Manufacturing builds an important sector in most economies worldwide. Industrialization and automatization have entailed great advances in production processes over the past two centuries. Today, seeking for market leadership implies a worldwide footprint representation. In this environment, a company’s long-term competitiveness is strongly depending on agility which enables faster adaptation to changing and diverse requirements. Simultaneously, many companies struggle with achieving the performance targets for their production and supporting processes in the short term. Digital Transformation on the path to Industrie 4.0. allows to successively advance both agility and operational performance.
This paper reveals, how manufacturing companies are managing their individual path towards Industrie 4.0.