Sandvik Coromant continues the dialogue on industrial trends

June 19th marks the world premiere of the second Sandvik Coromant trend film “A look ahead at hyperspecialization and the talent mismatch”.

The company began 2013 by striking up a dialogue with the manufacturing industry focusing on macro trends affecting the future of manufacturing. This was supported by a trend report and a video highlighting the effects of urbanization, sustainability, new materials and new technology.

This time the industry leader takes a look at competence related trends like the upcoming skills gap and talent mismatch where the world may lack up to 85 million skilled workers by the year 2020. Other topics include hyperspecialization and the way we will educate people in the future.

“When it comes to the trends of the manufacturing industry, market leaders have a responsibility to be perceptive and forward thinking. We are a knowledge company and competence and R&D are part of our main corner stones. That is why it is imperative to us that there is a dialogue in the industry on how to meet future demands on competence and skills”, says Klas Forsström President, Sandvik Coromant.

The talent mismatch
With the baby boom generation going into retirement and taking their knowledge with them we are faced with a number of new challenges. This also means that knowledge and skills will become a much more scarce resource in the future. Despite the fact that we are facing the largest new generation group ever, there is a problem. Their profile is not very well matched with the competence needs of the industry. This will force companies to change the way they construct their work. It will also change the way we think about education.

The age of hyper specialization
In the future manufacturers will not be able to have all competencies in house. This opens up for new ways of working and cooperating. For example, previously outsourcing was a matter of cost. In the future it will be a means to access required skills. Work as such will be constructed differently by distributing it to specialists around the world and then bringing it back together again for delivery.

“It is very much an orchestrated network where specific project managers will coordinate a set of experts just like a conductor leads the way in a philharmonic orchestra. This way of working opens up for new partnerships and cooperation between manufacturers, tool makers, machine makers, universities and research centers,” Klas Forsström explains.

Learning on demand
In order to meet the needs of skilled specialists, universities and education institutions as we know them need to change their way of working. In the future there is a much greater need of learning on demand in terms of providing the right training, to the right people, at the right place and at the right time. We are moving from linear learning to modular learning.

Continued dialogue
The current trends present threats as well as opportunities. Companies who figure out how to take advantage of new ways of working enabled by new technologies will have a significant advantage in the future.

“We will continue the dialogue about the future of the manufacturing industry and share important knowledge on new trends and challenges”, Klas Forström concludes.

The authorities in the video
Thomas W. Malone is a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management.
Tammie Johns is the CEO of Strategy and Talent Corporation.
Mikael Lövblad works with business intelligence at Sandvik.
John Jacobsen is a senior manager at Sandvik Coromant Academy.

The trend video is available at:

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About Sandvik Coromant

Sandvik Coromant is a global leading supplier of cutting tools, tooling solutions and know-how to the metalworking industry. With extensive investments in research and development we create unique innovations and set new productivity standards together with our customers. These include the world's major automotive, aerospace and energy industries. Sandvik Coromant has 8000 employees and is represented in 130 countries. We are part of the business area Sandvik Machining Solutions within the global industrial group Sandvik.

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