Professional services company Accenture (Dublin, Ireland) launched an innovation hub in metro Detroit, the eighth in a network that includes Boston; Chicago; Columbus, OH; Houston; New York City; San Jose, CA; and Washington, as well as more than 100 Accenture innovation locations around the world.
The hub is designed to help companies in the automotive, industrial equipment, technology, energy, and utility industries address the shift to digital products and services; transform their engineering, manufacturing, and field operations; and digitize their enterprises—which Accenture calls Industry X.0. Additionally, the company will add 200 skilled technology jobs to the local market by the end of 2020.
“We welcome Accenture’s decision to expand its commitments in the Detroit area and appreciate the highly skilled opportunities the company is creating for our talented workforce,” said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. “Accenture’s investment is a testament to Michigan’s history of innovation and our growing talent base.”
The metro Detroit innovation hub includes a state-of-the-art Industry X.0 Innovation Center in Livonia, MI, designed to help clients explore, co-create, test, and scale digital solutions that improve product development, engineering, manufacturing, customer experience, and cybersecurity.
Clients will be able to develop and prototype new capabilities to see how an idea could work in practice.
“Continuous innovation is imperative to succeed in today’s digital economy,” said Julie Sweet, Accenture’s chief executive officer, North America. “In metro Detroit, we are bringing innovation to our clients’ doorsteps to help them achieve tangible, ground-breaking results faster than ever.”
Brian Irwin, who leads the company’s industrial practice in North America, said: “Manufacturing companies across all industries are under tremendous pressure to reinvent and digitize their businesses. Our new innovation hub in metro Detroit complements our other Industry X.0 Innovation Centers, including those in Garching, Germany and Modena, Italy, that have a strong focus on automotive. We are bringing our global experience and expertise to clients in North America who are exploring the impact of Industry X.0.”
As part of Accenture’s plan to add 200 highly skilled tech jobs in high-growth areas such as digital, cloud, and security services, the company will relocate its metro Detroit office from Southfield to downtown Detroit this fall.
“Accenture is a global leader in innovation and technology, and its decision to invest in Michigan, and here in metro Detroit, is further evidence that we are a top choice for businesses and that the revitalization of our economy is stronger than ever,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Accenture employs more than 850 people in metro Detroit and works with companies in the region across the automotive, consumer goods and services, education, health, insurance, and retail industries. Additionally, the company is expanding its metro Detroit apprenticeship program in partnership with Grand Circus, an organization that is helping develop Michigan’s tech workforce.
Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, Accenture partners with several local organizations—including Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Upwardly Global, Junior Achievement, Covenant House and Tech Town—to deliver skill-development programs across the metro Detroit community.