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Industry stumbles on skills and scale in race towards factory of the future

From the phasing out of the assembly line to the harnessing of real-time data, the factory of the future could prove unrecognisable by today's standards. By Megan Lampinen

Smart technology and changing business models promise to rewrite the rules of traditional vehicle manufacturing. Terms like ‘Industry 4.0’, ‘cobots’ and ‘smart manufacturing’ are peppering the business plans of today’s OEMs and suppliers, but what do they mean for the car factory of the future – how it looks, how it operates and who runs it?…

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