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HANNOVER MESSE 2018, 23 - 27 April
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Industrie 4.0

Leader in digitization increases its edge

Japan, the U.S. and even Germany are among the winners when it comes to the digital transformation of production systems. At the same time, however, entire regions across the globe are falling behind.

04 Feb. 2018
David Schahinian
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Leader in digitization increases its edge (Foto: AG Arbeit)

Consulting firm A.T. Kearney, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, has examined how prepared economies are for digital transformation, and how they can benefit in the future. The results are thought-provoking: 25 of the leading countries are responsible for over 75% of global value added. Currently, little can be done to counteract this in the majority of countries in Latin America, the Near East or Africa. Here, the report forecasts a continued focus on traditional production options and other sectors.

In contrast, Germany is largely prepared for the future: As for the production structure, the Federal Republic takes third place, taking 6th place in production drivers among 100 countries examined. According to the authors of the studies, this owes in part to the manufacturing sector, which is the fourth largest in the world. Germany was one of the first countries to drive forth digitization and the networking of products, according to Dr. Martin Eisenhut from A.T. Kearney.

But as the saying goes, perfect is the enemy of the good. The Federal Ministry of Economy has put together recommendations for action as to how digital transformation can be organized in companies in concrete terms – not only for companies and their employees, but also for politics.

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