The world of manufacturing is moving faster than ever. This is all down to the changing level of influence of the end customer.

Build the Ideal Factory

At the same time, they stay in control of schedules, purchase orders, price adjustments, delivery reliability and inventories. They monitor their margins and generate optimal returns. How do they do it? By creating an ideal factory.


Successful manufacturing companies are those who can respond rapidly to changing customer requirements. The customer is in charge. Now more than ever, it is end-customer demand that dictates how both you and the other links in the demand-driven supply chain need to produce and deliver goods.

That involves a great deal of work. Meeting the needs of demanding customers calls for manufacturing companies to collaborate seamlessly with suppliers. It requires a reliable production process that combines high quality with minimal waste. It also necessitates a focus on service.

The ideal factory

We help manufacturing companies think about challenges such as these using a model we call the Ideal Factory. This ideal factory is based on solid foundations that give you maximum insight into scheduling, purchase orders, price adjustments, delivery reliability and inventories. It has everything you need to seamlessly introduce new products, monitor your company's margins and generate optimal returns. With the right foundations, you can be resilient and manoeuvrable. Moreover, every process adds value for the customer. Changing circumstances and changing customer requirements are no longer a problem. This is how you respond.


Servitization is on the rise. More and more production companies are gradually shifting towards offering some or all of their products on a subscription basis.


Your customers expect customised products in a lot size of one. Are you able to create a unique product or a unique range of products based on customer specifications?

Digital Transformation

New production methods are bringing rapid changes to the manufacturing sector. It's time to get on board. But how?

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Why data should be seen as the fourth production factor

Blog - April 23 2018, 4 min reading time

The three traditional factors concerning production are land, labor, and capital. But it is fair to say that data has now become the fourth factor of production. In this blog we will examine the impact of data on production companies.

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