For businesses in Asia, being future-proof means that technology, processes and people must be equipped and aligned to tackle the challenges ahead. As such, owners and leaders are shifting their focus from simply surviving to thriving in the months and years to come. However, making big plans can be a challenge. It is easy to get distracted with the customary details of operations and lose sight of the bigger picture.
But to what level can owners and leaders future-proof their companies, when so much remains unknown? Technology has always developed at an unparalleled pace, and now, the call for dependable high-speed machine tools and digital process automation will separate companies learning as they go versus those relying on the pre-pandemic platform. In this way, investing in new technologies and skills training will be a non-negotiable reason for businesses that do not want to be left catching up.
In this issue of International Metalworking News for Asia, it is always informative to check out feature interviews of technology leaders from the world’s most innovative and influential companies who are inspiring fundamental change in today’s fluid economy. Mr. Dharmesh Arora, APAC CEO from Schaeffler shared his view on Asia Pacific’s futuristic e-mobility and how to strengthen EV technology. Marcelo Tarkieltaub, Regional Director of Southeast Asia, Rockwell Automation disclosed key lessons industrial players can learn from the challenges thrown, as well as insights on how to future-proof enterprises for the decades ahead.
It goes without saying that technology will be front and centre in future proofing your company. Prof. Dirk Biermann, Head of the Institute of Machining Technology sees laser polishing primarily as a supplementary process. This relatively young technology has already conquered certain niches. Meanwhile, Mats Wennmo, Global Automotive Transmission Manager at Sandvik Coromant, explains how a process known as power skiving can help EV manufacturers keep-up, but with greatly-reduced machining times. Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO, Siemens Digital Industries Software points out the unique advantages of cloud including the development Siemens has done in moving its product offerings to the cloud, as well as incorporating its platform for better cooperation.
Hard times often present important possibilities to move and re-establish new business platforms that can serve your clients even better than before. Now is the time to approach your future planning and long-term vision with a focus on agility and development.
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