Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
The Next Production Revolution
Implications for Governments and Business
This publication examines the opportunities and challenges, for business and government,
associated with technologies bringing about the “next production revolution”. These
include a variety of digital technologies (e.g. the Internet of Things and advanced
robotics), industrial biotechnology, 3D printing, new materials and nanotechnology.
Some of these technologies are already used in production, while others will be available
in the near future. All are developing rapidly. As these technologies transform the
production and the distribution of goods and services, they will have far-reaching
consequences for productivity, skills, income distribution, well-being and the environment.
The more that governments and firms understand how production could develop in the
near future, the better placed they will be to address the risks and reap the benefits.
Published on May 10, 2017Also available in: French
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