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The Future of Productivity and Growth in Manufacturing Industries

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and Michael Harnisch April 2015 . Markus Lorenz. Manuela Waldner. Philipp Gerbert. Pascal Engel.0 The Future of Productivity and Growth in Manufacturing Industries Michael Rüßmann. Jan Justus.Industry 4.

manufacture. Although the full shift toward Industry 4. Transforming Manufacturing Manufacturing will be transformed from single automated cells to fully integrated.5 percent of manufacturers’ revenues). Industry 4. In Germany’s advanced manufacturing landscape. productivity. create as many as 390.0 will be significant. Employment.0 .0 can drive productivity gains of 5 to 8 percent on total manufacturing costs over ten years. and add €250 billion to manufacturing investment (or 1 to 1. and Investment The impact of Industry 4. Making Gains in Revenues. and service of products and production systems.0 might take 20 years to reach fruition. automated facilities that communicate with one another and boost flexibility.000 jobs. machines. in the next 5 to 10 years key advances will be established and winners and losers will emerge. operation.0 will transform the design.AT A GLANCE Industry 4. and humans will make production systems as much as 30 percent faster and 25 percent more efficient and elevate mass customization to new levels. for example. 2 Industry 4. speed. Connectivity and interaction among parts. Our research shows that in Germany alone it will contribute about 1 percent per year to GDP over ten years. totaling €90 billion to €150 billion. and quality.

electrification led to mass production in the early part of the twentieth century. however. The steam engine powered factories in the nineteenth century.0. The Boston Consulting Group 3 . especially compared with the breakthroughs that transformed IT. Now. mobile communications.) In Exhibit 1 | Nine Technologies Are Transforming Industrial Production Autonomous robots Big data Simulation and analytics Industry 4. and industry became automated in the 1970s.0 Augmented Horizontal and vertical reality system integration Additive The Industrial manufacturing Internet of Things The cloud Cybersecurity Industry 4. In the decades that followed. (See Exhibit 1. we are in the midst of a fourth wave of technological advancement: the rise of new digital industrial technology known as Industry 4.0 is the vision of the industrial production of the future Source: BCG.T echnological advances have driven dramatic increases in industrial productivity since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. industrial technological advance- ments were only incremental. a transforma- tion that is powered by nine foundational technology advances. and e-commerce. though.

leading to greater efficiencies and changing tra- ditional production relationships among suppliers. To demonstrate our findings. and adapt to changes.0 will make it possible to gather and analyze data across machines. more flexible. and modify the profile of the workforce—ultimately changing the competitiveness of companies and regions. and optimized production flow. which is recognized as a world leader in industrial au- tomation.) Exhibit 2 | Industry 4. workpieces. optimized cells will come together as a fully integrated. we use case studies from Germany.0.0 are already used in manufacturing. foster industrial growth..0 Is Changing Traditional Manufacturing Relationships From isolated. configure themselves. (See Exhibit 2.to fully integrated data optimized cells … and product flows across borders Greater automation will Integrated communication displace some of the least- along the entire value skilled labor but will require chain reduces work-in. sensors. but with Industry 4. shift economics. The Nine Pillars of Technological Advancement Many of the nine advances in technology that form the foundation for Industry 4.. 4 Industry 4. and IT systems will be connect- ed along the value chain beyond a single enterprise.0 and explores their potential technical and economic benefits for manu- facturers and production equipment suppliers. enabling faster. These connected systems (also referred to as cyberphysical systems) can interact with one another using standard Internet-based protocols and analyze data to predict failure. this transformation. higher-skilled labor for progress inventory monitoring and managing the factory of the future Machine-to-machine and machine-to-human interaction enables customization and small batches Source: BCG. machines. and customers—as well as between human and machine. Industry 4. This report describes the nine technology trends that are the building blocks of In- dustry 4. This in turn will increase manufacturing productivity.0 . . they will transform pro- duction: isolated. producers. automat- ed. and more efficient processes to pro- duce higher-quality goods at reduced costs.

