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INDUSTRIE 4.0

Germany is the world’s leading Industrie 4.0 nation. Industrie 4.0 has become an international by-word for intelligent, networked production – with Germany consolidating its reputation as the world’s factory outfitter and a country capable of meeting the challenges of the digital age.

Find out how, why and how you can profit out of Industrie 4.0 made in Germany!

Why Germany is the place to be for Industrie 4.0

Germany has established itself as the world’s Industrie 4.0 hotspot, with “Industrie 4.0” likewise being firmly positioned as a strong international brand. Here is why Industrie 4.0 works best in Germany:

What exactly is Industrie 4.0? Industrie 4.0 refers to the intelligent networking of machines and processes for industry with the help of information and communication technology. Find out more about Industrie 4.0 made in Germany:


It started as a national strategic initiative from the German government through the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI). It aims to drive digital manufacturing forward by increasing digitisation and the interconnection of products, value chains and business models. It also aims to support research, the networking of industry partners and standardisation.

The world as we know and experience it today has been shaped by three major technological revolutions. The first Industrial Revolution, beginning in the UK at the tail end of the 18th century and ending in the mid-19th century, represented a radical shift away from an agrarian economy to one defined by the introduction of mechanical production methods.

The second period of radical transformation with the advent of industrial production and the birth of the factory at the start of the 20th century was no less precipitous; ushering in as it did an age of affordable consumer products for mass consumption.

In the late 1960s the use of electronics and IT in industrial processes opened the door to a new age of optimized and automated production.

The Internet of Things (IoT) can now be added to the historical list of forces (mechanization, electricity, and information technology) powering industrial change. The changes being wrought by Industrie 4.0 will see it become the global language of production. Industrie 4.0 promises to increase manufacturing productivity levels by up to 50 percent and likewise decreases the amount of resources required by half.

Germany’s position as an embedded embedded systems technology leader gives birth to enabling cyber-physical system (CPS) technologies which ingeniously marry the digital virtual world with the real world. Cyber-physical production systems (CPPS) made up of smart machines, logistics systems and production facilities allow peerless ICT-based integration for vertically integrated and networked manufacturing.

This brave new world of decentralized, autonomous real-time production being pioneered in Germany has its basis in two things:

  1. Germany’s continued role as one of the world’s most competitive and innovative manufacturing industry sectors.
  2. Germany’s technological leadership in industrial production research and development.

Germany has the ideal conditions to be a global leader in innovative, internet-based production technology and service provision. 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 any given Industrie 4.0 project. Joint efforts are the path to realize the opportunities for profitable growth in digital economy and to remain successful dealing with changing competitive dynamics. Government policy encourages companies to invest in new technologies to ensure they remain competitive in the future. Get more information about the R&D framework

Find out more about Industrie 4.0 and Germany and your chance to be a part of it. Download our latest publication Industrie 4.0 - Germany Market Report and Outlook for free!

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