Digitalization and the use of digital technologies in German Industrie 4.0 are advanced in international comparison. Eighty-three percent of domestic companies believe that their value chains will be marked by a high level of digitalization by 2020.
More than 65 percent of German companies use or plan to use special Industrie 4.0 applications. Two thirds of companies, according to the Staufen German Industrie 4.0 Index 2017, already deploy predictive maintenance applications – in-house or as a purchased service.
In the manufacturing sector, three in four companies use smart services like cloud computing solutions; one third of which analyze large amounts of data using big data analytics solutions. Technological leadership and vision in the fields of manufacturing, automation and software-based embedded systems, as well as historically strong industrial networks, lay the cornerstone for the long-term success of Industrie 4.0 in Germany.