Registration now open for Automation Alley’s 2021 Technology in Industry Reveal on June 22

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May 18, 2021
Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications,, 248.260.8466; Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley;; 248.457.3301
Troy, Mich. - May 18, 2021 - Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and a World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) for North America, will launch the 2021 Technology in Industry Report digitally on June 22, alongside a virtual panel discussion at 11 a.m., featuring leaders from industry, academia and government who will discuss the urgent need for solutions that spur further manufacturing resilience and innovation.
The Technology in Industry Report, which Automation Alley has published for over a decade, provides a deep dive into Industry 4.0 adoption challenges, opportunities, use cases, and action items for industry leaders. Cases studies in the 2021 report look at technology companies such as Omron, PTC, Verizon and Comcast, and showcase how each was able to help manufacturers at different levels of Industry 4.0 sophistication implement a variety of digital solutions. Considering the impact COVID-19 has had on the manufacturing world, this report, and the discussions around it, are critical.
“The rapid pace of technological advancement, unprecedented supply chain disruptions, and increased resource constraints are placing added pressure on the global manufacturing ecosystem to create resilient and innovative production systems to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth,” Tom Kelly, Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO, said. “The 2021 Tech in Industry Report and the virtual reveal present a platform around which we can hold a solutions-oriented discussion with advocates in the trenches of Industry 4.0.”
The panel discussion will be moderated by Kelly and includes:
  • Haley Stevens, US Congresswoman
  • Sherif Marakby, Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Magna International Inc.
  • Jeff Hall, Senior Director of Technology and Strategic Sales at Omron
  • Dr. David Schippers, Assistant Professor of Automotive Cybersecurity & Cybersecurity Chair, Information Technology Decision Sciences at Walsh College. The panel will be moderated by Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO, Tom Kelly.
Attendees to the virtual panel discussion will receive free digital access to the 2021 Technology in Industry Report. To register, visit:
About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) for North America and a nonprofit Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a regional focus. We facilitate public-private partnerships by connecting industry, education and government to fuel Michigan's economy and accelerate innovation. Our programs give businesses a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. We obsess over disruptive technologies like AI, the Internet of Things and automation, and work hard to make these complex concepts easier for companies to understand and implement. Visit
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.