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How has Covid-19 impacted the fourth industrial revolution?

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced firms to think creatively to overcome the challenges of a limited workforce, global supply chain dependencies, as well as new health and safety restrictions that are being imposed by governments worldwide. In this context, digital transformation has become more widespread than ever, providing a big opportunity for the broader adoption of innovative technologies.

This special briefing report provides an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on three core Industry 4.0 technologies – 3D printing, robotics, and the Industrial Internet of Things – and charts how the pandemic has impacted existing trends and developments for each.

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Free Report: 

Impact of Covid-19 on

Industry 4.0

What will you discover?

  • How COVID-19 has accelerated industry 4.0 adoption across a number of industries, as well as accentuated trends in the labour market and broader economy that were gaining momentum pre-pandemic.

  • How the healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and other sectors have forged new relationships with technology providers, suppliers, and start-ups to boost the COVID-19 response.

  • How the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and 3D printing have expanded their role in strengthening global upstream and downstream supply chains.

  • The new innovations and developments in manufacturing in response to social distancing and disinfection measures.

Who should read this report?

This report is suitable for industry participants and stakeholders in the global digital transformation market:

  • Executives, companies, and organisations that provide digital transformation services or that wish to understand more about the market.

  • Governments, regulatory authorities, policymakers and financial organisations looking to adopt innovative digital technologies.

  • Researchers, analysts, educators, strategy managers, and academic institutions looking for insights into the market to determine future strategies.

About the Author



Founder & Principal

James McKay is an independent research consultant with expertise in the design and end-to-end implementation of custom research projects and global trend analyses.

As principal and founder of McKayResearch, he has 15 years’ experience providing strategic research services both to the world’s leading market intelligence firms and a growing portfolio of private clients that include legal consultancies and investment firms. His research instruments and analyses have been widely published by a variety of technology and business publications, including the Financial Times. 

On a personal level, James’s experience in varied sectors makes him at home with the multi-faceted application of digital assets and he is passionate about contributing to a greater understanding of the disruptive potential of this rapidly evolving space. 

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