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5 Strategies for Production in The Digital Age

Countries are implementing various production strategies to stand out from the competition in the digital age. Although these strategies are essentially aimed at integrating technology into manufacturing, the strategies adopted by each country vary.

Germany – Industry 4.0

The most popular among the national production strategies is Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. This strategy, which emerged in 2010 for Germany to keep innovation at the forefront, was selected as one of the 10 projects in High-Tech Strategy 2020. Industry 4.0 focuses on IIoT, 3D printing, advanced robotics, virtual and augmented reality, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and automation. One of the most important implementations of Industry 4.0 is the fact that Adidas, a German brand, has returned to Germany for production after 20 years and opened a digital factory called Speedfactory. The Industry 4.0 strategy offers significant advantages for SMEs as well as for the world's giant manufacturers.

China – Made In China 2025

Looks natural to see the label ‘Made In China' in many of the technological or non-technological products we use today. emerging in 2015, The Made In China strategy reflects China's goal of self-sufficiency in various technologies and industries to gain power on the global stage. To reduce dependence on foreign countries such as the US in areas such as automotive, aerospace, semiconductors, IT and advanced robotics are among the main objectives of this strategy. Aiming to dominate the world in this type of high-tech industries by 2049, China plans to increase self-sufficiency to 70 percent by 2025. Under the Made In China strategy, companies are provided with state funding and tax cuts.


In February 2012, the US National Council for Science and Technology (NSTC) set a new goal to increase investments in advanced production technology, increase the number of workers with the skills required for these sectors, and accelerate further research and development for production. In 2018, NSTC announced a strategy for US leadership in advanced manufacturing, designed to ensure the country's economic prosperity and safety. There were three main elements of this strategy. These are:

Development and transformation of new production technologies
Educate, train and employ the production workforce
Increase the capabilities of the domestic manufacturing supply chain.

Japan – Robot Revolution Initiative

The RRI open innovation platform was founded in 2015 with 226 members including companies, associations and individuals. RRI's goals include transforming Japan into the world's leading robot innovation center, making the country the largest global user of robots in all areas of life, and integrating IoT technology in the new robot era.

UK – Catapult

In 2016, the UK government by transforming the Business Department to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has switched to a new era. The main objectives of the UK's Catapult strategy are to integrate industry with research and development institutes. It is aimed to establish a hub for businesses, scientists and engineers to work side by side in research and development to create new products and services.