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The 2022 trends in mechanical and plant engineering

The 2022 trends in mechanical and plant engineering

What are the hot topics in machine and plant engineering/automation in 2022? On a scale of 1-10: Which trends will scare players out of their comfort zone, what "impact" will they have on the industry? Industry expert Dr.-Ing. Dirk Artelt from Dr. Wieselhuber & Partner (W&P) ventures a forecast - in the 2022 Trendometer.

Resilient value creation systems - increasing resilience to external influences! IMPACT 10

The pandemic and other crises (e.g., natural disasters, financial or industry crises, Brexit & Co., sanctions) have shown once again: resilient value chains are highly relevant, because external "shocks" have a negative impact on supply and demand from a value-adding perspective. However, it is currently apparent that the cost optimization of recent decades has turned global value chains into a well-established but fragile construct. Medium-sized machinery and plant manufacturers in particular must become more resilient by 2022 at the latest in order to avoid economic losses. To this end, crisis strategies should be developed, scenarios calculated and the spectrum of possible courses of action defined.

Digital transformation and artificial intelligence (AI) - keep up the pace! IMPACT 10

New technologies are fundamentally changing the economy and companies - AI is an elementary component. The biggest inhibitor in companies to take advantage of the associated opportunities: Management - especially in medium-sized companies - still has too little confidence in the new topics, although concrete applications have already arrived in practice. A corresponding corporate strategy should therefore define the buzzword "digitization," make it testable in concrete goals and translate it into concrete measures. But above all, it won't work without the digital mindset of the employees: "Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast" Peter Drucker already stated in the 90s.

Sustainability - the reality arrives in the industry! IMPACT 9

Doing business without regard for losses no longer has a future - and this is true not only for industries such as textiles or food. In mechanical and plant engineering, too, it has long since ceased to be sufficient to derive ecological guard rails and present them in CSR reports with glossy pictures to a small interested public. Many companies are relying on digital technologies to achieve the goals they have set. The task now is to align economically efficient and sustainable value creation in order to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions and costs, and in parallel to create short supply chains and healthy working conditions.

Operational overload - company organization in focus!  IMPACT 9

As in previous years, many order books are well filled - and many companies in the industry are drowning in operational overload. Time to think about the future? There is none in these unusual times. But due to the success of the past years, tectonic shifts and frictions in international markets and increasing complexity, it is 5 to 12 in terms of company organization. On the one hand, machine builders and automation companies should position themselves as agilely as possible in order to meet the constantly changing and new requirements flexibly and quickly. On the other hand, core business activities must be aligned as closely as possible with the relevant customer segments and handled efficiently, smoothly and automatically.

Servitization - the boost for manufacturing companies! IMPACT 8

Customers' demands for service have increased - after all, machines have become more and more complex, new service competitors and additional IoT offerings have mingled in the market. But many machine and plant manufacturers are still struggling to fully exploit their customers' sales and earnings potential when it comes to service. They are often still far from shining as "service champions." This untapped potential can be aggressively leveraged with less sales effort in new product business and without capital investment if you have defined the necessary service strategy.

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