Transatlantic Cluster Initiative

Roadshow on Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the digitization of the manufacturing sector, where big data, advanced analytics and the IoT are being leveraged, to make productions smarter, faster, create better profit margins, and give companies a competitive advantage.

Industry 4.0 is bound to change manufacturing significantly. Germany has a pioneering role globally in the realm of digitization and the term Industry 4.0 is ubiquitous. 

In the US however, it is a fairly new concept for the technology and manufacturing industries. Issued by Automation Alley in 2017, only a quarter (27%) of manufacturing executives and 32% of executives in the tech space know the term Industry 4.0. 85.4% want to invest in technological processes to increase productivity and decrease cost. Production is the most important field for investment in technological innovation with 73.2%, followed by R&D with 54.9%.

Top technologies for investments are the cloud, cyber security and big data, as well as the analytics thereof.

To build on these developments, GACC Midwest organizes a roadshow on the topic of Industry 4.0 on February 26 to March 2, 2018 in the US.

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 in Cleveland, OH
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Troy, MI
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Chicago, IL

The roadshow provides Industry 4.0 stakeholders the chance to discuss

  • Augmented Reality
  • Automation
  • Micro Systems
  • International Collaboration Opportunities

Delegation Trip to Germany

The roadshow is followed by a cluster delegation trip to Germany on May 14-18, 2018.15 US-participants will have ample opportunity to visit and speak with German Industry 4.0 key players from business and research institutions as well as interact with leading industry associations and clusters. Last but not least, participants will be able to enjoy German culture and hospitality.

For more details, please contact Jessica Ferklass.

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Jessica Ferklass

Manager, Consulting Services


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