing and broader economic development across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region for more than 80 years. Given GE’s historic position as a proven leader in both innovation and manufacturing, the partnership with GMIS is set to become a tangible example of how to turn possibilities into reality.

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