Event - Industrie 4.0

The Economic Affairs Ministry at Hannover Messe 2019


  • 01/04/2019 - 05/04/2019

  • Exhibition Grounds Hannover

Keyvisual Hannover Messe

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The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is once again participating at Hannover Messe this year. The 2019 motto of the world’s leading industrial trade fair is “Integrated Industry - Industrial Intelligence”. This year, the focus will be on trends that have already entered into nearly all aspects of our lives and that are set to become even more important, namely artificial intelligence and machine learning.

At its stand, the Ministry will be presenting a wide range of products and projects, and its comprehensive advisory services.

The Ministry’s motto this year is “turning ideas into innovations”

SMEs and industrial companies are essential drivers of growth and jobs in Germany. It is therefore very important to safeguard their capacity to innovate. The Ministry supports the development of innovative capacities and the commercial use of research findings via technology transfer, initiatives, funding programmes and networks. Numerous companies and institutions will be participating at the stand, presenting projects which have been assisted by various programmes and initiatives run by the Ministry.

At the Ministry’s stand, you will be able to see projects at various stages of the transition from ‘idea to innovation’. The stand itself is divided into sections, each of which reflects one of these stages: driver of innovation – think tank – production line – marketplace.

Join us on a journey from the initial idea to the market.

The section entitled ‘driver of innovation’ presents information about the many different funding instruments provided by the Ministry. These instruments are tailored to the various needs of different projects. The Ministry and the Federation provide information (in German) about support mechanisms that are available to prospective startup entrepreneurs. This support can take the form of funding and/or of access to numerous networks. Beyond this, there is also expert advice available on how to tackle challenges such as digitisation, electric mobility or energy efficiency.

The ‘think tank’, the ‘production line’ and the ‘marketplace’ are where the various projects are being showcased. Depending on how advanced the projects are in the process of realisation, you will learn about the basic ideas underpinning them, prototypes and models that are currently being tested, new innovations, and information about advances achieved and progress made towards market entry. Many of the projects presenting themselves at the stand are linked to artificial intelligence, digitisation, Industrie 4.0, electric mobility and energy. More specifically, this includes how to program humanoid robots, digitise manufacturing processes, use electric mobility and provide smart services.

More detailed information about our advisory services

The section entitled ‘driver of innovation’ has been designed by the Ministry as a tool for encouraging innovation in business. Follow the link to learn more :

The funding made available to promote digitisation in SMEs (‘Mittelstand-Digital’ programme) is aimed at SMEs and is designed to help them harness the potential of digitisation by developing outstanding, cost-effective (pilot) solutions that are easy to emulate. A system of transfer partners and multipliers has been set up to encourage as many SMEs as possible to take up these solutions. Financing is available for awareness-raising campaigns and for the process of transferring expertise on how to digitise manufacturing and corporate processes as well as supply chain management. Companies wishing to introduce eBusiness and develop new business models will also find advice on how to do this. All of the above action has been developed with a view to supporting SMEs and skilled crafts companies as they embrace the digital transformation.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has set up the Central Innovation Programme to foster market-driven technology-based R&D work within German SMEs.

Under ZIM, which is the Ministry’s largest funding programme, companies and the research institutes they work with can be awarded grants for ambitious R&D projects. Funding is not restricted to any particular field of technology.

The Economic Affairs Ministry’s “EXIST” programme promotes measures to instil a culture of self-employment and to boost the spirit of entrepreneurship at higher education and non-university research establishments. Students, graduates and scientists are to be made aware of the possibilities of starting up in business, encouraged to go for it, and equipped with the skills they need. The EXIST programme forms part of the Ministry’s ‘High-tech Strategy’ and rests on three pillars: ‘EXIST Start-up Culture’, ‘EXIST Research Transfer’ and ‘EXIST Start-up Grant’.

The go-cluster programme is the Economic Affairs Ministry’s initiative for cluster policy excellence, and helps cluster management organisations to develop their innovation clusters. So far, almost 90 innovation clusters from right across Germany have joined go-cluster. These clusters are pioneers of innovation and reflect the breadth of technological expertise to be found in Germany.

The best way to be energy efficient is to reduce the amount of energy that has to be generated in the first place. So the energy transition will only succeed if all of us work together to improve energy efficiency. For this reason, the Economic Affairs Ministry is continuing its ‘Germany makes it efficient’ (in German) campaign, which is aimed equally at private consumers, businesses and public-sector institutions. All three target groups are being encouraged to invest in the energy management of companies, the optimisation of processes and equipment, and the retrofitting of buildings.

Whether you are just starting out, growing, innovating, boosting your energy efficiency or going international – the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has a wide range of instruments to support your business, and particularly SMEs. These instruments come in the form of grants, guarantees, equity and low-interest loans. Our experts provide information and advice on the funding programmes that are available, on how to access the funding, and on how to startup and manage a business.

The Federal Government’s funding advisory service is the first point of contact for all matters related to the funding of research and innovation. Potential applicants will find information about the Federation’s research structure, the funding programmes and their contact points, and about the latest funding priorities and initiatives. Companies engaged in research can contact the guidance and assistance service for companies offered as part of the Federation’s funding advisory service.

