It is clear; the market for connected equipment and devices will continue to grow. But, as product designers and engineers face the challenges of building smart products, they are realising they need faster, better, smarter tools with which to create them. Part of that solution is to use tools capable of bringing all the disparate processes onto a single, unified platform. Global high-tech companies are melding Industry 4.0, automation and big data to create metalworking equipment, tools and solutions that will build empires in the industrial manufacturing. They are developing healthy ecosystems that can carry their strategies and values far. Whatever the situation, Industry 4.0 is here, and manufacturers all over the world are doing their best to prepare. At this issue’s 2018 Outlook Report, industry leaders and senior executives share their views and initiatives on Industry 4.0, and the current and future of metalworking industry, as part of their overall efforts toward automation and big data in manufacturing. The adoption of Industry 4.0 is indeed a major deportation from traditional manufacturing culture. It not only needs new systems and new set of skills but also a new mind-set, to create a new culture to drive Industry 4.0. A true digital enterprise will deliver value through physical products or services at the core, through a network of customers and suppliers augmented by digital interfaces and data driven industrial digital ecosystems. These developments will profoundly change individual enterprise, as well as transform market dynamics across the globe. Although this vision of the future of manufacturing may still be years away for some factories in South East Asia, things are clearly headed in the right direction. International Metalworking News for Asia helps bring Industry 4.0 to life for companies in the region through our motivating technical articles. Of course, there’s plenty more stories and topics aside from Industry 4.0. Take a moment to read the magazine’s latest print issue or download your copy on iTunes and Play Store. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like our page on Facebook.