From 'Energy transition' to 'Transformation': Implications for the Machinery Value Chain

From 'Energy transition' to 'Transformation': Implications for the Machinery Value Chain

How does the energy transition change the way we see the world? In this article, I explore how many different companies are changing their strategies to meet this new reality.

Overview of the ‘energy transition’

In recent years, the term ‘energy transition’ has become increasingly prevalent in both academic and policy discussions. This is due to the growing awareness of the need to address climate change and energy security issues, and to the recognition that a fundamental change in how we produce and use energy is required if these challenges are to be met.

This paper provides an overview of the ‘energy transition’ concept, including its origins and key components. It then discusses some of the implications for the machinery value chain, focusing on aspects such as energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and automated machine technology.

Analysing the implications for machinery value chain

The global energy transition has already started to transform the way we use and produce energy, with profound implications for the machinery value chain. In this blog, we look at how the machinery value chain is likely to be affected by these changes, and discuss how companies can prepare for them.

The first thing to note is that the energy transition isn't just about using less energy. It's about using different types of energy in more environmentally friendly ways. This means that machinery used in traditional industrial processes – such as metalworking, drilling, and printing – will need to be redesigned to take advantage of new sources of energy, like renewables.

For example, wind and solar power are becoming increasingly cost-effective alternatives to traditional sources of energy like coal and oil. So manufacturers who want to keep their operations running using renewable sources should start planning for a future where these technologies are integral parts of their machinery fleets.

Another big change happening with the energy transition is that it's leading to a shift away from centralized production systems towards distributed networks. This means that machines used in manufacturing will increasingly be connected to each other and to the internet – meaning they'll need a lot more software and firmware updates than

Implications for European manufacturers

The article discusses how the 'Energy transition' is changing the way we use energy, and how this will have an impact on the machinery value chain. The article also looks at how transformation can help European manufacturers to adapt and take advantage of these changes.


As the world transitions from an energy-centric economy to a more sustainable and distributed one, the machinery value chain is evolving too. The focus on environmentally friendly and resource-efficient technologies has driven down the demand for traditional heavy machinery and increased demand for lighter, more agile machines. At the same time, new challenges are emerging: production needs to move increasingly closer to end users, reducing transportation costs; increasing automation is challenging the workforce; and climate change imposes ever stricter restrictions on energy supply. In order to remain competitive in this dynamic environment, companies must shift their thinking beyond just building machines – they need to become transformation engines that can help them agility across these various changes.

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