During the fourth quarter of 2012, Machines Italia together with IndustryWeek magazine conducted its survey on the usage of automation in the manufacturing sector. This Survey had as its objectives the following:
- Examine the use of automation and robotics among manufacturers;
- Investigate the use of and perception of Italian machines;
- Determine future purchasing plans and the important factors and players in the decision-making process.
The methodology was straight forward as IndustryWeek's Penton Research emailed invitations to participate in the online survey to the print subscribers of its publication, IndustryWeek magazine. Over 342 North American manufacturers took part and the findings are available in the executive summary available for download in our "Publications" section. Nearly three in four respondents compete in global markets. Those who do indicated that automated equipment or robotics has helped their firm compete.
Some highlights which you will find in the survey are the following:
- In order to accommodate the greater use of robotics and automation, 59% of respondents have expanded the skill level of their workforce. Among those, three in four have expanded the skill level moderately or significantly;
- The majority of respondents plan to increase North American production in an effort to meet the needs of an expanding market. 39% of respondents planning an increase in production expect it to be by 10% or more;
- The majority of respondents indicate a focus on high value-added niche products is an extremely or very important strategic target for their company. Establishing new plants is considered least important.
Machines Italia provides this executive survey free of charge in the hopes that you and your company will view the findings as helpful tools in your current and upcoming manufacturing activities.
For media interested in obtaining more information on the survey, kindly contact any of our Machines Italia offices located in the "Contact" section of our site.