May 16, 2020

Is Saudi Arabia going to be the world's next big manufacturing destination?

Saudi Arabia Manufacturing
Middle East Manufacturing
manuf
Glen White
2 min
Saudi Arabia is the fastest growing country in the manufacturing sector with a predicted average year-on-year growth of 7.5 percent until 2018.
Saudi Arabia is the fastest growing country in the manufacturing sector with a predicted average year-on-year growth of 7.5 percent until 2018. Saudi Ar...

Saudi Arabia is the fastest growing country in the manufacturing sector with a predicted average year-on-year growth of 7.5 percent until 2018. Saudi Arabia’s manufacturing sector is poised for significant growth in the sector, particularly in the field of technology, not only on a regional level, but on a global scale, says Martin Kuban, lead research analyst at International Data Corporation (IDC) Manufacturing Insights, Central Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) region.

“The diversification of the country's oil-based economy is progressing steadily, supported by a positive economic environment and favorable investment attitudes. And IT innovation spirits are rather high, as many of the new businesses are not saddled with extensive client-based solutions,” he added.

According to the latest insights released today by International Data Corporation (IDC), IT spending in Saudi Arabia is growing at the fastest rate across the whole CEMA region.

Continuous GDP growth, and improved business environment and more foreign direct investment is driving development a number of different manufacturing sub-sectors, said Kuban. Software and IT services are the fastest growing segments.

The third platform IT solutions and the Internet of Things are also expected to play a more essential role in the Saudi manufacturing sector over the coming five to 10 years. The future of manufacturing in Saudi Arabia will remain dominated by large manufacturing entities and conglomerates focusing on asset-oriented and brand-oriented manufacturing.

According to the ICD report, the manufacturing sector delivers roughly 10 percent of Saudi Arabia's GDP, and it holds significant potential both in terms of its contribution to GDP and the ongoing diversification of industries.

“Manufacturing in technology and engineering-oriented value chains will be driven by emerging small and medium businesses, mostly established in industrial zones surrounding big cities,” said Kuban. “Many of these hubs will emerge as centers of innovation and excellence, closely tied to newly developed research and development facilities.”

IT will play a crucial role in these new establishments, and this will be in visible contrast to the country's large manufacturing companies. “While these will also undergo considerable IT transformation, it will typically be at a much slower pace and with less grace due to the lack of IT skills and poorer decision-making capabilities of their internal IT organizations,” he said.

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Jun 16, 2021

Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line

Fluentai
BSH
AI
Technology
2 min
Fluent.ai and BSH announce plans to bring speech-to-intent AI to the assembly line that will increase factory efficiency and improve worker ergonomics

Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines. 

 

According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.

 

What Sets Fluent.ai Apart? 

After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.  

 

  • Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions. 
  • Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately. 
  • Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations. 

 

How Voice Automation Works

Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production. 

 

‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’. 

 

Future Global Adoption 

In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier. 

 

Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’. 

 

 

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