Analyzing the United Arab Emirates Manufacturing Sector and its Readiness for Industry 4.0

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    Abstract

    With the emergence of Industry 4.0 technologies, the manufacturing sector will need to adjust its structure, process and products to satisfy the requirements of this transformation. The manufacturing sector in the UAE plays an imperative part in its economic diversification efforts and the pursuit of sustainable economic growth and the government enacted many strategies to support the growth of this sector. This research proposes a framework for evaluating the readiness of the manufacturing sector for Industry 4.0 through a survey questionnaire. Preliminary results show that there is lack of knowledge about Industry 4.0 in general, and specifically when it comes to the potential benefits and expected changes brought by the transformation. The main driver behind implementing Industry 4.0 concept are pressure from rivals and market requirements. Also, certain level of Industry 4.0 technologies exists with the potential to increase the level of adoption. Moreover, there is a gap in the skillset needed for Industry 4.0 and no plans initiated to close this gap. Finally, surveyed companies are still developing their Industry 4.0 strategy and organization culture plays an important role in driving digital transformation.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Technology Management, Operations and Decisions, ICTMOD 2020
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    ISBN (Electronic)9781728159508
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 24 Nov 2020
    Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Technology Management, Operations and Decisions, ICTMOD 2020 - Marrakech, Morocco
    Duration: 24 Nov 202027 Nov 2020

    Publication series

    Name2020 IEEE International Conference on Technology Management, Operations and Decisions, ICTMOD 2020

    Conference

    Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Technology Management, Operations and Decisions, ICTMOD 2020
    Country/TerritoryMorocco
    CityMarrakech
    Period24/11/2027/11/20

    Keywords

    • Base technologies
    • Collaboration
    • Frond-end technologies
    • Industry 4.0
    • Manufacturing sector
    • Readiness
    • UAE

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