• Industry: Manufacturing, Industry 4.0
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Website: www.kfactory.ei

Why we invested in KFactory

 The Problem

Before we get into the details, let’s set the stage. The manufacturing industry is a significant contributor to the EU’s GDP, and the Industry 4.0 market is estimated to reach a whopping 185 billion EUR by 2025. With stats like these, it’s clear that the future of manufacturing is digital. 

BUUUUT, there’s a but – Let’s face it, the digital transformation of factories is a long, winding road filled with hurdles. But it’s not just a “nice-to-have” anymore; it’s a “must-have.” Add to that a global shortage of skilled workers, and you’ve got an industry crying out for innovation. 

The solution

Enter KFactory. Their software platform integrates technologies like IoT and Machine Learning, providing a real-time window into the manufacturing environment. This isn’t just about data; it’s about actionable insights that lead to faster problem resolution and increased productivity. And let’s not forget their team of Virtual Engineers, who act as virtual partners in everyday activities. 

The Market

Manufacturing makes up about 16% of the EU’s GDP, and the Industry 4.0 market is estimated to reach a staggering 185 billion EUR by 2025. Companies are expected to invest 140 billion EUR annually in Industry 4.0 initiatives. And get this—according to Deloitte, 86% of manufacturers believe smart factories will be the cornerstone of manufacturing competitiveness in just five years. 

Why now?

Industry 4.0 isn’t just a buzzword; it’s the future. As automation becomes more prevalent, new roles and tasks will emerge. And let’s not forget the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been a game-changer for the industry. It’s been a win for companies already on their digital journey, a reality check for those in the process, and a wake-up call for those still contemplating it. 

Plus, businesses are realizing that empowering their employees is key to long-term success. As automation levels increase, new tasks and roles will emerge that can’t be automated, making the need for intuitive decision-making and complex task completion more crucial than ever. 

The team

What really got us excited was the team behind KFactory. With over 20 years in enterprise IT and a focus on mission-critical software for industrial production lines, their CPO is a force to be reckoned with. And their BDO, with 15 years in enterprise software selling and implementation, knows the ins and outs of the industry. 

KFactory has been involved in multiple large projects for manufacturing companies and has managed services for major IT vendors like SAP, Microsoft, and Oracle. Their approach is not just innovative; it’s proven.