INDUSTRY 4.0: Get with the times

That was the basic translation of the JapanCorp company slogan, and while Chantrea thought it was a bit cheesy, she had to admit it seemed accurate enough.

Chantrea had been an industrial engineer for more than a decade now, managing the systems that kept Cambodia’s manufacturing floors humming even after most of the human workers had left for the night. The Japanese firm that now employed her had opened this facility in 2038 in one of the special economic zones on the fringes of Phnom Penh. Now, just two years later, the firm was outperforming all competitors through its network of smart factories and distributors.

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Andrew Haffner