Enabling SME to share production capacity across industry sectors using digital platforms

Theme Industry 4.0, Production planning
Project title Enabling SME to share production capacity across industry sectors using digital platforms (KapShare)
Project duration 01.12.2019 – 31.08.2021
Press release

A volatile, non-transparent market environment leads to load fluctuations in production capacity in the manufacturing sector, which are reflected in the over- or under-utilisation of machinery. According to studies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) expect increasing volatility, which is accompanied by an increase in the frequency of market and economic cycles. Due to their size, SMEs can hardly cope with these fluctuations.

The KapShare research projects aim is to compensate the capacity fluctuations in the manufacturing sector. To this end, SMEs should be enabled to exchange production capacities across industry sectors ("capacity sharing"). This will be done by using a digital platform that will enable companies to offer machine hours on the market (in case of under-utilisation of machines) and to purchase them when needed (in case of over-utilisation of machines or lack of specialisation of own machines).

Publications about the project

Development of a methodologically procedure to enable companies to trade their free or required capacities by using a digital platform. The cross-sectoral digitalization of the economy not only leads to the creation of innovative products and services, but also to a change in existing market logics. Digital platforms are increasingly being regarded as growth and innovation drivers of digital change [2]. By linking the sharing economy in form of capacity sharing with digital platforms, companies can sell or purchase their free or required capacities across companies and thus counteract negative consequences of under- or overloading (such as short-time work or overtime).

capacity sharing


The IGF project 20801 N of the research association BVL was funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in the programme of Industrial Collective Research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.


Your contact person

Maren Müller

Manager logistics department industry