Jan 22, 2021

Accenture: the state of cloud for industrial companies

Accenture
Cloud
Technology
Business Value
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Cloud technology
Manufacturing Global looks at Accenture’s report on the value case for cloud adoption, and why it's imperative for organisations to adopt the tech now...

“To ride out the disruption created by COVID-19 and thrive in the post-pandemic world, industrial CEOs must embark on a program of reinvention,” comments Accenture.

Within the report, Accenture highlights eight themes that are supporting accelerations for industrial companies, three of which directly related to cloud technology.

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1. Growth, now & next

To retain and attract customers in the future, Accenture explains that industrial companies need to “urgently accelerate the move to service-driven revenues and resilient service operations,” increasing them to 30 to 50% of revenue by 2030.

Such demand challenges will see industrial organisations finding cloud platforms essential to enable as-a-service models, “providing options for pay-as-you-go/outcome-based models for new markets and segments with infrastructure that can scale, expand and shrink as required,” adds Accenture.

Cloud can also be vital for predictive maintenance for smart connected products, as well as enable a remote field workforce to address customers needs in real time, remotely and securely. “As products become smarter and more connected, cloud can be leveraged to stand up infrastructure, systems, and processes to monitor Internet of Things (IoT) device data for anomalies and alerts, and proactively provide real-time services to customers,” says Accenture.

2. Speed (smart connected products & services)

In order to increase resilience in the supply chain, visibility must be “extended far beyond the boundaries of an organisation’s four walls,” comments Accenture, who continues to explain that, “industrial businesses are critically dependent on a network of suppliers, which often reach beyond primary suppliers to secondary or even tertiary suppliers.” 

To increase resilience this extended supply chain network needs to be integrated to create greater operational visibility, which cloud can provide.

In addition industrial companies can also benefit from the use of AI and machine learning within their cloud platforms for real time demand-sensing and forecasting insights to further increase their supply chain resilience. 

3. Cost (Fit for Purpose)

“From an IT operations perspective, migrating on-premises applications to the cloud should be a priority for industrial companies seeking to shift from capital to operating expenditure.,” states Accenture, who reports that cloud can provide financial flexibility, the ability to increase or decrease infrastructure capacity, and the capacity to onboard new partners faster. 

Finally Accenture highlights the need for industrial companies to achieve seamless integration, as well as provide interoperability for new modern manufacturing capabilities that leverage IoT on production lines. “To achieve this, they need to evaluate cloud models for manufacturing execution (MES) and product life cycle management (PLM) systems, which can provide speed and agility.”

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May 10, 2021

Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility

ElectricVehicles
SmartManufacturing
Sustainability
Technology
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Lion Electric |Smart Manufacturing | Sustainable Manufacturing | Electric Vehicles | Electric School Buses | Electric Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles | Sustainability | Technology | Freight | Transportation
Lion Electric announces its selection of Illinois to construct its all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicle manufacturing facility...

Who is Lion Electric?

Founded in 2008, Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric. 

Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility

Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.

The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers. 

It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.

“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”

Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois

Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.

Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation

As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.

“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.

“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.” 

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