In many cases, production is still the core element of manufacturing companies. The demanding challenges in this area continue to grow. Pressure from competitors, innovation and investors often requires an emphasis on optimising the conflicting priorities of time, cost and quality.
Where this is concerned, rapidly changing market and customer requirements and the increased flexibility demanded by global competition are especially important. The road to meeting these challenges is production strategy and footprint, through optimised production using lean management and digitalisation, to effective and efficient value creation in the agile production network.