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With a recent study finding that 74% of manufacturing decision-makers are considering upgrading their communications networks by 2022, it’s clear that 5G has a leading role to play in the future of the industry. But how can 5G change the face of manufacturing and engineering in the next few years and beyond?

We are beginning to see the dawn of a fourth industrial revolution, with factories embracing connected devices, automation and artificial intelligence. This opens the door to a world of possibilities, but it also requires strong, reliable connectivity to power these new technologies.

Factories reliant on connected devices and automation technologies such as artificial intelligence are fast becoming the norm in manufacturing. The factories of the future will no doubt need to work fast and more efficiently, to provide cost savings, sustainability and increased outputs. It is their networks that connect them and drive this efficiency, which is why 5G is starting to prove so pivotal for manufacturers.

This is particularly important in the West Midlands, with its strong manufacturing heritage. Our region is strong across manufacturing sectors including aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical and food, earning its title of the Midlands Engine.

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