Siemens hands over digital transformation roadmap

Siemens hands over digital transformation roadmap

  • Detailed digitalization roadmap including schedule, technology recommendations and return-on-investment data
  • Steklarna Hrastnik aims to use the roadmap to improve its productivity, flexibility and sustainability

A customized digitalization roadmap developed by Siemens in association with the renowned Slovenian glass manufacturer Steklarna Hrastnik was delivered to the company’s CEO Peter Čas today at the glasstec in Düsseldorf. Personally handing over the comprehensive digitalization roadmap on behalf of Siemens at the Siemens booth in Hall 15, D04 was Head of Vertical Glass Bernhard Saftig.

As part of a joint digitalization consulting project, Siemens and Steklarna Hrastnik collaborated to create a detailed strategy for the glass manufacturer’s digital transformation over the next five years. It is already eight years since Steklarna Hrastnik first laid the foundation stone for its future digital transformation by a series of investments in automation. One of the aims behind the company’s transformation into a smart factory is to improve its niche position in the high-end sector.

“I’m delighted to be holding the digitalization roadmap for our company in my hands. It’s the most valuable result to emerge from our consulting workshops with Siemens.It provides a concrete instruction manual for achieving digitalization in our company. This customized implementation roadmap is tailored specifically to our needs, pointing us towards where, how and with which products, solutions and services we can complete each of the necessary digitalization steps,” said Steklarna Hrastnik CEO Peter Čas. “By implementing Industrie 4.0, we will additionally upgrade our ability to produce the most technically complex bottle shapes and achieve even greater precision in our production. This way, we’ll be able to further increase quality, productivity and efficiency, which will radically shorten the time from the order to its realization. As a consequence, we plan to increase our market share in special glass bottles in the highest quality class,” continued Čas.

Around the world, industrial companies are facing new challenges in terms of the flexibility, efficiency and quality of their production. These challenges can only be tackled through digitalization.

“Siemens firmly believes that a comprehensive approach to digitalization will exert a positive and sustainable impact on any company. This entails a comprehensive initial analysis like the one performed at Steklarna Hrastnik, which ensures that subsequent solutions are perfectly adjusted to the individual needs and scope of the company involved. What’s paramount here is to adopt an approach which is Siemens product neutral and customer focused,” explains Bernd Saftig, Head of Vertical Glass at Siemens.


Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence,innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largestproducers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient powergeneration and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, driveand software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such ascomputed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well asclinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and netincome of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at

Steklarna Hrastnik based in Slovenia looks back on 157 years of tradition. It produces technically complex glassproducts using one of the clearest glass types in the world, and uses its expertise to manufacture a wide range ofproducts from tableware to packaging glass. The packaging glass division produces sophisticated, specially shapedbottles for the spirits and perfume industries to the highest standards of design and quality. Steklarna Hrastnik isconsidered one of the world’s top addresses for premium packaging glass. Its technically optimized bottles made ofbrilliant clear glass visually enhance the end products of its clients. The company’s production plants are based on asustainable model which enables it to produce top-quality glass products with motivated employees, as well asreducing its environmental impact despite a steady increase in capacity. Steklarna Hrastnik employs a workforce ofaround 700, generated annual revenue of 57.6 million Euro in 2017 and exports 97% of its production to 55 countiesaround the world.

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