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Manufacturers Can No Longer Postpone Investments in Digital Technologies to Alleviate the Current Pressures

PRNewswire August 30, 2022

After taking the temperature of process manufacturers, ABI Research finds that manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods are approaching boiling point

LONDON, Aug. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Global technology intelligence firm ABI Research evaluated the impact politics, regulation, the economy, supply chain, ESG, and technology are having on manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), pharmaceuticals, producers of steel, chemicals, pulp and paper, as well as the mining and oil & gas sectors. 

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“Our assessment found that the FMCG sector is under pressure from all sides,” says Michael Larner, Industrial & Manufacturing Research Director at ABI Research. Securing raw materials is challenging considering lockdowns in China and limited grain supplies from Ukraine. Supply shocks are raising input costs, and operating costs are rising with higher energy costs coupled with the pressure to pay higher wages and work sustainably.  

“We all hoped that with the rollout of COVID vaccines, the world would return to ‘normal’,” Larner continues. “However, events have taken a different turn, with the effects felt far and wide. Political decisions and regulations have the most impact on these firms’ operations. After all, governments can lockdown cities and restrict transportation. At the same time, production can stop due to product recalls, as currently witnessed with Abbot Laboratories’ baby formula facility in the United States.”

Each industry is at very different stages concerning its digital maturity. Large mining firms, such as Rio Tinto, are automating many processes, and oil & gas firms, including Saudi Aramco, are utilizing data analytics to monitor operations and their immediate surroundings. Steel, pharma, and pulp and paper producers have more work to do to connect their operations digitally and utilize some of the cutting-edge technologies. Meanwhile, FMCG firms (Procter & Gamble is one such example) are working toward aligning IT and OT teams.

Manufacturers can no longer postpone investments in digital technologies. “Technology is part of the solution to alleviate the pressures. For example, data analytics can help firms understand the potential impacts of supply chain issues and optimize production to retain price points. Also, software can help firms engage in the circular economy and incorporate recycled materials in their products, as seen in the paper and steel industries. Digital technologies are part of the solution,” Larner concludes.

These findings are from ABI Research’s Digital Transformation in Process Manufacturing and Extractive Industries report. This report is part of the company’s Industrial and Manufacturing research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights.

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