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Advanced Manufacturing Outlook 2021
 The Advanced Manufacturing Outlook is a survey that measures Industry 4.0 engagement amongst manufacturing business owners and senior executives in Canada.

For the second consecutive year, research firm R.K. Insights in Toronto conducted the survey through June and July form Canadian Manufacturing and PLANT magazines, in partnership with Machines Italia (The Italian Trade Commission), Lapp Group North America and Alps Welding Ltd.

185 manufacturers participated in Advanced Manufacturing Outlook 2021 with the survey findings strongly representing the industry with a margin of error at +/- 6%, 19 times out of 20.

The focus of this year’s research was Industry 4.0 in all its aspects and dimensions such as automation, interconnectivity, machine learning and the analysis of real

time data which involved the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud services and platforms, advanced computing, along with artificial intelligence.

The survey examined how manufacturers regard these technologies and how they are adopting them. The survey provided valuable insights into how companies are (or are not) engaging with Industry 4.0, asking pertinent questions about their uses of IoT, analytics, automation or other elements of digitization, delving into topics ranging from Industry 4.0 deployment to firm leadership.  

The survey and its results were discussed during a virtual roundtable hosted by and Plant on the 19th of August 2020.
Industry experts, media, associations were invited to attend the event and provide their opinions which were then used to  compile the Advanced Manufacturing Outlook 2021 report.  Along with Machines Italia – Italian Trade Commission Canada, other roundtable participants included: Electronic Product & Technology (media), Plant (media), (media), Alps Welding (industry), NGEN (industry),  EMC Canada (Industry),   RK Insight (consulting), Clestica (industry) Myant  (consulting) Lapp Group North America (Industry), MTech Hub (industry), Innovative Automation (industry), Illuminate (consulting), CCRM, (industry).  

The four-hour long roundtable delved into the key survey topics and in particular: Engagement with Industry 4.0, Investment, Data, Processes, Security, Outlook.

The Advanced Manufacturing Outlook 2021 report (hardcopy and digital version) was distributed through the outlets of Annex Business Media – Canada's largest publisher or industrial publications – and  is available on the Machines Italia web site at the following link.

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