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What is the status of machine builders in the transition to Smart Industry? [RESEARCH]

The mechanical engineering industry continues to evolve rapidly. A digital transition is taking place that affects both the construction and development of products as well as the associated processes. From this, a Smart Industry is emerging. In 2017, Siemens already conducted a benchmark on this theme. But where do Dutch machine builders stand at the moment? And what is the impact of the changes on the competitive environment in your sector?
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The impact of digitalisation is getting bigger and bigger. Machine builders who embrace the concept of Smart Industry are better able to respond quickly to changing customer needs, for example by offering multiple product options in the form of modules. This not only flexibilises production capacity but also reduces costs. Moreover, innovative manufacturers are creating new business models by, for example, offering innovative remote services and offering machines not only for sale, but also on the basis of performance contracts.

What steps have Dutch machine builders taken in recent years in terms of digital transformation? Do they focus mainly on costs or (also) on customers? And what is their underlying business strategy? To what extent are they able to tackle the total process of design, manufacturing and service integrally digitally? And which business drivers determine whether a company belongs to the Smart Industry front group?

You can read the answers to these and other questions in this report about the benchmark survey Siemens conducted among leading Dutch machine builders. The results will give you an insight into the opportunities and bottlenecks that your sector colleagues have identified. On behalf of High Tech Software Cluster member Siemens, we wish you much inspiration and wisdom in using this information for your policy decisions.



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