Downturn in production systems
The risk profiles of production systems companies vary according to a number of factors. For example, it is important for companies to spread their risk by having several different areas of activity with regard to technology and applications. In times of crisis there is strong demand for services rather than new machines. Manufacturers with a wide range of interests will generally be less affected by the crisis than specialist providers. Another key success factor is having a strong market presence combined with a high level of competence in target markets. A fast speed of innovation and engineering efficiency mean better results. Product design also needs close examination – 30% of European manufacturers use less than 70% of a machine's full range of functions.