In addition to the presentation of the study results, experts gave current insights into Industry 4.0 and offered perspectives on production networks of the future. As a cooperation partner, FHWien der WKW was also represented by the WebAnalyticsLab.
On Friday, October 15, 2021, Walter Mayrhofer, Head of Research and the Institute for Digital Transformation & Strategy of FH Wien der WKW (IDS) and co-author of the study, moderated the industry forum “Made in Austria: 2021+”, at which the results of the study “Made in Austria: Production Work in Austria 2021” were published.
Sebastian Schlund, Head of the Research Area HCCPPAS at theInstitute for Management Sciences from TU Vienna, presented a positive picture of the mood of domestic manufacturing companies at TUtheSky. Because the business situation of the industrial companies surveyed – despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic – is assessed as very positive or positive by more than 85 %. The results of the study also show that digital assistance systems have finally arrived in Austria’s production companies. Robots, for example, are increasingly becoming co-workers of a highly qualified and on-the-job-trained workforce. Supply bottlenecks are increasingly being countered with smaller and regional suppliers as well as transparent supply chains.
Positive outlook and interesting insights
In addition to the exciting study results, entertaining and interesting presentations provided insights into the world of robotics, urban industrial production, digital transformation as well as smart production planning and offered views on production networks of the future. Humans will also play a key role in Industry 4.0. Even if they are relieved of the task of “carrying” things by a “co-bot” or an exoskeleton.
Visitors discovered the current state of technical development at the “demonstrators” exhibition. For example, at the WebAnalyticsLab of FHWien der WKW, visitors could try out eye-tracking analyses and emotion measurement for themselves.
As a cooperation partner of “Made in Austria: Production Work in Austria 2021”, IDS of FHWien der WKW would like to thank TU Wien, Fraunhofer Austria and EIT Manufacturing CLC East for the great event and the successful study.