the collection and comprehensive evalua- tion of data from many different sources—production equipment and systems as Eventually. suppliers. Two padded arms and computer vision allow for safe interaction and parts recognition. robots will well as enterprise. produc- tion. but in the future. 3-D simulations of products. Eventually. materials. These robots are interconnected so that they can work together and automatically adjust their actions to fit the next unfin- ished product in line. they will interact with one another and work safely side by side with humans and learn from them. which can include machines. and service. but robots are evolving for even greater utility. another and work safely side by side For instance. thereby driving down machine setup times and increasing quality. and humans. a European manufacturer of robotic equipment. industrial-robot supplier ABB is launching a two-armed ro- bot called YuMi that is specifically designed to assemble products (such as consum- er electronics) alongside humans. Simulation In the engineering phase. and cooperative. This lowers the setup time for the actual machining process by as much as 80 percent.and customer-management systems—will become standard to interact with one support real-time decision making. In an Industry 4. where it optimizes production quality. and production processes are already used. For example. flexible. This allows operators to test and optimize the machine settings for the next product in line in the virtual world before the physical changeover. Functions from the enterprise to the shop floor level are not fully The Boston Consulting Group 5 . They are becoming more au- tonomous. Horizontal and Vertical System Integration Most of today’s IT systems are not fully integrated. Nor are departments such as engineering. Infineon can identify patterns that help discharge faulty chips early in the production process and improve production quality. semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies has decreased with humans and product failures by correlating single-chip data captured in the testing phase at the learn from them. Similarly.0 context.Big Data and Analytics Analytics based on large data sets has emerged only recently in the manufacturing world. Companies. In this way. end of the production process with process data collected in the wafer status phase earlier in the process. products. simulations will be used more exten- sively in plant operations as well. saves energy. offers autono- mous robots that interact with one another. and cus- tomers are rarely closely linked. Siemens and a German machine-tool vendor developed a virtual ma- chine that can simulate the machining of parts using data from the physical ma- chine. These simulations will leverage real-time data to mirror the physical world in a virtual model. Autonomous Robots Manufacturers in many industries have long used robots to tackle complex assign- ments. Kuka. and improves equip- ment service. These robots will cost less and have a greater range of capabilities than those used in manufacturing today. For example. High-end sensors and control units enable close collaboration with humans.

cloud technologies serves as a common workspace for design and manufacturing collaboration and is will improve. 6 Industry 4. more devices—sometimes in- cluding even unfinished products—will be enriched with embedded computing and connected using standard technologies. more production-related undertakings will require increased data sharing across sites and company boundaries.0. only some of a manufacturer’s sensors and machines are networked and make use of embedded computing. enabling more data-driven services for production systems. integrated. Bosch Rexroth. and capabilities will become much more cohesive. enabling real-time re- sponses. They are typically organized in a vertical auto- mation pyramid in which sensors and field devices with limited intelligence and automation controllers feed into an overarching manufacturing-process control system. Even engineering itself—from products to plants to automation—lacks complete integration. but with Industry 4. With the increased connectivity and use of standard communica- tions protocols that come with Industry 4. AirDesign. At the same time. As a result. universal data-integration networks evolve and enable truly automated value chains. But with the Industrial Internet of Things.0. For instance. several industrial-equipment vendors have joined forces with cybersecurity companies through partnerships or acquisitions.0. This allows field devices to communicate and interact both with one another and with more centralized controllers. It also decentralizes analytics and decision making.0 . Cybersecurity Many companies still rely on management and production systems that are uncon- nected or closed. companies. a drive-and-control-system vendor. functions. achieving reaction times of just several milliseconds. the need to protect critical industrial systems and manufacturing lines from cybersecurity threats increases dramatically. The platform. machine data and functionality will increas- ingly be deployed to the cloud. outfitted a production facility for valves with a semiautomated. The Industrial Internet of Things Today. During the past year. departments. as cross-company. The Cloud Companies are already using cloud-based software for some enterprise and analyt- ics applications. But with Industry 4. reliable communications as well as sophisticated identity and ac- cess management of machines and users are essential. times of just several milliseconds. available as a service on a private cloud. the performance of cloud technologies will improve. Dassault Systèmes and BoostAeroSpace launched a collaboration plat- The performance of form for the European aerospace and defense industry. Even systems that monitor and control processes may become cloud based. and workstations “know” which man- ufacturing steps must be performed for each product and can adapt to perform the specific operation. As a result. Products are iden- tified by radio frequency identification codes. as neces- sary. It manages the complex task of exchanging achieving reaction product and production data among multiple partners. secure. decentralized production process.

