The manufacturing facilities of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories in Bachupally, Hyderabad and the Oral Solid Dosage (OSD) plant, Indoor of Cipla have bagged recognition as part of the Global Lighthouse Network (GLN) by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

With this recognition, these facilities join the GLN, a community of over 100 manufacturers that are showing leadership in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR) technologies to drive impact in productivity, workforce engagement, sustainability, and supply chain resilience.

“The successful inclusion of our 25-year-old site in Hyderabad as a ‘Digital Lighthouse’ factory is a big milestone in our productivity improvement journey. We are in the process of scaling and replicating this to the rest of our manufacturing network,’‘ said Sanjay Sharma, Global Head of Manufacturing, Dr. Reddy’s.

 Umang Vohra, Managing Director and Global CEO, Cipla said, “We have embarked on a journey to enhance our connect with patients, doctors & other stakeholders in line with our aspiration to reimagine operations across the value chain.” Embedding a digital culture in the organisation would enable the company to stay ahead of the curve, and help achieve sustainability pledges whilst increasing operational efficiencies, he added.”

GLN is a WEF initiative in collaboration with McKinsey & Company. Factories and value chains that join GLN are designated by an independent panel of experts.

‘Accelerating achievement’

Francisco Betti, Head of Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains, WEF, said, ‘‘Lighthouses show that scaling the deployment and adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies across multiple factories and business functions is key to accelerate the achievement of their strategic imperatives, such as business growth, resilience and greener operations.”

The journey began four years ago when Hyderabad-based Dr. Reddy’s embarked on an ambitious programme to ‘digitise its core’. This involved upgrade of infrastructure and digitisation of processes for robust and comprehensive data capture. 

The site saw the deployment of six of the eight technologies of 4IR — advanced analytics, digital twins, robotic process automation, augmented/virtual/mixed reality, digital performance management and industrial internet of things (IIoT).

Over the course of two years, Cipla deployed ‘Digital Automation Analytics’ (DAA) across a network of 22 Indian sites in parallel to unlock end to end costs, productivity and quality leadership.

Cipla’s Indore Oral Solid Dosage (OSD) facility led this journey with over 30 4IR use cases, spanning Industrial Internet of Things, Digital, Advanced Analytics, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Robotic Process Automation, etc.

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