Dear shareholders, customers, partners, employees and friends of the KION Group,
We are witnessing a revolution. Not one that sweeps aside governments but one that will fundamentally affect how all of us live and work. The distinction between goods and services in a digital world is becoming blurred. In factories, products and machines are starting to talk to each other. Racks determine for themselves when they need to be replenished, shipping containers place the order for their loading, forklift trucks organise themselves autonomously. I am, of course, referring to the fourth industrial revolution – known as the Industrial Internet of Things or, in Germany, Industrie 4.0. A sea change that would be inconceivable without Intralogistics 4.0.
The ones who are benefiting are our customers as they can use their warehouses, production lines and distribution structures much more efficiently than in the past. However, it is not employees who are posting their status on social media, sharing their location or describing what they are currently doing. It is our trucks! These are genuine innovations that offer added value for our customers.