The current implementation of lean principles in industrial enterprises in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Germany and the ongoing diffusion of Industry 4.0 technologies are revealed by analyzing data from the German Manufacturing Survey. This makes it possible to identify and describe patterns of distribution. Based on this, differences in company performance are examined empirically and untapped potentials of these concepts are derived from this. Accompanying case studies of excellent enterprises enhance these insights and make it possible to describe concrete examples of good practice.
To answer the research questions and achieve the project’s objectives, company data from Fraunhofer ISI’s German Manufacturing Survey are analyzed. Accompanying case studies of excellent enterprises then provide checks, and concrete examples.
The current implementation of lean principles and digitalization in production is described based on empirically reliable data. The potentials for value creation of consistently implementing lean production principles are demonstrated coherently and verifiably for manufacturing in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Germany.
Karlsruhe University of Applied Science