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Digital Transformation Lags In Chemical Industry

Process industries have unique challenges. BASF and Dow explain how they address these challenges and waltz forward.

By Dick Hill, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group
May 1, 2019

At a recent ARC Industry Forum many discussions revolved around digital transformation. According to a presentation by Mike Williams, ARC associate, although industry research indicates that there has been more than 75% of the process industry participating in Industry 4.0 technology evaluation or pilot projects, there is still less than 25% of the industry moving beyond the pilot phase. It would appear that the process industries are lagging behind other industry segments such as automotive and other discrete manufacturers.

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