These systems are currently in their infancy.. such as 3-D printing.S. the U. During the next five to ten years.0. Quantifying the Impact: Germany As an Example To provide a quantitative understanding of the potential worldwide impact of In- dustry 4. data-based 3-D en- vironment with augmented-reality glasses to train plant personnel to handle emer- gencies. They also can change parameters and retrieve operational data and maintenance instructions. the U. In this virtual world. which they use mostly to prototype and produce individual components. companies will make much broader use of augmented reality to provide workers with real-time information to improve decision making and work procedures. For instance. lowering their expenses for raw materi- als such as titanium. will range from 15 to 25 percent. aerospace companies are already using additive manufacturing to ap- ply new designs that reduce aircraft weight. The Impact of Industry 4. nies in Europe.S. decentralized additive manufac- turing systems will reduce transport distances and stock on hand. but in the future. and Asia. we analyzed the outlook for manufacturing in Germany and found that the fourth wave of technological advancement will bring benefits in four areas: •• Productivity. and Asia. Another application is virtual training. Industry 4. such as selecting parts in a warehouse and sending repair instructions over mobile devices. The race to adopt For example. Productivity improvements on conversion costs. operators can learn to interact with machines by clicking on a cyberrepresentation. When the materials costs are factored in. Additive Manufacturing Companies have just begun to adopt additive manufacturing.0 The race to adopt elements of Industry 4. way among compa- ality glasses. This information may 4.0 will be embraced by more companies.Vendors of manufacturing-execution systems are among the companies that have started to offer cloud-based solutions.0 is already under be displayed directly in workers’ field of sight using devices such as augmented-re.0. With In- dustry 4. these additive-manufacturing methods will be widely used to produce small batches of customized products that offer construction advantages. Augmented Reality Augmented-reality-based systems support a variety of services. which exclude the cost of materials. lightweight designs. such as complex. productivity gains of 5 to 8 percent will be The Boston Consulting Group 7 .0 is already under way among companies in Europe. boosting productivity across all German manufacturing sectors by €90 billion to €150 billion. Siemens has developed a virtual plant-oper- ator training module for its Comos software that uses a realistic. High-performance. workers may receive repair instructions on how to replace a particular elements of Industry part as they are looking at the actual system needing repair..

