92% say digital twins help create more
sustainable products and processes
TROY, Mich., May 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair (Nasdaq:
ALTR), a global leader in computational science and artificial
intelligence (AI), released results from an independent survey that
reveals a high adoption of digital twin technology in the
automotive industry and its expected growth as a means of achieving
sustainability objectives. The global survey of more than 2,000
professionals throughout several industries and across 10 countries
gauged digital twin technology adoption and assessed how
organizations are utilizing it, its business benefits, and impact
on sustainability initiatives.
"Between consumer demand, government expectations, and global
emissions targets, the race is on for automakers to keep EV
production on track," said Dr. Royston
Jones, senior vice president of automotive, Altair. "This
report's findings show the importance of digital twin technology in
achieving those goals. While many have already adopted this
technology into their processes, there is still tremendous room for
education on the benefits that will lead to a rapid expansion of
its use across the industry and beyond."
The survey's data suggests that among all 11 industries
surveyed, the automotive industry is the second leading adopter of
digital twin technology behind only the heavy equipment sector.
Yet, while 76% of automotive respondents said their companies have
already adopted digital twin technology, automotive users appear to
be at the early stages of adoption and are curious about its
benefits and use cases. Just 35% of respondents consider themselves
to be "highly knowledgeable about digital twin solutions," the
second lowest percentage out of all industries surveyed.
Crucially, nearly all (92%) automotive respondents who report
using digital twin technology said it has helped them create more
sustainable products and processes – and automotive was the most
likely sector (63%) to be using digital twin technologies to reach
sustainability objectives. Digital twin solutions reduce material
waste by allowing engineers to run simulations during the design
process and test functions before going to prototype, which reduces
the number of physical prototypes needed.
The shift to electric vehicles (EVs), which will be a major
aspect of the fight to mitigate climate change and reduce carbon
emissions, is driving the automotive industry's rapid
transformation. Consumer interest and demand for EVs is growing,
while the U.S. government is enacting stricter regulations to
incentivize automakers to move away from traditional internal
combustion engine vehicles. Digital twin technology can help the
automotive industry bring more EVs to market faster at affordable
More key findings from the survey include:
- Cost reduction and better products: Nearly all
respondents (97%) said digital twin solutions better inform the
development of new products.
- Importantly, 70% of those who are using digital twin solutions
reported it has significantly reduced maintenance and warranty
- The automotive industry was the most likely to predict that
digital twin solutions will improve the quality of products
produced in the future (50%).
- 38% of automotive respondents said they believe digital twin
technology will make physical prototyping obsolete within the next
four years or sooner.
- Sustainable impact: An impressive 92% of
automotive respondents said that digital twin technology has helped
their organizations create more sustainable products and
- 63% are using digital twin solutions to reach their
sustainability objectives, and find it makes their products and
services easier to refurbish and/or reuse (51%).
- 78% of respondents said the technology helps their organization
by generating energy savings and/or enabling the efficient use of
- Desire for more education and adoption: While the
data shows that digital twin technology is widely adopted within
the automotive industry, there is also room for growth and a desire
for more education.
- Of respondents whose organizations don't currently use digital
twin solutions, 22% expect they will do so in the next six months
or less and 33% expect it in a year or more.
- 92% of non-senior leadership employees said they thought their
leadership would be more likely to invest in digital twin
technology if they better understood its benefits.
To learn more about the survey methodology and to access the
full report, click here to read 2023 Global Digital Twin Survey
Report Vertical Breakdown: Automotive. And to learn more about
Altair's digital twin solutions, visit
Altair is a global leader in
computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that
provides software and cloud solutions in simulation,
high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair
enables organizations across all industries to compete more
effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly
connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable
future. For more information,
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