Digitalization & Industrie 4.0
Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning: The digital transformation has long since arrived in mechanical engineering. However, the associated dynamics repeatedly present every company with the challenge of recognizing and successfully exploiting existing digitization potential.

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Prof. Claus Oetter,

"The platform economy follows a holistic rationale, as potential or actual distinct value networks become apparent."

Prof. Claus Oetter,
Prof Claus Oetter, Managing Director VDMA Software and Digitalisation

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billion euros

the annual amount of damage due to product piracy amounts to

Source: VDMA Study "Product Piracy in Mechanical and Plant Engineering" 2022

Auf den Punkt Zusammenfassung Digitalisierung

"Future Skills in Mechanical and Plant Engineering" study
  • 90 percent of the companies surveyed are undergoing change processes
  • The majority of companies know how important future skills are for the long-term success of the company.
  • Future skills are scarce: Four out of five companies face a "skills gap".

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