A survey of 1,155 manufacturing executives in 26 countries, including Luxembourg, found there are four types of firms when it comes to the Industry 4.0 evolution.
Outfits were classified as “digital novices”, “digital followers”, “digital innovators” or “digital champions”.
“Just 10% of global manufacturing companies are digital champions, while almost two-thirds have barely or not yet begun on the digital journey,” according to the “Global Digital Operations Study 2018” (PDF), published by the consulting firm PwC’s Strategy& unit in April 2018.
The report said: “The automotive and electronics industries have the most digital champions, with 20% of automotive and 14% of electronics companies implementing innovative solutions across their marketplace and facilities.”
Geographically speaking, the Asia-Pacific region led the way, with 19% of manufacturers classified as digital champions, stated Strategy&. That compared to 11% in the Americas and just 5% in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.