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Future of Manufacturing: The emerging legal challenges

From the internet of things to new contract models, we explore the legal implications arising from escalating smart technology within manufacturing. Learn more in our White Paper and event report.

Senior manufacturing sector representatives, opinion formers and technological experts joined an exclusive roundtable hosted by Pinsent Masons at the FT Future of Manufacturing Summit in October 2016.

The discussion, facilitated by Nicole Livesey, Head of Advanced Manufacturing at Pinsent Masons, looked at the latest developments shaping manufacturing into the future.

Key themes that emerged are the need to:

  • disrupt or be disrupted
  • have a more holistic focus and a clear strategy for data collection and use
  • adopt a ‘product-as-a service’ approach to operations to develop stronger, more direct relationships with customers
  • develop collaborative partnerships to remain at the forefront of your industry
  • balance retrofitting with looking outwards and starting business models and products with a clean sheet

For more insight into our research and Future of Manufacturing survey analysis, download our roundtable report (8-page, 3MB PDF)

White Paper on the Future of Manufacturing

The ongoing challenge for manufacturers is to understand how communities and citizens use, or could in future use, their cities, homes and products – meaning a greater need for disruptive IT and tech, wireless connectivity and energy smart grids.

The emergence and convergence of complex new materials, processes and technologies – such as the internet of things, automation and robotics, big data analytics, 3D printing and energy management – are shaping the economics of production and distribution within the sector.

In our white paper we explore some of the key issues, together with the regulatory and legal implications, that the major innovations and revolutionary approaches will bring, to help those in the manufacturing sector navigate through a fast changing technological revolution.

We are grateful to Ricardo, CloudDDM, Starship Technologies and Warwick Manufacturing Group for their input.

Read more: Future of Manufacturing: The emerging legal challenges (40-page / 3.5MB PDF)

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> Manufacturers realising that it is time to disrupt or be disrupted, says expert 05 Dec 2016

> Energy efficiency and energy reduction technologies can offer real opportunities for manufacturers, says expert 07 Sep 2016

The rise of the internet of things is an opportunity to revolutionise manufacturing, says expert 31 Aug 2016

Legal, contractual and ethical issues arise from increased robotics in manufacturing, says expert 25 Aug 2016

Product-as-a-service the business model of the future for manufacturers, says expert 22 Aug 2016

Connected manufacturing can help support a demand-led supply chain, says expert 16 Aug 2016

Manufacturers face race to adapt products in wake of digital disruptors, says expert 15 Aug 2016

BREXIT: Brexit could be spur for increased use of robotics in manufacturing, says expert 01 Aug 2016