The digitalisation of industry as a global phenomenon

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Digitalisation as a global challenge

The search for new industry standards for the networked manufacturing of tomorrow extends beyond the German debate and European dialogues. Many industrial regions around the world are facing similar challenges in the implementation of digitised industrial processes. We can and wish to learn from one other when it comes to developing digital solutions. Plattform Industrie 4.0 aims to promote international dialogue and to help countries learn from one another. Germany has also put digitalisation – the fourth industrial revolution – on the agenda for its presidency of the G20. By doing so, it has given the world’s 20 largest industrial nations the opportunity to discuss this issue together.

International benchmarks and regional hubs

The study entitled ‘Industrie 4.0 – International benchmarks, options for the future and recommendations for action regarding manufacturing research in 2016’ shows in what countries Industrie 4.0 technologies are already being used today. Best practice examples include Sweden, where the working culture is already very progressive and where organisational structures are quite flexible. Taiwan is introducing products faster than most other countries and Italy has one of the most high-performance industrial structures. In the study, researchers analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a wide range of different countries, showing where regional hubs are emerging and what Germany can learn from international developments. You can find the full study here.

Focuses of selected countries and regions in the context of Industrie 4.0
© Heinz Nixdorf Institut, Universität Paderborn / Werkzeugmaschinenlabor WZL RWTH Aachen / acatech: "Industrie 4.0: International Benchmark, Options for the Future and Recommendations for Manufacturing Research"

Plattform Industrie 4.0 pushes for more international cooperation

In the last few months, Plattform Industrie 4.0 has undertaken a number of important steps, paving the way for engaging in dialogue with international initiatives and for doing so in a systematic manner. Among the first important cooperation partners that have been secured are the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), Japan’s Robot Revolution Initiative and France’s Alliance Industrie du Futur. Further information about the cooperation projects can be found here.