2022: An era of predicted difficulties & accelerating development

Aatish Hundia, Director, EVM India

Building onto the momentum it acquired after recovering from the epidemic, manufacturing has shown steady success in 2022, exceeding predictions from the previous two years. Although the total demand and production capacity have reached recent highs, there are signs that the picture may not be as favorable in the near future. Presently, the manufacturing sector continues to outperform forecasts despite difficulties in the supply chain, labour shortages, and an uncertain economic climate. Leaders should harness digital technology, implement strategies for the future scope of work, and promote supply chain resilience in order to continue this growth.

In 2022, adopting digital capabilities across corporate functions and on the factory floor, in conjunction with a comprehensive acceleration in the adoption of digital technology has increased the potential to bring operational efficiencies to scale, thereby assisting manufacturers in capturing growth and preserving long-term profitability.

Processes at the plant are becoming more linked, dependable, efficient, and predictive, and as a consequence, an increasing number of businesses are making headway and seeing outcomes as a result. 45 per cent of manufacturing executives who were questioned for a research anticipate greater gains in operational efficiency in 2022 as a result of investments in the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which connects equipment and automates operations. Approximately half of the CEOs questioned in the research anticipate that investments in robots and cobots would lead to an increase in operational efficiency. The adoption of 5G in the manufacturing sector may also witness growth, thanks to developments in technology and application cases.

The rapid ascent of environmental, social, and governance elements is redefining, and to a greater extent than ever before, elevating, the role of sustainability in manufacturing. It is anticipated that in the year 2022, greater emphasis was paid to industry activities and reporting as investors, boards, consumers, workers, and politicians continue to concentrate on ESG. In a report, it was surveyed that almost ninety-five percent of manufacturing executives questioned had the expectation that their companies would spend more in ESG-related areas in 2022 than they did in 2021.

It is abundantly obvious that the adoption of policies pertaining to the future scope of work, the resilience of supply chains, and digital maturity may assist manufacturing companies in keeping up with the competition and driving performance in the face of robust economic demand. As manufacturers look forward to the next year with optimism, they may be more willing to consider taking risks that may further impact the competitive environment. However, the recent events that we have all been a part of, should also serve to remind manufacturers of the significance of executing with agility, which includes making efforts that begin on a smaller scale and then quickly grow up.

Manufacturers need to balance near-term risk management with longer-term sustainability concerns if they want to retain profit margins and attain growth. The difficulties of the present might pave the way to success in the future. While the extreme levels of business instability over the previous couple of years may have refined instincts to anticipate the unexpected, we as manufacturers have also developed more resilience to maintain momentum and competitiveness.

At the moment, the sector is fretting about issues associated with rising prices and a lack of economic predictability. In addition, manufacturers continue to struggle with talent difficulties, which have the potential to slow down the growing pace of the sector. In addition, concerns with the supply chain such as sourcing bottlenecks, global shipping backlogs, cost pressures, and cyberattacks are projected to continue being significant challenges in the year 2023.

Views expressed by Aatish Hundia, Director, EVM India.

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