The Future of Production

This McKinsey-WEF knowledge collaboration examines the future of production and how Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are shaping advanced manufacturing. The collaboration centers on the Global Lighthouse Network, a community of organizations that are leading the way with their use of digital and analytics tools across the value chain.

Insights on the future of production

Katy George & Enno de Boer: How digital factories lead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

McKinsey partner Enno de Boer and senior partner Katy George highlight research findings from the Global Lighthouse Network project and talk through the power of manufacturing innovation at scale.

Knowledge collaborations

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and manufacturing’s great reset

– Manufacturers that are ahead in scaling advanced production technologies are successfully navigating four durable shifts that are critical to managing unprecedented disruption.

Industry’s fast-mover advantage: Enterprise value from digital factories

– Manufacturing’s leaders in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) digital technologies are building on their head start—generating even more value across the entire enterprise.

‘Lighthouse’ manufacturers lead the way—can the rest of the world keep up?

– Manufacturing leaders are sprinting ahead with digital and analytics, and changing the rules of the game. A broad scale-up of innovation across the value chain is needed to ensure more winners share the spoils.

The Next Economic Growth Engine: Scaling Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies in Production

– After a decade of stagnated productivity, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to create up to $3.7 trillion in value by 2025. Technologies such as the internet of things, advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing are already helping to generate net productivity increases.

Ramping up operations and business activity post-COVID-19

– Four strategic actions can help companies to effectively prepare and ensure a successful ramp-up of production and business activity for a post-COVID-19 world.

Resuming operations and business activity post-COVID-19

– Perspectives on how companies can return to work and resume operations and business activity as early as possible, while ensuring employees’ safety and preventing new infections.

From our blogs

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A global lockdown opens up new manufacturing insights

– The ‘lighthouses of manufacturing’ initiative, which identifies the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the world, does some innovating of its own.
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Lighthouse manufacturers illuminate path to the next normal

– The Global Lighthouse Network of leading manufacturers are using flexible automation, connectivity, and intelligence at scale to move further and faster than their peers. These organizations are convening Sept. 17 for the inaugural Lighthouse Annual Meeting.
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Sparking the Fourth Industrial Revolution in U.S. manufacturing

– An encouraging call to action rings out for U.S. factories to join the World Economic Forum's Global Lighthouse Network of advanced manufacturers.
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Up to $40b a year up for grabs in manufacturing revolution – Australian companies must act

– Australian manufacturing and resource companies could boost earnings by A$20-40 billion a year if they follow the lead of global “lighthouses” to navigate the unfamiliar waters of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
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Lighting the way: New leaders in the fourth industrial revolution

– The latest additions to the network of “industrial lighthouses” confirm the impact of adopting 4IR technologies at scale and across the value chain.
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The potential impact from manufacturing’s lighthouses in China

– China accounts for 5 of the 16 Industry 4.0 “lighthouse” manufacturing sites that the World Economic Forum (in collaboration with McKinsey) has identified as world leaders in successfully implementing Industry 4.0 at scale.
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution’s scarcest commodity? Time

– There’s no longer much debate on whether the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is here. It is.

Contact us to learn more about the Global Lighthouse Network.

Our people

Partner, New Jersey

Enno de Boer

Senior Partner, New Jersey

Katy George

Senior Expert, Geneva

Yves Giraud