In our analysis of Industry 4.Exhibit 3 | In Germany. will drive additional revenue growth of about €30 billion a year. (See Exhibit 3. repetitive tasks. However. or roughly 1 percent of Germany’s GDP. the trend toward greater automation will displace some of the often low-skilled laborers who perform simple. These improvements will vary by industry. including investments. BCG analysis.0’s impact on German manufacturing. expert interviews. different skills will be required. we found that the growth it stimulates will lead to a 6 percent increase in employment during the next ten years.0 Will Generate Significant Productivity Gains Gross production Productivity Productivity total Industry share in Germany (%) conversion costs (%) manufacturing costs (%) Automotive 22 10–20 6–9 Food and 10 20–30 5–10 beverage Mechanical engineering Components 6 20–30 4–7 Machinery 6 20–30 10–15 Wind1 1 25–35 9–12 Other 55 10–15 4–7 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 0 10 20 30 40 0 10 20 30 40 Total gross production: Additional productivity on Total additional productivity €2 trillion conversion costs: 15%–25%1 gains: 5%–8% or €90–€150 billion2 Additional productivity gains Range Sources: Federal Statistical Office of Germany. for example.0 . •• Employment. Note: Conversion cost = manufacturing cost excluding material. the growing use of software. Manufacturers’ demand for enhanced equipment and new data applications. as well as consum- er demand for a wider variety of increasingly customized products.) And demand for employ- ees in the mechanical-engineering sector may rise even more—by as much as 10 percent during the same period. Industry 4. At the same time. (See Exhibit 4. In the short term. and nacelle). 1 Construction of wind parks is included in mechanical engineering (including technical components. supplementary to conventional productivity increases. Industry 4. 2 Additional net effect for manufacturing industries.0 will also drive revenue growth.) •• Revenue Growth. tower. and analytics will increase the demand for employees with competencies in software development and IT 8 Industry 4. and automotive companies can expect increases of 10 to 20 percent. Industrial-component manufacturers stand to achieve some of the biggest productivity improvements (20 to 30 percent). connectivity. achieved.

integrated production lines.0 will require that German producers invest about €250 billion during the next ten years (about 1 to 1. such as mechatronics experts with software skills. •• Products. BCG analysis. Industry 4. Producers: Transforming Production Processes and Systems The next wave of manufacturing will affect producers’ entire value chain. technologies.500 6% 2015–2025 230 6. Industry 4. Physical prototypes will be reduced to an absolute minimum. from de- sign to after-sales service: •• Along the value chain.”) The Boston Consulting Group 9 . today’s insular manufacturing cells will be replaced by fully automated. we estimate. As a result.450 Industry CAGR (%) Mechanical 0.400 engineering Food and 0.0 Will Lead to Increased Manufacturing Employment Absolute development of employees Relative development Thousands of employees 6. and production automation will be designed and commissioned virtually in one integrated process and through the collabo- ration of producers and suppliers.6 6. production processes will be optimized through integrat- ed IT systems.0 will have a direct effect on producers and their labor force as well as on companies that supply manufacturing systems.2 15 50 Other 0. (See the sidebar “Component Makers Benefit from Greater Flexibility. The estimated benefits in Germany illustrate the potential impact of Industry 4.) This competency transformation is one of the key challenges ahead. Exhibit 4 | In Germany.300 Automotive 0.5 percent of manufacturers’ revenues).0 for manufacturing globally.9 6.200 95 6. production processes.060 0 Employees Food and Other 2015 beverage Mechanical Automotive Employees engineering 2025 A significant shi in the skill profile is required to enable growth Sources: Federal Statistical Office of Germany. Adapting production processes to incorporate Industry 4.100 6.7 beverage 6. (Mechatronics is a field of engineering that comprises multiple engineering disciplines. •• Investment.

will benefit from the humans. Suppliers. spot errors. Product quality will improve through Systems that today are proprietary the reduction of manual labor and will evolve into both meshed and the increased use of real-time data to hierarchical networks with standard. it might systems. This includes the exchange interact with other robots to coordi- of product and production data inside nate their respective arm movements the company as well as with custom. we illustrate how Industry task-centered ones. the robot will get the years. where beneficial.0 will transform the manufactur- ing process over the next 10 to 20 For example. COMPONENT MAKERS BENEFIT FROM GREATER FLEXIBILITY Using a component maker as an will be more “objective” than today’s example. in It might also work side by side with particular. Every part being produced will receive These vehicles will be able to find a distinct identification code or even their way around the factory floor a small embedded microcomputer using laser navigation and communi- from which autonomous robots will cate with other vehicles using wireless retrieve information dictating the next networks. In pursuing its processes and their corresponding IT more objective directive. and unexpected) in the production process. open interfaces. and types from one production line in products.0 . These instructions automatically find and select the 10 Industry 4. Automation will also increase the This will enable more flexibility when efficiency of logistics on the factory reacting to changes (both expected floor. smaller lot sizes. Consignment robots will production steps. exchange of design and supply-chain data. and Integrating Production and determine how to fulfill this objective Logistics Processes rather than getting precise instruc- The transformation begins with the tions for turning its different ro- integration of production and logistics bot-arm segments. directive to drill a hole at a certain location. select the right tool. ers and suppliers. This enhanced cooperation among machines and humans will make it Communication across the produc. Increasing Efficiency on the Data will be stored in the cloud to Factory Floor increase its availability and accuracy. Autonomous transport vehicles will work with consignment robots to Enhancing Cooperation Among adjust in-bound materials on the Machines and Humans basis of real-time operations data. machines. parts. possible for component manufactur- tion process will be (near) real time ers to produce multiple component among humans. so as to maximize overall production. 4. ized.

