Transatlantic Cluster Initiative

Roadshow on Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the digitization of manufacturing, where big data, advanced analytics and the IoT are being leveraged to make production smarter, faster, more profitable, while growing competitive advantage.

Germany has a pioneering role globally in digitization and the term Industry 4.0 is well-known in German industry. 

In the US however, it is a fairly new concept for the technology and manufacturing industries. Automation Alley in 2017 reports that 85.4% of manufacturing executives want to invest in technological processes to increase productivity. Production is the most important field for investment in technological innovation at 73.2%, followed by R&D at 54.9%.

To build on this, GACC Midwest has organized a roadshow on the topic of Industry 4.0 from February 26 to March 2, 2018 in the US.

Dates & Venues

Monday, February 26, 2018 - Cleveland, OH             



Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Rd,
Cleveland, OH 44128


Team NEO "Smart Devices"
Cluster Meeting & Networking Reception


12:30pm - 5:30pm EST

Event Agenda

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - Troy, MI 


Automation Alley
Woodward Auditorium
2675 Bellingham Dr.
Troy, MI 48083




8:00am - 12:00pm EST

Event Agenda

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - Chicago, IL


965 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642       


Networking Reception


5:30pm - 7:30pm CST

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.

US Partners

German Partners





Jessica Ferklass

Manager, Consulting Services


+1 (312) 585-8344
+1 (312) 644-0738
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