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The print industry: a good example of automation

A recent working paper has been released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which details the percentage of jobs in each country that can be replaced by automation. An industry that is susceptible to this is the print industry, with high levels of autonomous machines already part of the workflow.

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Automation and artificial intelligence are already a firm factor of the print industry

The OECD, which was originally founded in 1948 as the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation before switching to the OECD in 1961, has conducted research into how many jobs automation can replace. As reported by The Economist, the public already fear the influx of autonomous roles and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and with figures such as this produced by the OECD, it provides no doubt as to why they feel this way.

It found that overall, 14 percent of jobs across the 32 countries in the organisation are vulnerable and can easily be replaced with automation, with at least 70 percent of those found most likely to be substituted. The OECD report also found that the jobs most at risk are in the food preparation industry, and the safest jobs are in teaching.

As textile printing becomes more popular, this is a sign of growing automation in the print industry, as garment manufacturing is sixth highest on the list to have a large part of the production line automated. Arguably, the print industry can fall into information technology and science and engineering, with jobs in both predicted at just over 40 percent to be automated.

{he print industry is certainly a good example of automation resulting in less people

Slovakia is at the highest risk with just below 65 percent of jobs at risk of automation, according to the study conducted by the OECD, closely followed by Lithuania. Britain is relatively low down the list, alongside the United States, Finland, and New Zealand. Norway is the least likely to have jobs automated.

Barry Kilshaw, owner of Willow Printing and Design, states: “The print industry is certainly a good example of automation resulting in less people.” With software so readily available in the print industry, many production lines are already highly automated, and manufacturers are looking for further ways to simplify the process.

Many believe that AI and automation is an idea of the future, but with AI already firmly a part of the print industry, automation is also a prime factor of the print workflow.

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