Apr 1, 2021

German industrial worker (61%) want to drive digitalisation

Georgia Wilson
2 min
Germany, digital transformation, industrial workers
Mendix - a Siemens business - has published its international survey ‘Low-Code Forecasts 2021...

Latest survey findings from Mendix - a Siemens business - reveals that 61 per cent of industrial workers in Germany want to actively shape their organisations digitisation with 77 per cent interested in learning new digital skills.

The international survey ‘Low-Code Forecasts 2021’ analysed the potential collaborative software development has as a driver of digitalisation when it comes to manufacturing employees’ desires and expectations for new digital skills.

Key survey findings

  • 71 per cent of employees surveyed stated that they would learn low-code for professional reasons, using it in their current jobs
  • 6 per cent of those surveyed are already actively working with low-code technology
  • Survey leaders estimate that that there are more than 326,00 low-coders working in Germany, with 1.85 million untapped potential 
  • 51 per cent of Germans surveyed said that new skills would help them to be even more successful in their jobs, with 43 per cent hoping for better career opportunities
  • 32% of industrial workers in Germany would prefer to learn the new skills from professional training from outside their organisation, while 30 per cent would prefer internal coaching from the IT department

Despite these strong desires for learning digital skills, 46 per cent of industrial workers in Germany had never heard of the trm low-code before, with 30 per cent stating that they had heard of it, but had no precise understanding of what it actually is.

“There has been talk for some time about the democratisation of software development through technologies such as low-code and the resulting boost to digitalisation. The survey shows there is also a great interest among non-IT professionals to develop digital skills,” said Hans de Visser, VP of product management at Mendix. 

“At the same time, there’s a big gap between the desire for participation and awareness of low-code. Low-code can act as a digitalisation driver in the industry. The opportunities are great. With the equivalent of 1.8 million potential low-code users or ‘makers’ in the industrial environment in Germany alone, imagine the brilliant ideas for applications that are just waiting to be implemented. And imagine the enormous added value they can potentially bring to their organizations,” he added.

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May 10, 2021

Timeline: Tesla's Construction of Gigafactories

Georgia Wilson
3 min
Sustainable Manufacturing | Gigafactory | Electric Vehicles | EVs | Tesla | Smart Manufacturing | Automotive Manufacturing | Technology
A brief timeline of Tesla’s Gigafactory construction progress over the years, furthering its efforts in sustainable energy and electric vehicles...

Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy

Founded in 2003, Tesla was established by a group of engineers with a drive to "prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars." Almost 20 years on, Tesla today is not only manufacturing all electric vehicles, but scaleable clean energy generation and storage too. 

"Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better," says Tesla. "Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want. "

Tesla Gigafactories

In order to deliver on its promise of "accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and energy products," Tesla's Gigafactory journey began in 2014 to meet its produciton goals of 500,000 cars per year (a figure which would require the entire worlds supply of lithium-ion batteries at the time).  

By ramping up its production and bringing it in-house, the cost of Tesla 's battery cells declined "through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimisation of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof." With this reduction in battery cost, "Tesla can make products available to more and more people, allowing us to make the biggest possible impact on transitioning the world to sustainable energy."

2014: Giga Nevada and Giga New York begin construction

Born out of necessity to meet its own supply demand for sustainable energy, Tesla began the construction of its first Gigafactory in June 2014, in Reno, Nevada, followed by its Buffalo, New York facility the same year. "By bringing cell production in-house, Tesla manufactures batteries at the volumes required to meet production goals, while creating thousands of jobs," said Tesla.

2016: Reno, Nevada grand opening

Tesla’s construction of Giga Nevada came to an end in 2016, the first of its Gigafactories to complete its construction project. The factory’s grand opening took place in July 2016, and by mid-2018 reached an annual battery production rate of 20 GWh, which made it the highest-volume battery plant in the world that year. 

2017: Giga New York begins production

Two years after Tesla’s second Gigafactory began construction, Giga New York was complete, and started its production operations in 2017.

2019: Giga Shanghai construction to production in record time

In 2019, Tesla selected Shanghai as its third Gigafactory location. The company constructed the factory in record time, taking just 168 working days from gaining permits to finishing the plant's construction.

2019: Giga Berlin begins construction

Announced in November 2019, Tesla began the construction of its first European Gigafactory in Berlin. The Gigafactory is still under construction.

2020: Giga Texas begins construction

The following year in August 2020, Tesla began the construction of its Giga Texas factory. The company’s third Gigafactory in the US is still under construction.

2021: Giga Texas and Giga Berlin expected completion of construction

Looking to the future, Tesla expects to complete the construction of its Giga Texas and Giga Berlin factories in May 2021 and July 2021 respectively.

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