Digital Transformation is Built Upon Data: An Interview with Willem Sundblad of Oden Technologies

At North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit 2019 last month in Chicago we had a chance to speak with Willem Sundblad, the founder and CEO of Oden Technologies, an Industrial Internet of Things company offering wireless and cloud-based tools for manufacturers to analyze and optimize production.

Willem studied Industrial Engineering specialized in production at Lund University and Ecole Centrale Paris. Most recently, Willem was named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe for his work in transforming the manufacturing industry and is a contributor for, where he writes on the future of manufacturing. Willem is also the 2018 winner of the Anders Wall Award for Exceptional Entrepreneurship.

In this interview, Willem shares some of his thoughts on the manufacturing sector’s digital transformation into Industry 4.0, and the crucial role data plays in making these new abilities possible.

Oden Technologies is the intelligent industrial automation company empowering manufacturers to achieve perfect production by providing complete visibility into all the production processes in real-time. The Oden platform wirelessly collects data from any machine, integrates it with third party systems and delivers instantaneous insights leading to effective quality control, timely maintenance and lower machine downtimes, optimized operations and higher customer satisfaction. Oden investors include Atomico, EQT Ventures, Inbox Capital and LocalGlobe.