2018 manufacturing trends the media will want to cover

With January less than a month away, we’re looking ahead to three manufacturing trends the media will be most interested in 2018.

  1. The Internet of Things (IoT) – Forbes recently released an article on 10 predictions for IoT in 2018, and while there is still a lot to be worked out in regards to device integration, one of the biggest storylines we see happening is that of IoT cybersecurity. There are no standards or regulations for IoT devices (yet), but more than 100 security protocols. The challenges are present, and there will undoubtedly be more IoT-related attacks in 2018.
  2. Automation – Robots and automation aren’t new to manufacturing, however the meteoric rise of global spending on robotics is only expected to continue. While the subject has been reported on in the past, the potential (and real) disruption of robots and automation in the job market will continue to make headlines.
  3. 3D printing – From buildings and prosthetics to even food, 3D printing is rapidly working its way into a variety of industries. While the ability of 3D printing to actually revolutionize those industries might be further off, there will be no shortage of talk about how disruptive 3D printing will be for scale production.

If you own a company that is working in these areas and haven’t gotten the earned media coverage you deserve, give us a call at 865-977-1973. We have the manufacturing public relations experience needed to get your name and story in front of the top voices in the industry.


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