Collaborative production and shared Economy

In a previous article, (, I discussed the need for sharing infrastructure to make it accessible for small and medium size companies for implementing Smart Manufacturing. A presentation by Helge Spindler of Fraunhofer IAO on sharing economy in urban environment ( dtd Sept 25, 2014) hints at the idea of a company as a shareable platform. This would mean common resources can be used for manufacturing by different parties. Emergence of smart manufacturing can enable this sort of a structure which could lead to a lot of cost cutting, machine and labor utilization and overhead reduction. Would companies join hands for such a co-ordination? If yes, who would be the central party leading or coordinating such a group? How would potential IP conflicts be resolved? And are our accounting and financial institutions strong enough to accommodate such type of changes?


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