The future of factories

The future of factories

A report by Arup explores how manufacturing has entered a new age

Over the past few years there has been a significant and undeniable shift in the design and manufacturing of goods due to a broad range of factors, from advances in digital technologies to climate change and market demands. As the world of production and manufacturing changes, so too will the planning, construction and operation of factories. Economic and environmental shifts mean that factories will need to become more flexible, adaptable and sustainable.

Of significant interest are the innovative developments driven by climate change and resource constraints leading towards a more circular economy. Factories of the future will need to operate at higher material and energy efficiencies, while at the same time providing safer and healthier working conditions.

In their article, Arup provides insight into the “emerging trends, processes and technologies (that) will transform the manufacturing landscape. The inevitable shift to leaner, smarter and more flexible forms of production will have a range of impacts on how the factory is designed, how supply chains operate, how people experience changing operational environments and how the future spaces of production will be organised.”

The ultimate aim of Arup’s article is to “facilitate the shift towards a fourth industrial revolution.”
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