1 Labor cost net effect is based on reduction and increase in the number of employees. Note: Conversion cost = manufacturing cost excluding material. Not only will integrated production and logistics processes be In fact. operat- Industry 4. cost 65 75 –301 processes customers) data integration 100 Ø Result: Frictionless Depreciation reaction of manufacturing 120 160 40 systems to changes in the production process Operating 100 Ø cost 60 80 –30 Flexible Measure: Completely small-batch automated small-batch manufacturing manufacturing Logistics 100 Ø Result: Reduction of cost 45 55 –50 setup time and cost Materials 100 Ø Autonomous Measure: Automated cost 100 ~0 consignment logistics and consignment systems Result: Reduction of 100 failures through media Ø Overhead –30 discontinuity as well as 65 75 consignment time The sum of the levers drives a Total productivity 4%–7% of total cost reduction of cycle time from increase in five to 20%–30% of three days to one day ten years conversion cost Today Industry 4. proper materials for upcoming ing costs. cycle times by as much as 30 percent.0 Increases Productivity in Component Manufacturing by 4 to 7 Percent Lever Comments Quantification (%) Integrated Measure: Complete manufacturing vertical (internal) and Labor 100 Ø and logistics horizontal (suppliers. they will reduce for logistics will generate the great. ten years. The Boston Consulting Group 11 . and overhead over five to production processes. the benefits of automation more cost efficient. Other estimated cost reductions include 30 percent for labor.0 Range Source: BCG analysis. est cost savings—50 percent—for the manufacturer.) require an investment increase of about 35 percent. (See the exhibit Adopting these technologies will below.

and production-related applications and data-driven services. production processes. manufacturing-system suppliers will have to expand the role of IT in their products. the Dialogplattform Industrie 4.-based In- dustrial Internet Consortium (IIC)—founded in March 2014 by manufacturing. In addition. on- Industry 4.0 . Automation architec- different ways. Efforts to develop these standards are in their in- fancy but are being driven by traditional standardization bodies and emerging con- sortia. and quality of the production process. and humans will also require new international standards that define the interaction of these elements in the digital factory of the future. Strategically choosing participation in these 12 Industry 4. using autonomous vehicles and robots.0 allows for a faster response to customer needs than is possible today. With increases in the overall functionality and complexity of sys- tries will embrace tems comes the need for a greater distribution of decision making. was formed in Germany to counteract the IIC’s strong position. parts. but the U. •• Automated logistics. It improves the flexibility. Germany’s Plattform Industrie 4. The growing interconnectivity of machines.0 at line portals for downloading software and collaborative partner relationships may different rates and in offer more flexible and adaptable equipment configurations. •• Manufacturing processes will increase in flexibility and allow for the economic production of small lot sizes. will adjust automat- ically to production needs. Several other standardization orga- nizations have ambitions in the field. This will enable a new level of mass customiza- tion as more industrial producers invest in Industry 4. tures will also evolve for different use cases. products. Changes will likely include a greater modularization of functionality with deployments in the cloud and on em- Industries and coun. In addition.0 technologies to enhance and customize their offerings. productivity. a new body.0– capable machines and systems in their factories. Robots. Manufacturing-System Suppliers: Meeting New Demands and Defining New Standards As manufacturers demand the greater connectivity and interaction of Industry 4. these vendors will have to compete with IT players that are mov- ing into the growing market for shop-floor. smart machines.0 was the first driver. Subsequently. for example. (See the sidebar “Automobiles and the Next Wave of Automation. and smart products that communicate with one another and make certain autonomous decisions will provide this flexibility. IT. and other innovations. And it lays the foundation for the adoption of new business models.0 will require even more.”) •• Manufacturing processes will be enhanced through learning and self-optimizing pieces of equipment that will. and telecommunications companies—has become a prominent alterna- tive.0. Internet. adjust their own parameters as they sense certain properties of the unfinished product. bedded devices.S. Suppliers will have to prepare for these various scenarios and support these shifts. speed. Industry 4. Industrial-automation vendors and most machine-tool manufacturers have built sig- nificant software-development capabilities—but Industry 4.

