Collaborative production and shared Economy

In a previous article, (https://dcmme.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/shared-infrastructure-for-more-access-to-smart-manufacturing/), 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 (http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/content/dam/iis/tr/Session%204_3_Sharing%20Economy%20Urban%20Environments_Fraunhofer%20IAO_Spindler.pdf 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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