2016 Manufacturing Industry Trends

2016 looks to be a promising year for the manufacturing industry, thanks in part to advances in several technologies, including 3D printing, e-commerce, robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). These technologies are going to start to transform how manufacturers produce products and get finished goods into consumers’ hands. It is also going to signify a change in the types of skills manufacturers are going to be looking for in their employees.

3D Printing

3D printing is an emerging technology which is going to significantly grow in the manufacturing industry throughout 2016 and well into 2017, as the costs for 3D printers start to decline, as well as showing an increase in third party 3D printing services. 3D printing technologies will make it possible for manufacturers to have better control of the number and types of products they produce. In addition, it will make it possible for some manufacturers to expand into other market segments by reducing the barriers to entry.


Manufacturers are going to start to capture a bigger portion of aftermarket parts sales, as well as offer consumers a wider range of customizations by ordering direct, rather than through a supplier or distributor. E-commerce provides an ideal solution for manufacturers to experiment with different products without significant investment capital, common when using traditional resale methods, and brick and mortar retailers. Instead of stocking inventories, manufacturers can offer new products online and build them to order.

2016 Manufacturing Industry Trends


The use of robotics in manufacturing facilities is going to continue to increase into 2016. While some are concerned about displacing human workers, this will not entirely be the case. There is going to be a demand for employees with robotics and computer skills, as well as computer designers. Additionally, even though the robots will be doing most of the assembly processes, there will still be a need for hands-on customizations and other such opportunities for those with the right skills and experience.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

For those who do not know what IoT is, it is a technology being incorporated into a wide range of finished goods that allows the products to collect and share data, as well as be enabled with Internet and home-networking capabilities. Manufacturers are going to incorporate this technology into even more consumer goods and products in 2016.

For instance, appliances, like a refrigerator, could be built using IoT technology, where the refrigerator will be able to alert you when you are running low on milk or the water filter needs to be changed, or send a customized grocery list to your attached printer, showing everything you need to buy at the grocery store to restock your refrigerator.

Standardized Industrial Uniforms

Expect some manufacturers to adopt new work uniform policies in 2016. Employers will be able to use different colored uniforms or designs in order to distinguish the roles and responsibilities of employees on the manufacturing floor. In addition, the use of uniforms eliminates the potential for problems with employee dress codes.

For all of your workplace uniform and work wear needs, please feel free to contact Prudential Overall Supply today by phoning 800-767-5536. We offer a variety of apparel, facility, and cleanroom services, with the option to rent, lease, or purchase.

Standardized Industrial Uniforms