Recommendations for implementing the strategic initiative INDUSTRIE 4.0. Final report of the Industrie 4.0 Working Group
Germany has one of the most competitive manufacturing industries in the world and is a global leader in the manufacturing equipment sector. This is in no small measure due to Germany’s specialisation in research, development and production of innovative manufacturing technologies and the management of complex industrial processes. Germany’s strong machinery and plant manufacturing industry, its globally significant level of IT competences and its know-how in embedded systems and automation engineering mean that it is extremely well placed to develop its position as a leader in the manufacturing engineering industry. Germany is thus uniquely positioned to tap into the potential of a new type of industrialisation: Industrie 4.0. In October 2012 the Industrie 4.0 Working group identified and presented the main medium- and long-term research requirements and actions. The comprehensive collection of consolidated recommendations are presented in the following final report.