Industry celebration recognizes the companies that are driving the Midwest’s leadership in the fourth industrial revolution
CHICAGO (September 16, 2019) – mHUB and MxD today named Siemens as Manufacturer of the Year and Accenture, Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey & Company as Corporate Champions of the third annual Fourth Revolution Awards. The industry awards ceremony will take place on October 2, 2019 at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago to recognize leadership, innovation, and achievements of the Midwest’s manufacturing ecosystem.
The Manufacturer of the Year award recognizes an individual or manufacturing company that has demonstrated its excellence in business practices, innovative production processes, and productivity enhancements, and has made a significant financial investment to manufacturing capacity in the region.
Siemens has invested heavily in solving some of the most challenging questions facing manufacturing today, bringing its unique perspective as both a manufacturer and a solution provider to the fourth industrial revolution. Siemens is a founding partner of MxD and has demonstrated a range of technologies from Internet of Things to digital twins at its innovation center.
“Siemens is proud to drive global digital manufacturing transformation by leveraging a holistic digital twin that integrates software and automation across the value chain,” said Ken Hall, Digital Enterprise MxD Program Director at Siemens. “This enables merging the virtual and real worlds together to realize innovations faster and feed real production data into the digital twin for constant improvement. Siemens’ partnership with MxD enables an environment where current technologies and the art of the possible are experienced and made real.”
The Corporate Champion of the Year award recognizes a corporation that has made an impact on manufacturing through community-focused efforts, and significant financial investment through the region. Accenture, Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey & Company have been active in civic consulting individually and in collaboration over the past 5-10 years. Most recently working together as major partners for the P33 initiative, their collective work has been key in driving economic development and technology initiatives across the region.
“We are honored that mHUB and MxD have chosen Accenture as one of this year’s Corporate Champions,” said Jim Coleman, Managing Director of Accenture’s Chicago Office. “The recognition is a true testament, not only to the growing innovation and technology in the Chicago, but the commitment that we and our peers have invested in making the fourth revolution a reality.”
“BCG has always been passionate about helping propel Chicago to its rightful place among the world’s top cities to live and work. With P33, we were able to demonstrate our commitment to strengthening the city’s competitive edge in the tech ecosystem by dedicating a full-time team of consultants to the effort pro bono,” said Gabrielle Novacek, Managing Director, Partner, and head of BCG’s Chicago Office. “When the leaders then asked us to help stand up an organization to implement the new strategy, we eagerly put the team to work on creating a sustainable operating model and supporting pitch meetings with key partners and investors to enable the incoming CEO. Now that P33 is operational, we’re staying close to the work and looking forward to all the benefits Chicago will reap from this private sector-enabled partnership.”
“McKinsey’s contributions to the manufacturing economy have been multifaceted, anchored in the Digital Capability Center at MxD – the only such site in the Americas,” said Tony Gambell, Partner at McKinsey & Company. “We are proud to build upon a strong manufacturing legacy in the Midwest and honored to receive this recognition.”
Additional Fourth Revolution Award Finalists to Be Announced
Award winners in five additional categories have been reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges from across the tech ecosystem and will be acknowledged at the awards ceremony on October 2nd. These include: Community Empowerment, Product Design of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Rising Star, and Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturer of the Year.
Finalists for the Rising Star award have been announced and will pitch at mHUB on September 18th to determine the winner, and those for Product of the Year award are open for public voting online. All other finalists will be announced that night as well. Rising Star award finalists include Guardhat, HAAS Alert, Jiobit, MFNS Tech, Inc., and Physna. Finalists for Product of the Year include SafeCap by Bolha, Cordella Heart Failure System by Endotronix, FarmBot by FarmBot, Jiobit by Jiobit, neoGuard by Neopenda, Ability Hand by Psyonic, SmartGuard by SwineTech, Inc., and Mimo Vue by Tanvas.
Siemens, Accenture, Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey & Company will be recognized at the Museum of Science and Industry at the Fourth Revolution Awards, hosted by mHUB and MxD, on October 2, 2019. The ceremony brings together more than 350 leaders in industry, government, and innovation. Tickets are available at www.4revawards.com.
mHUB is the nation’s largest and fastest growing innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing. mHUB is a community of product designers and developers, entrepreneurs, engineers and manufacturers, a network of manufacturing mentors, industry experts and investors, and a source of intellectual and economic capital. mHUB is home to more than $5 million in resources including ten unique prototyping labs and microfactory for onsite low-volume production runs.
MxD is where innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, MxD equips factories with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, our approximately 300 partners increase their productivity and win more business. Learn more at mxdusa.org.