Manufacturers in the North West are being urged to accelerate technology adoption to adjust to the economic challenges around the supply chain, energy costs, post-Brexit and Covid.
Made Smarter, the movement connecting UK manufacturing industries to digital tools, conducted a survey of some 200 SME manufacturers in the North West.
The results highlighted how the last two years affected them, and their approach to digitalisation and priorities going forward.
The survey revealed while many (35 per cent) of makers, particularly smaller businesses, are focussed on survival after a turbulent few years, achieving growth by improving productivity and adopting digital technologies are key drivers for SMEs.
Two-in-five manufacturers (38 per cent) revealed they had plans to invest in or adopt new technology in the next two or three years. Meanwhile, one in three respondents said their latest business strategy included integrating digital technology or a roadmap towards automation.
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