Germany and France are important partners in the area of digitisation. The German Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the French Alliance Industrie du Futur wish to continue improving the competitive strength of the manufacturing industries. To help themselves do so, they have developed a joint action plan.
This cooperation is closely connected with other activities right across Europe and focuses mainly on the following issues: application scenarios and example applications, technology and test infrastructure, standardisation, education, and changes in competence requirements and the organisation of work.
The foundation stone for the collaboration of these two initiatives was laid in October 2015 at a conference on digitisation in Paris, the 'Conférence Numérique', also attended by high-ranking officials in the person of the then President Hollande, Federal Chancellor Merkel, the former Ministers for Economic Affairs Macron and Gabriel and the President of the European Commission Juncker.
Subsequently, the action plan for future cooperation in the field of digitization, which was published in April 2016, was developed in several meetings. A first result: the exchange of application examples. In 2017, a "Joint Working Program 2017 for Convergence in Standardization" was published by German and French experts. Since 2018, cooperation with France has been part of the and involving Italy.