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PD Dr. Pfirrmann Oliver

PD Dr.
Oliver Pfirrmann

Projects, Technology Programme
acatech Berlin

T: +49 (0)30/2 06 30 96-21

Symposium "Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics and Urban Development – The Case of Indian Metropolitan Areas"

Advanced manufacturing is a topic of high international relevance. It is currently intensively discussed both in academic literature, and in practice within the framework of what is called the 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). It depends to a high degree on the availability of adequate digital infrastructure and well‐functioning logistics systems, and it has a number of repercussions on cities and regions.

Taking this into consideration, it is surprising that there has not been much work done yet regarding the interrelations between advanced manufacturing and urban development. With the project on "Advanced Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 and Urban Development – Connected, sustainable and urban economic activities in the industrial sector in the context of local, regional and global ICT‐based value and logistic chains using the example of selected Indian metropolises", the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and its partner, the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) are therefore stepping into a new field of academic and practical interest.

The project was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and sponsored by its executive agency for international technical development cooperation GIZ.

The objective of the project was the identification of potential future courses of action of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) regarding ICT‐ and technology‐driven industrial urban production and logistics in the context of urban development. Special attention was given to

  • Integrated Manufacturing, i.e. capabilities and requirements for the integration of local industries into global production networks, and
  • local manufacturing of components (e.g. electronics, automotive, plant construction).

Within the framework of the project six expert studies were conducted. Two studies each focused on advanced manufacturing, logistics and urban development. One of the studies in each field dealt with general issues and the other one reflected the specific Indian context.

The results of the studies are presented during the symposium. I hope that they nurture fruitful discussions and that they lead to valuable conclusions for research and practice of scientific collaboration and international development cooperation.

The main target groups of the project are BMZ and GIZ. Recommendations are addressed to them as agents of German state‐sponsored developmental cooperation. However, it is my wish that they will also fertilize the future collaboration between the two academies, acatech and INAE.


Program / Booklet (PDF-Download)

Presentations 3 September 2014

Presentation Klocke (PDF Download)

Presentation Tiwari (PDF Download)

Presentation Hegmanns (PDF Download)

Presentation Viswanadham (PDF Download)

Presentations 4 September 2014

Presentation Sitharam (PDF Download)

Presentation Mueller (PDF Download)

Presentation GITA (PDF Download)