In the fast-paced, dynamic markets in which the DEUTZ Group operates, there are, in addition to the aforementioned risk factors that can negatively impact on the attainment of the business objectives, also opportunities that can have a positive effect on the business objectives of the Group for 2017 and beyond. Identifying and harnessing these opportunities is the responsibility of the individual operating segments of the Group. Unlike risks, opportunities are not collated and assessed centrally.
Unless otherwise stated, the opportunities described below refer to 2017 and relate to the DCE and DCS segments.
Economic situation in relevant markets
Developments in the global economy have a major effect on the financial position and financial performance of the DEUTZ Group. If our expectations regarding the macroeconomic situation in our most important markets of Europe, the USA and Asia are exceeded, and in view of the measures we have already taken to boost efficiency (particularly the optimisation of our network of sites in Germany), we may perform significantly better than we predicted.
Research and development
Increasingly stringent emissions standards and general technological progress are placing huge demands on our entire industry. We are one of the innovation leaders and have a very strong competitive position thanks to our proven expertise, our many years of experience and our efficient processes in the research and development of diesel engines and other drive systems. The development of gas engines with a capacity of up to 4 litres and the expansion of our portfolio of products with a capacity of over 4 litres will enable us to reinforce this strong competitive position.
Production and quality
The digital transformation of manufacturing, referred to as Industry 4.0, is exploring new approaches to production. The first projects in the service business are due to start soon. In combination with projects to improve quality and the introduction of the zero-error strategy, this may lead to substantial efficiency increases and greater customer satisfaction in the short to medium term.