data glasses will guide autonomous robots. Similarly. requirements of the welding robots. generate €25 billion to €38 billion overall in productivity increases for Although robots will be more autono. consignment employees in selecting the proper parts. using one flexible production line. the car-making process updated with performance data and will be overseen by automatic data from exchanged parts. obsolete. These will use data integration to modify the Using this virtual model. these types of changes will operations. or mous in the car factory of the future. called the “digital twin. This change will We estimate that in the next five to reduce the costs of logistics and ten years. and assembly using cooperative. maximizing just-in-time logistics. Car component suppliers offer a range of new services. fixed clamping devices recognizing cameras will assist currently used in the welding process workers in performing quality control will develop into adaptive industrial checks by automatically documenting robots that can hold and spin each and storing quality issues. and will automatically adjust their generate insights that can be used to processes on the basis of new orders optimize the design of future cars. from the automaker. its expanded to multiple product life virtual model. job-control systems. sometimes manufacturing process automatically. Gesture- For example. should be mounted in the assembly batch capabilities will allow for more process. created in the engi- cycles and models. These advances will enable auto As a result. productivity gains of 6 to 9 percent employees will continue to play a role. The glasses will use virtual reality to highlight the location where each part The Boston Consulting Group 13 . seam sealing. reducing piece according to the individual manual paperwork. will constantly be In the future. small. Human workers will be equipped with augmented-reality glasses that can put logistics and manufacturing information in their field of vision. the German automotive industry. versatility in welding. Product and plant engineering can be During the lifetime of the car. companies will be able to workers to handle a wider variety of produce multiple car models with car models while reducing failure different body styles and designs rates and enhancing quality control. AUTOMOBILES AND THE NEXT WAVE OF AUTOMATION In the automobile industry.” producers making multiple order systems can improve their after-sales service. compared with total costs. neering phase and integrating all relevant data.

To build these offers. such as the automotive and food-and-beverage industries.0 at different rates and in different ways. and industries that demand high qual- ity. many emerging markets with a young.0 . the development of new software products. will benefit from data-analyt- ics-driven improvements that reduce error rates. The Way Forward Industries and countries will embrace Industry 4. Avoid becoming stuck in incremen- tal approaches. also jump at the opportunity and might even create entirely new manufacturing producers and system concepts. technology-savvy workforce might transformation. speed. productivity. They must pillars of technologi. also address the need to adapt the appropriate infrastructure and education. and other bodies and actively shaping the standardization agenda will be critical for manufacturing-system suppliers. •• Analyze the long-term impact on the workforce and conduct strategic workforce planning. recruiting. instead. 14 Industry 4. such as semiconductors and pharmaceuticals. consider how the nine pillars of technological advancement can drive improvement in the designated areas. suppliers must take decisive action to To actively shape the transformation.0 technology to disrupt existing standards us- ing innovative factory layouts and production processes. cal advancement. producers and system suppliers must take de- embrace the nine cisive action to embrace the nine pillars of technological advancement. While these improvements already hold significant potential for existing industries. Industries with a high level of product variants. will benefit from a greater degree of flexibility that can generate productivity gains. as follows: •• Identify key areas for improvement. These tech- nologies can be leveraged for different offerings. such as the enhancement of net- worked embedded systems and automation. for example. consider more fundamental changes enabled by a combination of the nine technologies. such as flexibility. and quality. emerging fields could use Industry 4. and vocational training to prepare the work- force with the additional IT skills that will be required. Then. Countries with high-cost skilled labor will be able to capitalize on the higher degree of automation combined with the increased demand for more highly skilled labor. and the delivery of new services. they must put the right foundations in place: •• Define which business model to leverage for their enhanced or new offers. Producers Must Set Priorities and Upgrade the Workforce Producers have to set priorities among their production processes and enhance their workforce’s competencies. To actively shape the However. Manufacturing-System Suppliers Must Leverage Technologies Manufacturing-system suppliers need to understand how they can employ technolo- gies in new use cases to offer the greatest benefits to their customers. Adapt roles. such as analytics-driven services.

