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This IDC Manufacturing Insights report presents the results of a recent worldwide survey that IDC Manufacturing Insights conducted to investigate how the factory of the future will look like.
"In the past, manufacturers, operating in growing and demanding mass markets, were called on building large factories that were as automated as possible. The aim was creating perfect production entities able to minimize costs and maximize yields. Global markets have now taken another direction and manufacturers are finding themselves fundamentally unable to meet always changing customer needs, with rigid production processes and excess of capacity," said Pierfrancesco Manenti, head of EMEA Research, IDC Manufacturing Insights. "As our recent factory of the future research demonstrates, leading manufacturers in developed economies of North America and Western Europe are ready to make foundational changes to their production models and more than 43% have already a formal process in place to design their factory of the future."