Zebra Interview:Manufacturing Vision Study 2017, shows that the number of companies in the world with a wholly-connected plant will grow incredibly over the next 5 years. According to the study, 64% of manufacturing industry expects to be fully connected

What are your Organization’s objectives for the year and how do you feel the objectives will be met during this event?  

Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, just announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017. Anders Gustafsson, chief executive officer of Zebra Technologies said  “We delivered strong fourth-quarter and full-year results, driven by robust demand for our unmatched portfolio of innovative solutions. In the fourth quarter, we drove higher sales across all major product categories and regions, Zebra is well positioned to continue to drive attractive profitable growth.”

Our objectives are to continue to drive our results in Africa and in Nigeria which is a growing country for us. This event is an opportunity for us to meet leading manufacturers and to showcase our latest solutions together with Zetes on our booth.

Zebra's purpose-built solutions span every aspect of manufacturers: plant floor, field operations and warehouse environments. Whether a manufacturer needs fundamental mobility solutions - or is ready for a fully integrated 'Factory of the Future' solution - Zebra helps future-proof manufacturers with unparalleled visibility into goods, assets and transactions.

Our range of printers, mobile computers, ultra-rugged scanners and sensing technology is designed with the demands of industry in mind.


What is your forecast for the manufacturing sector next year?

Manufacturers are entering a new era in which producing high-quality products is paramount to retaining and acquiring customers as well as capturing significant cost savings that impact the bottom line. In this scenario, data and process visibility has become even more important in guiding business decisions: resources - both physical assets, and information - are increasingly interconnected by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which has now become the standard to be pursued in every market.

A study carried out by Zebra, the Manufacturing Vision Study 2017, shows that the number of companies in the world with a wholly-connected plant will grow incredibly over the next 5 years. According to the study, 64% of manufacturing industry expects to be fully connected by 2022; today it’s only 43%. In the near future, employees will use a combination of RFIDs, wearable devices, automated systems and other emerging technologies to monitor physical processes within the plant. Half of the producers are also planning the introduction of wearable technologies by 2022. And 55% of those who are already using wearable technologies are planning to extend their use over the next 5 years. There is also a significant reduction in manual processes. To companies that want to evolve in the IIot key, Zebra Technologies offers technology, devices, international expertise and know-how that can efficiently improve and enhance the industry's production activity through products that are tailored to individual business needs.


How do you think Nigeria Manufacturing Expo/, a platform that brings together the entire value chain of manufacturing sector can help the manufacturing sector?

Zebra’s 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study, a body of research analyzing the emerging trends shaping the future of industrial manufacturing revealed manufacturers are adopting the IoT to enhance visibility and improve quality.  Driven by globalization, intensifying competition and rising customer demand for more options and higher quality products, a connected plant floor has become a necessity.  Zebra’s survey shows the number of organizations achieving a fully connected factory is expected to rise dramatically over the next five years

The survey revealed Manufacturers will continue to adopt Industry 4.0 and the smart factory. Workers will use a combination of radio frequency identification (RFID), wearables, automated systems and other emerging technologies to monitor the physical processes of the plant and enable companies to make decentralized decisions.  By 2022, 64 percent of manufacturers expect to be fully connected compared to just 43 percent today.  There is no doubt Iot is now a standard to be pursued, thanks to its potential to streamline the business, to facilitate the production of more and more personalised goods - in line with current consumer demands - and to allow significant savings in terms of costs, with a consequent strong impact on financial results; In particular, we see significant investments in Bluetooth localisation sensors, especially by companies operating in just-in-time mode, which allow you to locate transport vehicles or components in real time, so that you plan from time to time the best path within the various assembly stations. Or, we're seeing more and more interest in Android-based devices, which improve timing and accuracy in warehouse management.

The Nigeria Manufacturing Expo is the right place to exchange on these key trends.


What role does the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria play in supporting your organization towards resolving challenges in the manufacturing sector?

Today’s manufacturing companies must be customer-centric, agile, and be able to manage increasing complexity to meet customer demands and Supply chains are becoming more complex. Lack of visibility, poor productivity, high operational costs and a lack of understanding of data are obstacles to progress. Zebra Technologies is very well positioned to deliver these solutions as we are a significant player in ‘factory of the future’ solutions space with heritage. Zebra’s broad portfolio of products and solutions enable manufacturers to have a better, real time visibility of the plant floor enabling them to have key insight into their operation. This enables them to make the right decisions and take action at the right time to significantly improve their operational efficiency. The value that Zebra could bring to the market could be fast tracked by the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria introducing Zebra to its members in order for us to educate them on our solutions. This would enable Zebra to engage and provide insight to these Manufactures on how to improve their operational efficiencies in their business.