Digitalization and interconnection are the defining innovation pools in the spring of 2017. Being that each investment has to be financed, new means of financing are profoundly exciting too. What’s hot in the spring of 2017 for kitchen technology?
By Dieter Mailander
In recent years, many product developers of commercial kitchen technology have made their equipment and systems more flexible and more adaptable, have reduced consumption figures, and have facilitated their servicing. Today, new focal points are pushing themselves to the forefront, like for instance: digitalization, interconnection, or financing.
Financing & Kitchen Technology
Perhaps at first glance, the innovative connection between financing and kitchen technology doesn’t seem to be evident. But it quickly becomes very clear if one, for instance, considers the situation of hospitals in nine European countries.[i] In six of them, between 22% and 53% of the clinics operate at a high financial risk (only in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland is the situation of less concern). In high risk clinics, the investment backlog has built up. Badly-needed investments have also been stopped due to lack of budgets. The people responsible kitchens are also looking for cost-neutral alternatives in order to replace their old equipment. Their operating costs surpass far above those of modern equipment. Furthermore, the costs due to repairs are rising. At least in Germany, the situation in senior citizens’ homes is often similar.[...