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office is the centre of excellence for all commercial intellectual property rights – patents, utility models, brands and designs – and thus symbolises the future of ‘inventions made in Germany’ in a globalised economy.

In view of the growing significance of the Single Market in the EU, and of the rise in trade with countries outside the EU, an increasingly important role is being played by the DPMAe’s cooperation at European and international level.

The Ministry is supporting almost 40 projects under its ‘Smart Services World I’ and ‘Smart Services World II’ programmes, which are designed to create new use cases for smart services. The ‘Smart Services World I’ programme is about testing highly promising digital technologies to facilitate the their uptake by industry. The programme is designed around the notion of having specific examples illustrating the benefits of the digital transformation to business and society at large. It is also to improve the framework for the digital transformation and to encourage more companies to embrace this development and profit from it.

The ‘Smart Services World II’ programme is based upon the outcomes of its predecessor and also seeks to give rise to new smart services. It focuses on fields of applications that have so far been neglected and on projects designed to bring the digital transformation to rural areas and small towns.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is providing funding for R&D work on all aspects of electric mobility, including drive technology, battery research, standardisation, the value chain, grid integration, charging stations that use smart metering technology, and infrastructure.

The Ministry also has separate technology programmes called ‘ICT for Electric Mobility III’ and ‘Elektrically Mobile’ (in German), which are both dedicated to electric mobility applications and processes. The purpose of these programmes is to strengthen value chains and create environmental benefits. Funding is provided for scalable manufacturing processes, improvements made to charging infrastructure, and for holistic logistics strategies that incorporate the use of electric vehicles. This helps minimise the cost of grid expansion, helps optimise manufacturing and paves the way for new vehicles technology, new platforms, and new fleet and logistics designs.

Apart from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy itself, three of its six agencies are also represented at the Ministry’s stand:
the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Raw Materials (BGR), the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing(BAM), and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB).

They demonstrate their roles in complex processes, for instance mining processes required in order for electric mobility to be able to take off.

At the stand, you will also be able to enjoy a stage show and many other events, including:

Cluster Week from 2-11 April, with an official opening on 2 April at the Ministry’s stand

When people with different skills and different backgrounds work together, they often create something new. This is why clusters are drivers of innovation. They bring together companies, research organisations and other partners from different regions. This new and often unusual cooperation between various sectors and along the value chain paves the way for true leaps in innovation – even across disciplines and fields of technology. This is a type of innovation that makes Germany strong and competitive. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research want to make Germany’s many outstanding clusters known to a larger audience, which is why they have jointly taken on the role of patron for the 2019 Cluster Week.

For information about all the events scheduled by German cluster initiatives, go to www.clusterplattform.de.

And the Ministry is involved in even more activities at Hannover Messe:

Leaders’ Dialogue of ‘Plattform Industrie 4.0’ on 2 April 2019

Digital networks are diligently driving the formation of global industrial value chains forward. At the same time, global trade relations are being called into question by those enacting protectionist regulation and national trade strategies. It is indispensible for the industrial sector to position ifself clearly in this difficult field of global trade and economic mechanisms and to engage in frank and open dialogue on how to achieve digital sovereignty across borders and how to ensure cyber security and data protection.

For this reason, this year’s Leaders’ Dialogue will focus on a vision on Industrie 4.0. Righ-ranking international experts from government, industry and society will be discussing contentious aspects and potential solutions. The Leaders’ Dialogue is taking place in the exhibition grounds on 2 April 2019.

First Lightweighting Summit on 2 April 2019

Lightweighting is one of the key enabling technologies of the 21st century. It is guided by the principle of reducing weight, energy consumption and emissions. Beyond this, lightweighting is a strong driver of innovation that has the potential to dramatically improve resource efficiency and energy efficiency levels. This is important for the environment, our climate, and also for companies’ competitiveness. For all of these reasons, lightweighting will have a key role to play in tackling global challenges.

Lightweighting is a horizontal technology that is built upon close networking and cooperation between the various sectors involved and uses materials and technologies all along the value chain and for the entire lifecycle of each product. The first ever lightweighting summit to be held at Hannover Messe will take place on 2 April 2019 and highlight the versatility of this technology.

Young, innovative companies

The Ministry has dedicated funding guidelines (Link) for supporting participation of young, innovative companies in trade shows and fairs. These companies have their own stands in Halls 5-8 (Digital Factory – International Lead Show for Integrated Processes and IT Solutions).

This year’s partner country: Sweden

This year’s partner country for the Hannover Messe is a European economic powerhouse: Sweden. The fair will be a great opportunity for Germany and Sweden to showcase their very varied and dynamic economic relations and to further deepen them. The focus will be on networking, trade, investments, and our innovation partnership on mobility, testbeds, digitisation of SMEs and eHealth, which was formed in January 2017. The two countries have committed to closer cooperation in the fields of business and industry, government, and academia.

On 3 April 2019, Sweden will play an exclusive role in the ‘Forum’ (stage show) at the Ministry’s stand. Watch this space for more information.

Further information about the Hannover Messe trade fair can be found at www.hannovermesse.de.

1-5 April 2019

Hall 2, C28
Exhibition Grounds (Messegelände)
30521 Hanover

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