training. •• Build the right organization structure and capabilities. secure. we could well see major changes in top positions.and mobile-broadband services. Infrastructure must be rendered fast. and skill requirements shift. at both the company and regional levels. and businesses to achieve the following: •• Upgrade technological infrastructure. •• Participate in and shape technological standardization. As business models. •• Develop partnerships that are essential in the digital world.0 presents tremendous opportunities for innovative producers. and reliable enough for companies to depend on it for near real-time data. Industry 4. system suppliers need to build a scenario-based vision of the long-term industry evolution and ensure that their strategy will prepare them for the most likely scenarios. Industry 4. industry associations. sys- tem suppliers.0.•• Build the technological foundation.0 also poses a severe threat to laggards. such as the tool base for analytics. such as fixed. But. eco- nomics. and entire regions. In parallel. Infrastructure and Education Must Be Adapted Producers as well as suppliers must work to adapt infrastructure and education as they embrace the technologies of Industry 4. as with previous transformational develop- ments. The Boston Consulting Group 15 . This is best addressed through a combined effort involving government. •• Adapt school curricula. and university programs and strengthen entrepreneurial approaches to increase the IT-related skills and innovation abilities of the workforce.

He is the global leader of the machinery subsector. and an expert on digital technologies in B2B.com.0 . design. Abby Garland.philipp@bgc.com. Pascal Engel is a project leader in the firm’s Frankfurt office and a member of the Industrial Goods practice. Kim Friedman. You may contact him by e-mail at engel. 16 Industry 4. For Further Contact If you would like to discuss this report.com.michael@bcg. You may contact him by e-mail at harnisch. He is the global leader of the engineering. Gary Callahan.jan@bcg. Catherine Cuddihee. We also acknowledge Loren Steffy for his writing assistance and Katherine Andrews. You may contact him by e-mail at ruessmann. You may contact him by e-mail at lorenz. Jan Justus is a principal in BCG’s Munich office. Markus Lorenz is a partner and managing director in the firm’s Munich office. You may contact him by e-mail at justus. and Sara Strassenreiter for their editing.manuela@bcg. Acknowledgments We would like to thank our colleagues Martin Hecker.com. Michael Harnisch is a consultant in BCG’s Vienna office. Manuela Waldner is a principal in the firm’s Vienna office and a member of the Industrial Goods practice with a focus on machinery.markus@bcg. Massimo Russo. please contact one of the authors. He is an expert on digital technologies. Skye Whiteman. Philipp Gerbert is a senior partner and managing director in BCG’s Munich office. and aerospace sector. Daniel Spindelndreier. Kelly Howe.com. a member of the Industrial Goods practice. You may contact him by e-mail at gerbert. machinery.michael@bcg.com. and Michael Zinser for their contributions to this report. You may contact her by e-mail at waldner.pascal@bcg.com. Daniel Küpper.About the Authors Michael Rüßmann is a partner and managing director in the Munich office of The Boston Con- sulting Group. and production contributions.

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