Hewlett-Packard (HP) has partnered with UK-based Deloitte Consulting to accelerate the digital transformation of the global manufacturing industry through 3D printing. “The digitalization of global manufacturing operations and practices will impact companies and consumers around the world – and 3D printing will play an important role in fundamentally changing manufacturing as we know it,” said Punit Renjen, Global CEO at Deloitte. According to a joint press statement, the two companies will collaborate on the implementation of HP’s 3D printing systems in large-scale manufacturing environments. The digital operations experience is intended to help companies accelerate product design and production, create more flexible manufacturing and supply chains, and enhance efficiency across the manufacturing lifecycle.
Deloitte and HP will offer solutions that combine Deloitte’s business transformation capabilities with HP’s managed print, Device-as-a-Service (DaaS), commercial mobility, and cyber security offerings. This alliance will begin first in the U.S. and expand to other countries as part of the companies’ ongoing collaboration. The companies addd the alliance will combine HP’s 3D Printing solutions and tools with Deloitte’s global client reach and deep manufacturing relationships.
Dion Weisler, President and CEO of HP added: “The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. No sector of the global economy is undergoing more radical transformation than the $12 trillion (USD) manufacturing market. Companies investing in digital reinvention are poised to outpace their peers.” His statement noted that this can help increase innovation, accelerate time-to-market, reduce costs and waste, and help large companies compete more effectively in today’s dynamic global economy. According to a recent study by market research company Freedonia, which analyzes the current $2 billion world 3D printing industry, the demand for 3D printers and software will spike by 21% through 2017, reaching a total value of $5 billion.