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By Jakob Sand | 29 January 2018

Rise of the Co-bots – the next generation of robots revolutionising manufacturing

Industrial robots are traditionally big and burly - and about as safe to be around as a switchblade knife with a razor blade handle. That is why they are placed in protective cages. Collaborative robots are the opposite. Extensive sensors and limitations on movement speed and...

By Jakob Sand and Rick Schreiber | 22 January 2018

3D Printing Is Going Metal, Bringing Big Opportunities To Manufacturers

 3D printing is set to have seismic implications on manufacturing companies, especially in relation to cross-border trade. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing can lessen labour needs, reducing the need to source parts and goods across borders. If today’s pace of...

By Jakob Sand | 15 January 2018

Is Manufacturing Next In Line For Technology M&A Disruption?

Chinese companies have been busy investing overseas in recent years, spending a record $207 billion on overseas acquisitions in 2016. While 2017 will not reach that high watermark, it will likely still top $150 billion. Many of these deals were – and will be - in the...

By Jakob Sand | 02 January 2018

Five Ways Augmented Reality Is Changing Manufacturing

Augmented Reality (AR) is like a quiet little brother that is about to steal the limelight from its louder, virtual big brother. At least as far as manufacturing is concerned.

By Jakob Sand | 28 November 2017

Why ’Asymmetry’ Is Central To Understand Renewable Energy M&A

Renewable power needs a fridge. That may sound a bit funny, but the reason is that it currently shares similarities with the pre-refrigeration food industry. Namely the issue of storage.

By Jakob Sand | 08 November 2017

Why Largescale Renewable M&A is Dominated by Wind Power

While solar dominates renewable M&A in terms of numbers, wind rules when it comes to largescale deals. That is one of the trends found when looking at data on renewable energy deals in the BDO M&A database.

By Jakob Sand | 01 November 2017

Five reasons why AI, big data and renewables are the perfect M&A storm

During 2017, an M&A trend has gathered momentum. It involves technologies like big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) meeting renewable energy.

By Jakob Sand | 04 October 2017

FDs have a wealth of experience which can add great value to a cybersecurity strategy.

They  approach cybersecurity from a holistic business angle, integrating risk management, ERP, compliance, reporting, valuation and business continuity.

By Jakob Sand | 02 October 2017

Bots And Virtual Assistants Could End Advertising As We Know It

Virtual assistants and chat bots come in many shapes and sizes. Most probably known Amazon’s Alexa or Facebook’s M assistant. The border between chat bots and virtual assistants is sketchy at best. In this article, I use the term virtual assistant (VA) to talk about systems...

By Tony Spillett | 10 September 2017

What does 17 Years Of Tech Track 100 Reveal About UK Tech Companies?

The 2017 Tech Track 100 of private technology companies sets several records. It also highlights how fast-growing technology companies are a driving force in the UK economy.