In our cover story this month Stora Enso’s Head of Smart Operations Marko Yli-Pietilä reveals how the innovative Scandinavian packaging company is harnessing automation to optimise overall operational efficiencies (OEE) and support its transformation goals with in-house concept SEEDS (Stora Enso Design System).
Focusing on Industry 4.0, Salesforce General Manager Paul Smith zeroes in on the challenges faced by the sector in the UK & Ireland in closing the digital skills gap. He explains that in order to support a new era of smart manufacturing, learning and development, combined with the deployment of disruptive technologies, will be vital. Smith warns: “The Coalition for a Digital Economypredicts that the UK could see a shortfall of 800,000 digital workers by 2020.”
We also hear from SAS Automotive about its efforts to embrace new technologies capable of increasing operational performance across its assembly processes. “We want to show that we’re 100% available for our customers at all times,” pledges Freddy Torres, Head of Corporate Operational Excellence. In Africa, we learn how the Nigerian Bottling Company (a subsidiary of Coca-Cola) is creating a sustainable and digitally interconnected supply chain.
Elsewhere in this issue, we get the lowdown from software experts Epicor on how UK manufacturers can meet the challenges posed by Brexit and Oliver Wight EAME’s Birgit Breitschuh offers her advice on how best to implement Integrated Business Planning (IBP).