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Business secretary Greg Clark has co-chaired a meeting of the UK’s business and manufacturing leaders to discuss how the UK manufacturing industry can be transformed through industrial digital technology (IDT).

Co-chaired by Professor Juergen Maier, Siemens CEO, the Made Smarter Commission is made up of eight women and eight men from the some of the world’s leading businesses and trade bodies and unions.

The Commission discussed how the manufacturing industry can be transformed by new techniques such as 3D printing, simulation testing and other innovative uses of IDTs as well as the need for stronger and more ambitious leadership.

The Made Smarter Commission is designed to oversee and take forward a plan for the sector, including how manufacturing will help realise the Grand Challenges, putting the industry at the heart of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.

Clark said: “We are on the cusp of a fourth Industrial Revolution and British manufacturing needs to be ready for it.

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