Industry is playing an increasingly important role worldwide. It is considered a driver for innovation, growth, and social stability. At the same time, however, competition is growing more intense. Customers demand new, high-quality products and customized offerings at ever shorter time intervals. In addition, it is necessary to continually increase productivity. And only those who can make do with less energy and fewer resources will be able to cope with the growing cost pressure.
These challenges can be overcome. The solution lies in merging the virtual and real production world, in innovative software, and in automation and drive technologies as well as services. These will reduce time to market, make production more efficient and flexible – and help industrial companies retain their competitive edge.