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GP Bullhound publishes research report: Smart Manufacturing – The Rise of The Machines

26 June 2019 – The way we work and produce things is at the dawn of fundamental changes driven by new technologies, according to a new report released today by leading technology advisory and investment firm GP Bullhound.

Smart Manufacturing: The Rise of the Machines reveals the emergence of a new manufacturing stack driven by the integration of new technologies, such as AI, IoT, digital design, simulation, additive manufacturing and smart robotics. A large part of this change is driven by tremendous amounts of venture investments – more than $6bn in 2018 – and the emergence of new platforms in this vertical.

Dr Nikolas Westphal, Director at GP Bullhound comments:

“Our economies will undergo significant changes in the future, driven by increasingly smart and agile automation across an evolving factory stack. In many of the business models featured in our report, you can already glimpse a future of increasing automation, outcome centricity and a re-invention of the capital goods sector. We ultimately believe that automating repetitive tasks will enable us to concentrate on those qualities that set us apart from machines and algorithms: being and acting human.”

The full report, Smart Manufacturing: The Rise of The Machines, is available for download here.

The report takes a global approach with focus across the cyberphysical production stack, analysing the funding and M&A market activity in the sector, and how the major incumbents and entrants communicate on their strategies in R&D, investments, acquisitions and partnerships.

The report contains views from cutting-edge smart manufacturing start-ups, such as Bright Machines and Oden Technologies, large strategics, such as Bosch and General Electric, leading professional services company Accenture, as well as investors and academics.


For enquiries, please contact:
Dr Nikolas Westphal, Director, at 
Simon Miremadi, Vice President, at

About GP Bullhound

GP Bullhound is a leading technology advisory and investment firm, providing transaction advice and capital to the world’s best entrepreneurs and founders. Founded in 1999, the firm today has offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin, Manchester, Paris, Hong Kong, Madrid and New York. For more information, please visit, or follow on Twitter @GPBullhound

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