INDUSTRIE 4.0 is the name given to the German strategic initiative to establish Germany as a lead market and provider of advanced manufacturing solutions.

    One of 10 “Future Projects” identified by the German government as part of its High-Tech Strategy 2020, the “INDUSTRIE 4.0” project represents a major opportunity for Germany to establish itself as an integrated industry lead market and provider.

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  • Expert Survey on INDUSTRIE 4.0

    We are currently in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution - or "INDUSTRIE 4.0" as it is being called. In the context of an online survey by Deutsche Messe Interactive in collaboration with Germany Trade & Invest 150 decision makers from international companies were asked about the role of INDUSTRIE 4.0.

    Expert Survey Industrie 4.0 | © 2015 Deutsche Messe Interactive

    “SMART SERVICE WORLD – Internet-based services for the economy” is the name given to the INDUSTRIE 4.0 successor “Future Project” identified in the High-Tech Strategy 2020.

    The digital transformation of the global economy is creating a major business economy paradigm shift that will see products and online services merge to become “smart services” in the new hybrid service economy.

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    The “Internet of Things” concerns itself with the next technological evolutionary step on the way to a smarter world.

    The Internet of Things refers to a world in which uniquely identifiable objects and devices communicate and interact with each other in an internet-like structure. Previously passive, non-interacting objects awake from their analogue slumbers to a world of seamless digital connectivity and interoperability; creating a global neural network in the “cloud.”

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  • GERMANY - Manufacturing and ICT Nation

    Germany enjoys an enviable position as it seeks to establish its role as lead market and provider of INDUSTRIE 4.0 and SMART SERVICE WORLD solutions.

    Technological leadership and vision in the fields of manufacturing, automation and software-based embedded systems, as well as historically strong industrial networks, lay the cornerstone for the long-term success of the INDUSTRIE 4.0 and SMART SERVICE WORLD projects.

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  • Automation Nation

    markets Germany - Issue 02/2015:

    Cover Story: Industrie 4.0: In the coming decade, the Internet will reach the factory floor, launching a fourth industrial revolution

    Business: The FDI study of Germany Trade & Invest is the first of its kind to look at the key factors that have led foreign companies to invest in Germany

    Industry: Consumer trends, location advantages and cutting-edge R&D make the food and beverage industry in Germany an exciting market

    cover markets Germany | © GTAI
  • Short-film on Industrie 4.0

    Germany Trade & Invest proudly presents its newest short film on Industry 4.0 - Germany's 4th industrial revolution. The film shows which aspects of industrial production are to be disrupted by digitisation, how Germany is promoting the Industrie 4.0 concept, and the opportunities and investment potential that could arise in the coming years.

    Video Industrie 4.0 | © GTAI
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Industrie 4.0 and the Smart Service World

The internet has ushered in a digital information age - changing forever the way we live, work and produce. High-speed networks, open architectures and intelligent infrastructures that "talk" to each other are creating levels of technological change not seen since the first Industrial Revolution.


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Perspectives on Industrie 4.0

Matthias Machnig, State Secretary  Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy | ©  Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy  

Matthias Machnig

State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Industrie 4.0 is of great importance for Germany. We want to build on our existing strengths as an industrialized nation. We want to show through practical examples that the digitization of production processes offers enormous opportunities for growth and employment. In this respect, it is important that industry and the digital economy create stronger links.

Dr. rer. nat. Volkmar Denner | © Robert Bosch GmbH  

Dr. rer. nat. Volkmar Denner

Chairman, Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH

Connectivity is an all-encompassing trend, one that will affect all walks of life. INDUSTRY 4.0 in particular offers Germany an opportunity to improve its competitiveness as an industrial location. A consistent user focus is crucial if connectivity is to succeed. Moreover, alliances involving different companies are an important driver of connected solutions. Joint projects need uniform standards and open platforms as a basis, since only then can fully compatible solutions deliver the greatest benefit for customers and consumers.

Dr. Peter Weckesser, CEO Customer Services DF&PD  | © Siemens AG Digital Factory Division  

Dr. Peter Weckesser

CEO Customer Services DF&PD, Siemens AG

On the way to Industrie 4.0 – Driving the Digital Enterprise: Various technologies like fast data acquisition, cloud, real time data analytics have reached a level of maturity and a cost position that they enable new business models providing additional value add to our customers.

Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann,  President | © acatech - DEUTSCHE AKADEMIE  DER TECHNIKWISSENSCHAFTEN  

Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann

President acatech - National Academy of Science and Engineering

We can neither stop digitisation, nor close our business models to it. However, we have the chance to shape the world of Industrie 4.0 and the connected smart services. Our market leaders should cooperate and build up the necessary know-how to develop consumer-focused smart services.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke, Initiator and Chairman SmartFactoryKL e.V.  | © SmartFactoryKL e.V.  

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke

Initiator and Chairman SmartFactoryKL e.V.

Industrie 4.0 needs Standards in order to enable manufacturer overreaching interoperability. In Germany, representing the actual Industrie 4.0 leadership, we need to commonly define such standards on all levels of interoperability. The SmartFactoryKL therefore goes ahead together with 16 important partners from Industry. The showcase, the partners and the SmartFactoryKL built is the worldwide first, manufacturer overreaching Industrie 4.0 demonstration plant and again gained excessive interest at this year’s Hannover’s fair.

 Wolfgang  Dorst, Head of Industry 4.0, BITKOM eV | © BITKOM eV  

Wolfgang Dorst

Head of Industry 4.0 BITKOM eV

The structure of the traditional core of German industry and its excellent international position will converge with the advent of internet technologies. ICT, automation and production technologies will be more intertwined than ever before as a result of Industrie 4.0.