A word that means very little to an average person, actually nothing. What is monozukuri? It is a Japanese word meaning manufacturing or parts production, but it is much more.
Monozukuri is a kind of Japanese art of manufacturing. Wider meaning of this word covers a combination of technological skills, knowledge and experiences, as well the spirit of the best Japanese manufacturing practices. It is all about an honest attitude toward manufacturing, work with pride, skills and devotion to innovations and perfection.
Trade or technology war?
Since Trump become president, the United States decreased the level of cooperation with other close and distant countries. Harsh protectionist actions, which by the opinion of affected countries go too far and compromise the conditions of markets. However, experts warn, that the trade war is just a shadow for the technology war that happens in the backstage.
The crisis? What? What crisis?
The crisis is a dangerous word. Do not believe it? If you repeat it for a long time, it will sneak into the subconscious of those who listen to you, as well as yourself. That is why I think the behavior of many media, as well as directors and other people in any influential position, is extremely irresponsible. It is true that life, business, weather, cryptools and many other things work in cycles. Once up, second time down. Unfortunately, we are currently "tuned" by responding primarily to negative or shocking news - and that's why many bombastic addresses follow, not only in yellow media, but also in all other, especially online. As this attracts clicks and visits, which in theory brings more advertisers and consequently revenue...
The region of Kočevje is well known for its magnificent forests and many bears. Well, since this year also for robots. That sort of robots who manufacture other robots. You probably did not know, but the Municipality of Kočevje is the largest municipality in the Republic of Slovenia, covering the area of overwhelming 555.4 square kilometres. It has 86 settlements with approximately 16,000 inhabitants. Kočevje region is therefore quite sparsely populated, as 90 percent of the landscape is covered by forests, dominated by dinar forests of fir and beech. And real old-growth forest.
Do you also feel that this year, at every step, you listen to and read about artificial intelligence?
I have it. It's exactly what I felt in 2017 when they spoke and written about crypto, when they bombed me with crypto info from all sides, and for the most abused word of last year, I would choose a word blockchain.
Are you ready for servitization?
After digital transformation and industry 4.0, manufacturing companies are confronted with a new high-definition word - servitization. This, like others, predicts a significant revolution. Can it happen?
In the past, the link between manufacturers and services was extremely black and white. Manufacturers produced a wide variety of products, while service companies offered services. But times are changing. Boundaries continue to erase, and so are classical manufacturing companies before the new transformation, which is driven by the trend of servitization.
We have it! Engineer of the year.
I am proud of the "first generation" of engineers of the year, to all the girls who applied for this selection. I believe that a stone began to roll, which will trigger the avalanche. The avalanche, which the industry still needs. This January will certainly be remembered by the domestic industry, which I am sure of. At the first choice for an engineer of the year - which is also unique on a world scale - the CD club in Cankarjev dom was too small for all visitors of the event, so many people watched an event from all possible positions.