Mobility is changing - mechanical engineering makes it possible


Mobility is becoming more diverse. The change in mobility is set. Hybridization and electrification are increasingly becoming the standard. Mechanical engineering is the focus here - it produces mobility.
From the development of new synthetic fuels to the transformation of the powertrain and autonomous driving: Mobility is only changing with the help of mechanical and plant engineering. On the one hand, the companies are suppliers of production equipment to the automotive industry. This makes them a decisive technology supplier for one of the world's best production chains. On the other hand, the mechanical engineering industry itself is a user of state-of-the-art drive technologies in the field of mobile machinery such as agricultural and construction machinery and forklift trucks.
The diversity of requirements in the respective markets also requires a diversity of available technologies. Hybridization and electrification are gaining momentum, as is the development of decarbonized, synthetic fuels, so-called eFuels.
One thing is clear: mechanical and plant engineering as an innovative solution provider will be crucial - in hybrid and electric drives, in lightweight construction, in battery production or in the generation of fuels from green energy (power-to-X). However, every transformation process also brings uncertainties. Many companies are looking for transparency and orientation in the change.
For four years now, the "Drive in Change" study series has been a guide and compass for the many companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector and their customer and supplier industries. The study series deliberately targets value creation potentials and the effects of change on production and production-related areas. And one of the core results is: If new forms of mobility or propulsion conquer the market, such as the fuel cell in vehicles, then opportunities will arise above all for the European mechanical engineering industry. This is because production is the key to economically and ecologically sustainable mobility in the future, and mechanical and plant engineering plays a leading role in the transformation of mobility systems.