Digitalization in the D-A-CH Region: Visions and Reality

The advancing digitalization in the industry, especially in the D-A-CH region, was the focal point of the recently published “Zukunft Industrie 2023” study by Staufen AG. This comprehensive report, based on surveys of over 400 industrial companies, provides enlightening insights into the current state and future perspectives of digitalization.

Dr. Michael Feldmeth of Staufen aptly summarizes the core of the challenge: “Many companies are still tentatively approaching the topic of digitalization with various projects that aren’t always coordinated with each other.” A significant point highlighted is the necessity for companies to think beyond mere digitalization and develop alternative business models.

The study accurately portrays the status quo:

  • 62% of companies see the greatest digitalization potential in production.
  • 60% view the optimization of the supply chain network as an essential task
  • Only 3% of the surveyed companies have developed new digital business models to tap into new markets and revenue sources.

These numbers compellingly demonstrate the need for further digitalization, especially in an age where technologies like smart factories and autonomous transport vehicles dominate Industry 4.0 discussions.

Against this backdrop, MES systems, like the ones we offer, play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between vision and implementation. Our systems are key to harnessing the potentials of digitalization in practice.

The Staufen study is a wake-up call for all industry stakeholders to actively engage with the challenges and opportunities of digitalization. For those interested in delving deeper into the topic, the study is available for free download.

For those looking for an in-depth exploration of the study’s findings: It is available for free download.

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