By Industrial Digest
“We are living in exciting times. The manufacturing sector must prepare itself for the Fourth Industrial Revolution coming in the age of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA).”
Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said yesterday, when he declared opened the 2020 edition of the Annual Nigeria Manufacturing and Equipment (NME) Expo jointly organized by Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) with the Nigerian Raw Materials Exposition (NIRAM) of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC).
Osinbajo, represented by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, said: I am extremely pleased to see that the theme of this conference ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Nigerian manufacturing sector,’ seeks to address the changes that we should expect.”
He commended MAN and its leadership for “being forward looking and for visualizing so clearly what the future will be like.”
He stresses the need for micro, small and large manufacturers in the country to migrate their production processes to Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, citing their gains in terms of products quality, and quantity that are required for successful market participation.
“The possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile phone devices, with unprecedented processing storage capacity, and access to knowledge are unlimited.
‘And these possibilities will be multiplied by emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, etc. Already, AI is all around us from self driving cars and drones to virtual assistance and software that automatically translate languages.”
New Technologies influencing manufacturing input and output
MAN President, Masur Ahmed, said that the theme of the conference is informed by the emergence of new technologies, changing markets and the upcoming African free trade market which calls for stakeholders’ collaboration to anticipate and respond appropriately to the evolving manufacturing eco-system which is being ushered in the rapid adoption of these new and innovative technologies.
“These new technologies which are largely driven by digital revolution such as robotics, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing are influencing manufacturing input and output,” he said.
Director – General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Prof. Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, added that the expo is to showcase latest raw materials and latest breakthrough in AI, IoT, robotic, etc, to domestic industries.
DANGOTE FERTILIZER : In picture from left: Blessing Iyere, welcomes the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Engr. Mansur Ahmed President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, and other dignitaries to the Dangote Fertilizer Stand at the ongoing 2020 NME/ NIRAM Expo in Lagos, today.