With this shift, we’re executing to see new business models emerging globally that are driven by three major new trends:
The effect of the pandemic on the current production market has meant that many businesses are having to rapidly adjust to survive the change. Moving forward supply chain costs, planning, production, delivery, and storage costs, are all going to start shifting demands away from the traditional methods of production and management that we’re used to.
Digitalized products: Shift to new business models in spare parts management. Shifting spare parts to a digital space can enable greater stock management, reduce lead times waiting for unnecessary parts, and reduce overhead supply chain and storage costs.
On-demand, sustainable production: The digitalization of parts requires negligible physical storage. Parts can be printed to order with the click of a button, minimizing wastage, lead times, and storage costs as well as allowing for flexibility of need.
Increased focus on aftersales and service: Customers are paying increasing attention to aftersales service and quality of care. Innovative service options like additive manufacturing can offer an edge in customer satisfaction that could make the difference in whether they chose to purchase your product, or not.
Additive manufacturing fits with the above trends really well and can offer some promising innovation in the after-market sector. Whether it’s print-to-order spare parts, innovation for current parts no longer in production, or creating a greener more sustainable option for customers: additive manufacturing is undoubtedly going to play a large part in the future of these trends and more.
If you’d like to learn more about these trends, and how additive manufacturing can enable your business to adapt to the changing market you can download the complete white paper here: