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Employees critical of mechanical engineering industry

Although most engineering company employees are at least familiar with digital technologies, they are not used often enough in practice. The companies' own employees consider the mechanical engineering sector as particularly reticent.

02 Apr. 2019
Kai Tubbesing
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Employees critical of mechanical engineering industry (Chart: KfW)

A survey of 5,000 employees in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) found that digitization continues to make uneven progress, depending on industry and company size. 54% of the respondents nevertheless feel their company does a good job of preparing them for the digital transformation: this is particularly true for start-ups (62%) and corporate groups (58%). SME's (48%) are lagging behind somewhat, as other studies have also shown time and again.

The verdict is even clearer when considering the individual industries. Engineering company employees in particular report a need to catch up: only 42% feel they are well prepared for digital technologies. Internet and IT sectors (73%) as well as consulting (70%) and telecommunications companies (66%) perform much better. According to the findings, only cloud and big data technologies are already widely used in day-to-day business practice. On the other hand, companies continue to make insufficient use of robotics, AI, 3D printing, blockchain and other technologies to exploit the potential of digitization.

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