Theres no denying that technology has dramatically developed over the past 10 years to meet the growing demands of organisations and individuals across the world. Staying at the forefront of innovation is a basic requirement to sustain a successful business. At Croft, were committed to developing and delivering innovative solutions so its vital for us to keep our finger on the pulse when it comes to new technologies. 10 years ago, we started using the cloud – something that we now often take for granted but back then, it was new, exciting and something that has endless possibilities and pitfalls. In that same decade, technological developments have meant previously unattainable solutions are now readily available to manufacturers. As a company in a niche market, this has played a significant role in our success.
Across 28 years in the industry, Ive been asked countless times what has changed, or what the evolution of technology means for the manufacturing sector. To be perfectly honest, no two answers have ever been the same. The industry is constantly introducing and updating new methods to better both the employee and customer experience. If our 10 year journey into the cloud is anything to go by, technology will continue to develop and shake up global manufacturing. In particular, I think well see a dramatic increase in additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, use in many sectors from manufactoring to medicine making it commonplace technology, in the same way the cloud is now almost a commodity. Technology is a business enabler; so when combined with cutting edge manufacturing processes the impact is dramatic and one that is exciting when you consider the future.
Neil Burns - Director