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76 SMT007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2018 1 Is UK Manufacturing Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? E The new fourth Industrial Revolu- tion (4IR) is driving the transformation of manufacturing across the world, e n c o m p a s s i n g breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, big data, the Internet of Things and 3D printing. 2 Positive Outlook for European EMS Industry E After a few years of very slow growth, the mood in the European EMS indus- try is more buoyant in 2017 and the prospects for further growth are good. 3 Customers Drive Investment Decisions E In our recent survey on invest- ing in new equip- ment, one ques- tion we asked is what or who influences the research into new equipment to buy for their factories. A majority, 77% of respondents, say that addressing customers' needs is the primary influence in their research for new equipment, followed by market conditions or trends. 4 Top Reasons for Investing in New Equipment E In our recent survey, a majority of respon- dents said they consider increasing capacity and improving their existing manufacturing capability as top reasons for investing in new equipment for their production lines. Recent Highlights from

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