Sometimes manufacturing can feel like a battle between David and Goliath. But in the era of automation (Industry 4.0), manufacturers are discovering the advantages to being smaller. Automation technology has leveled the playing field and now smaller means nimble, niche and for the first time heading in the same direction as the big guys.
New technology means that smaller businesses have access to a huge amount of capability that may have been too large an investment in the past to consider. Automation also reduces the cost of manufacturing meaning companies don’t need a huge turn over to be viable and competitive. The networking of older machines can be achieved at relatively low cost - and the production benefits can be huge.