Established companies rarely seek new growth through new services. It is precisely here that traditional companies and start-ups can successfully learn from each other, as examples from the metal industry show convincingly.
No matter whether food, film props, prostheses or bumpers – everyone is talking about additive manufacturing at the moment. No wonder - the technology makes it possible to produce complex parts from a wide variety of materials. And all this in the highest quality.
The fax and telephone era in the metal trading business is coming to an end. The winners will be the traders who have been quick and purposeful in the digitisation of their processes. The development will lead to fully automatic supply via the Internet of Things.
How will the supplier industry develop once the combustion engine becomes obsolete? Experts give the all-clear: Electric motors continue to rely on castings. Yet foundries and die-casting companies still need to prepare themselves for the transformation.