With more than 6,000 companies and 900,000 employees, machinery and plant engineering represents the biggest industry in Germany. It mostly counts medium-sized companies and has an export rate of 70%. Its traditional strengths include the companies’ innovative energy and flexibility.
The industry’s challenges include the growing stocklists, the cross-departmental information exchange about product changes and the management of subcontracts considering products with long delivery periods. Additionally, the integration of service- and product data management becomes more and more important and the budget surveillance in terms of rotating calculations reflects great requirements to software systems.