Thomas Krüger is a member of Boston Consulting Group’s Operations practice. He is an expert in manufacturing and digitization with a strong focus on Industry 4.0, and strong topical expertise in additive manufacturing.
In his work with clients, Thomas concentrates on digitization in operations, new production technology, 3D printing/additive manufacturing, industrial IoT, digital business opportunities in machinery, and shopfloor optimization.
He has also worked with companies in various industries on lean implementation and operations improvements, as well as reorganization and turnaround, cost optimization, and international strategy.
Combining distributed and additive manufacturing mitigates supply chain risks by enabling fully digital interactions, better economics for producing small quantities, and flexible capacity.
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