Project leadership

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Kagermann Henning

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr.-Ing. E. h.
Henning Kagermann

acatech - National Academy of Science and Engineering


Dr. Winter Johannes

Johannes Winter

Head of Unit Technologies
acatech Munich

T: +49 (0)89/52 03 09-14


Dr. Werbik Alexander

Alexander Werbik

Scientific Officer
acatech Munich

T: +49 (0)89/52 03 09-59

Further Information

German project page

Executive Summary and Recommendations of the acatech POSITION Paper: Industrie 4.0, Urban Development and German International Development Cooperations

Industrie 4.0 Global

Project status:


Project period:

07/2015 to 11/2016

Background and Goals


Industrie 4.0 describes the transformation of “classic” industries by the Internet of things, data and services. Such real time integration of products, processes, and infrastructure marks the start of a fourth industrial revolution: supply, production, maintenance, delivery, and customer service are increasingly interconnected through the Internet. Rigid value chains turn into highly flexible value networks.


With a successful production sector, a strong demand for software solutions and know-how of key technologies, Germany could become a leading market for and supplier of Industrie 4.0 solutions. A set of international norms and standards for Industrie 4.0 is, however, prerequisite for such success. This project aims to identify areas for cooperation with international partners to realize synergies and competitive advantages. The project team will conduct expert surveys in Germany, Great Britain, China, Japan, South Korea, and the USA.


Project team

Project team

  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Henning Kagermann
    National Academy of Science and Engineering
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reiner Anderl
    Technical University of Darmstadt 
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Gausemeier
    University of Paderborn, Heinz Nixdorf Institute
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Günther Schuh
    Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of the RWTH Aachen University
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster
    German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Publications in English

Henning Kagermann, Reiner Anderl, Jürgen Gausemeier, Günther Schuh, Wolfgang Wahlster (Eds.)

Industrie 4.0 in a Global Context – Strategies for Cooperating with International Partners