Cover of the publication Industrie 4.0 and Digital Economy


The federal minister for economic affairs and energy, Sigmar Gabriel, published a discussion paper today entitled “Industrie 4.0 and the digital economy: Stimuli for growth, employment and innovation” (PDF: 830 KB). To mark the launch of the platforms “Industrie 4.0” and “Innovative Digitisation of the Economy”, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has released a discussion paper that outlines trends, measures and initiatives for the digital transformation of the economy and society.

Federal Minister Gabriel said: “The digital transformation is one of the key organisational tasks for the coming years. Important foundations are being laid today for the race for the products and markets of tomorrow. Our goal is to establish Germany as digital growth country no. 1 in Europe and play a leading role in the consistent, trust-worthy and secure digitisation of economies, lives and workplaces. Through the priority measures laid out in the discussion paper, we want to contribute to the successful metamorphosis of the German economy and shape the digital transformation – for our economy, but also for societal challenges such as the Energiewende, demographic trends, and good work and mobility in the future.”

The discussion paper highlights trends, changes and key issues arising from the digital transformation of the economy and society. It is also intended to provide im-petus for discussions at the National IT Summit platforms. The paper also describes the ministry’s initiatives and measures to support and enable the digital transformation. These include, firstly, technology programmes such as “Autonomik 4.0” and “Smart Service World”; secondly, specific initiatives for small and medium-sized enterprises such as “SME Digital”; and thirdly, regulatory initiatives at the national and European level.

The platforms “Industrie 4.0” and “Innovative Digitisation of the Economy” are part of the National IT Summit working structure. They are central pillars in the BMWi’s Digital Agenda implementation strategy.

The discussion paper can be found here (PDF: 830 KB). [only in German]

Press release published by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)