kind of intrapreneurship across the company’s manufacturing activities.
Q: Bosch aims to achieve €1 billion in gains
and €1 billion in ne w revenues by 2020 as a
result of its various Industry 4.0 initiatives
around the world. How far have you come
to reaching that goal?
A: I can’t give you a precise figure regarding what we’ve achieved in billions or millions of Euros, but what I can say is that
the vision was the right one. On one hand,
we have made major production improvements and quality improvements that have
brought us a lot of savings across all our
production activities. So we are able to industrialize our products smarter, faster,
and make more with the same resources.
We have increased our level of efficiency.
That’s a major contribution to this vision
of a billion Euro savings and revenues. On
the other hand, we have also developed a lot
of Industry 4.0 tools and applications that
we can provide as services to suppliers and
to customers. That’s also generating new
Q: What do you see as the biggest oppor-
tunities for manufacturing over the next
A: I’m really interested in what we will be able
to achieve with all the data that we are collecting. First, what exactly is the top limit of efficiency that we could reach in the production
of products using all this data? That’s something that I find very exciting. Second, based
on all this data that we will collect and analyze,
how can we not just make production more
efficient, but also deliver new services, so we
are not just producing products, but creating
new business models based on the data that we
will have. I am convinced that, in a connected
world, in a fast-changing world, you will not
be able to achieve competitive success without
Industry 4.0 solutions.
Q: What challenges still keep you awake
A: Speed is one. We know that we are already
well advanced on this journey with the implementation and transformation to Manufacturing 4.0. But we also know we would
like to be faster, even if we are on the right
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ucts and a wide
range of servic-
es, and now we
are moving to
become an even
Robert Bosch, Mondeville Plant: Industry 4.0 Roadmap