Last year was characterized in terms of logistics and transport by numerous interruptions caused by the supply chain crisis. From the scarcity of products, to the pressure of costs and the increase in inflation, leading to a consequent rise in the prices of raw materials. Faced with this situation, manufacturers have been forced to review their supply strategies and increase their inventories to prevent this critical scenario from repeating itself.
At IFS, a global company for business applications and a specialist in solutions for the manufacturing sector, they identify among 80% of manufacturing companies a trend towards reducing your reliance on long-haul container shipping favoring the search for local alternatives or the “proximity sourcing”
“In 2022, manufacturers will seek greater diversity and flexibility in supplier partnerships, as well as focus on where and, perhaps more importantly, how they source their materials, goods and services.” explains Juan González, country manager of IFS Iberia.
In addition, technology will play a fundamental role. On the one hand, promoting additive manufacturing (AM) which, through 3D printers, will allow entities to produce, not just one component or product, but something completely different, addressing at least part of the bottlenecks in the chain. of supply.
On the other hand, linking the manufacturing machines and the tools connected to their commercial systems, allowing a vision and full use of the data generated. In fact, connectivity with production machines is a priority on the manufacturers’ agenda and already in 2021, robot orders they increased 67% in the second quarter. With all this, by 2022, 40% of manufacturing companies will use connectivity in their production machines and critical systems.
Precisely, this wave of data leads us to the next trend that contemplates the centralization of data in integrated systems that allow simplifying the control of permissions and access, improving security and a single software platform involved in the operation of the business.
“Manufacturers should look for vendors and partners that can offer a solution for all of their business processes in one place, with innovation and security updates built into the core product. In fact, we estimate that more than 65% of manufacturing companies will join this model, acquiring a greater competitive advantage.Gonzalez explains.
In this sense, the commitment to these technological tools will allow companies to carry out order planning through advanced calculations based on forecast demand and proven capacity, as well as to face other great challenges for this year, decarbonization and sustainability.
With all this, 60% of manufacturers will prioritize reducing their carbon footprint as part of their overall sustainability efforts and accelerate their reporting capabilities. Governments and the financial community are making significant investments to combat climate change: the European Commission, for example, has set a goal of “net zero emissions by 2050”, putting legally binding pressure on companies to reduce their carbon footprint. carbon. To meet these requirements, data will be paramount.
“Sustainability will require measurement capabilities, both upstream and downstream, and manufacturers will need to leverage the technology strategically, not only to drive end-to-end data transparency, but also to report on it when needed.” concludes the manager.