May 16, 2020

Siemens Gamesa installed the most wind capacity in 2017, overtaking Vestas

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Siemens ranks as the manufacturer with most installed wind equipment in 2017
The Spanish wind turbine manufacturer, Siemens Gamesa, claimed the top spot of wind equipment manufacturing in 2017.

The firm installed the most wind c...

The Spanish wind turbine manufacturer, Siemens Gamesa, claimed the top spot of wind equipment manufacturing in 2017.

The firm installed the most wind capacity last year, at 9.43GW, overtaking the Danish company, Vestas, which ranked second at 7.52GW.

According to GlobalData, Vestas fell one place, having been ranked number one in 2016.

Siemens Gamesa installed 26.4% more capacity in 2017 than the previous year, with Vestas’ total installed amount falling by 14%.

The third top wind equipment manufacturer was awarded to the China-based Goldwind at 5.45GW, followed by US-based General Electric, at 4.83GW – which both fell by one place during the review period.

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For th second year in a row, Enercon Gmbh ranked fifth, having installed 3.35GW of wind equipment last year.

“The recent merger of Gamesa and Siemens created a strong position in the industry across the onshore and offshore space,”commented Ankit Mathur, Practice Head for Power at GlobalData.

“The competitive advantage of larger size and scale, along with good geographic diversification, provided the necessary push enabling it to claim the top spot.”

“As a result of merger synergies, SGRE’s wide product mix, global presence, and strong position in the offshore wind sector should help to safeguard its lead over the closest competitors.”

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

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57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

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