Towards the factory of the future
Creating the maximal value in the supply chain with the aid of internet and strategic partners in an open environment ̶ this was the basic principle defined at the Hannover Messe in various ways: smart factories, factory of the future, Industry 4.0 and internet of things. Essentially all these concepts have the same objective. With regard to TenCate, this basic principle has been an important part of its strategy for years, and txtures discussed this with Frank Spaan, corporate director business development of TenCate.
Flexibility in production and volume is being created by further digitalization, automation or robotization. This leads to more efficient use of raw materials, a lower failure rate in production, a considerable increase in innovation, and a growing ability to respond more effectively to customer needs. Every company, however, implements this in its own way. ‘And that includes us,’ says Frank Spaan. ‘Furthermore it applies to the production not only of protective and outdoor fabrics, but also of composites, synthetic turf and geotextiles.’