Could Detroit be the Next Technology Hub?\nThis month\u2019s Fortune article asks the question: Is Detroit the next Silicon Valley? While on the surface these two areas seem quite different \u2013 one known for auto manufacturing and the other a hub for technology \u2013 the two areas are more similar than you might think. Today, the industries are colliding and shop floors are going hi-tech.\n\nDetroit didn\u2019t get its nickname by chance. The Motor City is home to tens of thousands of auto manufacturers and suppliers. While the stereotypical factory may come to mind \u2013 with repetitious assembly lines making part after identical part filling the shop floor \u2013 today\u2019s shop floor is a hub of technology, full of sensors, electronic controls and automated equipment.\nThese facilities might sound more like something found in Silicon Valley rather than Detroit, but it\u2019s not the case. In fact, manufacturers in Detroit are investing in new technologies at a rapidly growing rate to compete more effectively in the global market. For example, did you know the price of automobiles has increased less than a percentage point annually while median incomes grow annually by almost 3%? Cars are getting more affordable every year due to technology and advancements in shop floor control.\n\nWhile this may be news to some, it\u2019s not news to Plex customers. They\u2019ve been applying technology to reduce costs and improve efficiencies for years. Just look at Detroit-based automotive supplier Inteva Products. When Inteva launched the Plex Manufacturing Cloud onto its shop floors, they cut IT costs by one-third and improved efficiencies across the board, playing a part in the overall efficiency trend in the automotive industry.\nAs the modern shop floor becomes filled with connected machines, tools and people, it might make you think: Will the Motor City become the next hub for technology? Time will tell. But as manufacturers strive to meet customer demands and compete in the global market, the need for flexible, real-time technology to power the shop floor will continue to increase, positioning the Motor City as a great place for technology to grow.