Digitalization of the factory environment is taking us into the next industrial age. Revolutions in production are changing the ways in which people will work, and they are influencing how productive they are. These changes are being driven by the toughest benchmarking competition for the manufacturing industry in the whole of Europe, the “Factory of the Year” competition, now in its 25th year. This competition, and the congress of the same name, is organized by the trade magazine “Produktion” and A.T. Kearney.
“And the winner is …” – For what was the 25th time, A.T. Kearney and the trade magazine “Produktion” invited the industrial elite to the grand award ceremony of Europe’s leading competition for the manufacturing sector. And likewise for the 25th time, hundreds of industry experts came to the “Factory of the Year/GEO” Congress in Munich/Germany to discuss successful concepts for the factory of the future.
The production elite came to Munich for this silver jubilee edition of “Factory of the Year” to compare notes with the top-level decision-makers of industry, like the CEO of General Electric Germany & Austria, Prof. Stephan Reimelt. With numerous keynote speeches by A.T. Kearney Central Europe’s boss Martin Eisenhut and our Partner Marc Lakner, among others, and intensive workshops, the management consultancy set the line of attack for industry: “Factory 4.0 will be more digital, more virtual and more resource-efficient. Data-based processes and technical revolutions will bring global industry additional profits,” said Martin Eisenhut at the conference.
“The Factory of the Year competition shows that it pays to utilize new development and production opportunities. It rewards plants that venture a step into the future and motivates firms that until now have kept themselves wrapped up in old preconceptions. We can help both sides, namely by supporting them as they implement the transformation to Industry 4.0,” Eisenhut enthused.
It was impressive to see how this year’s prize winners of the competition have long utilized the benefits of digitalization in their everyday workflows. While others are still talking about the factory of the future, this has long been reality in the plant dubbed “Factory of the Year”.
Those who survive the tough audits and factory visits by A.T. Kearney can be extremely proud to be named among the winners in one of the five main categories. However, the highlight of the event was the naming of the Factory of the Year. And the winner was … ASM Assembly Systems, who have completely reorganized their entire production. As a smart factory, they are actively driving automation of their production regime – with smart, networked systems.
The fact that A.T. Kearney is a trailblazer in the field of Operations is highlighted every year by the Global Excellence in Operations (GEO) Award. This year, the trophy went to Rohde & Schwarz, which impressively demonstrated how increased efficiency can go hand-in-hand with agility.
More information on the “Factory of the Year”: http://www.kearney.com/web/global-excellence-in-operations