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How do you house an industrial revolution?

Catalyst for Change: Arcadis is researching how industrial sectors are responding to the new pressures created by the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) in planning and managing built assets.

Tjerk van der Meer

Global Sector Leader Conglomerates

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“Where building portfolios previously took a back seat, they are increasingly recognized as integral to the value chain.”

Digitalization, globalization and explosive advancements in technology are evolving industrial manufacturing and propelling the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) forwards at an accelerated pace. This is putting fresh pressures on how the supply chain interacts and the way production and other facilities are planned and constructed.

Although delivering effective facilities that respond to production and demand has always been a challenge, the landscape has changed and the need to have responsive built assets and resources is at new levels.

A new paradigm emerges that demands built asset portfolios and resources are integrated into a seamless value chain, de-risking timing and quality of product-to-market. 

A traditional approach involving local, decentralized asset planning of capital expenditure projects is changing. Today global companies are focusing on business outcomes and the value generated from a fully optimized portfolio of facilities. 

But how are the industrial sectors responding? And what is your position in the context of your peers?

It is evident that companies are already responding to these challenges and we have seen some companies realize the benefits of greater knowledge, visibility and control of their assets and their supply chains. Yet there are few sources of insight into how industrial sectors as a whole are responding, and how individual companies are performing in context of their peers.

Arcadis is seeking to address this by conducting industry research on these issues. We will be speaking to companies across industrial sectors to identify how they manage their capital programs and are responding to the issues outlined in our paper, available to download at the bottom of this page. The findings will provide insight into how each industrial sector is responding and make some overarching comparisons between sectors.

If you work in the private industrial sectors outlined below and would like to be involved in this research, please contact Matthew Chatterton or Rebecca Maguire at Ipsos MORI. All participation will be treated confidentially and results will be anonymized. Highlights of the findings will be published in an Arcadis report, which we will share with you and will be available on www.arcadis.com

Private industrial sectors we are researching:

  • Automotive
  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)
  • Food & Beverage
  • Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Heavy Industrials
  • Tech Manufacturing

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Tjerk van der Meer

Global Sector Leader Conglomerates

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Arcadis White paper

Catalyst For Change

How do you house an industrial revolution?

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