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Troy, Mich. – June 22, 2021 – Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and a World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) for North America, launched the 2021 Technology in Industry Report digitally today during a virtual panel discussion with 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; and Haley Stevens, US Congresswoman.  The panel was moderated by Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO, Tom Kelly.

The 2021 Tech in Industry Report was prepared with support from Automation Alley’s Industry 4.0 academic and corporate partners and highlights several real-world Industry 4.0 success stories and features executive summaries and action items on the most pressing Industry 4.0 topics for small and medium-sized enterprises, including:

  • Holistic Industry 4.0 Adoption
  • AI, Robotics & Big Data
  • 3D Printing
  • 5G
  • Supply Chain Disruption
  • Cyber Risk Mitigation
  • Industry 4.0 Diversity and Inclusion
  • Equipping our Digital Workforce

To access the report, visit and click on Knowledge in the navigation bar. Visitors will note Automation Alley’s redesigned website, which resembles a modern media site and offers an ease-of-use experience for visitors to explore news and thought leadership on Industry 4.0 from Automation Alley executives, members and partners, as well as providing links to Automation Alley initiatives including Project DIAMOnD and the Automation Alley Industry 4.0 Accelerator.

Members will find an updated interface to login and manage their account and event registrations. Additionally, Knowledge, Initiatives, Events, and Membership pages are easily accessible via sidebar links throughout the website.

“The impetus for the new website was for Automation Alley to continue progressing in the digital age, using a more modern platform for current and prospective members and visitors to explore the organization’s capabilities and reach as Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center,” Tom Kelly, CEO of Automation Alley, said.

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.