Economic growth and securing of employment depends on companies‘ ability to innovate. Innovation can thus refer to new or improved products, services, processes, organisational forms, markets etc. Respectively, the competitiveness of companies’ is not only defined by the efficiency of their products and services but also by the corresponding production processes. The costs of production, delivery flexibility and quality are important factors here.
Several surveys try to capture innovation activities in the economy, to show backlogs of certain sectors or regions and to contrast and compare Germany to other countries. Most of these surveys focus on indicators on product innovation. Process innovations, however, are not so closely monitored. To close this gap and to complement existing surveys, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI has developed the German Manufacturing Survey.