Event - Industrie 4.0

CANCELLED - The Economic Affairs Ministry at Hannover Messe 2020


  • 13/07/2020 - 17/07/2020

  • Exhibition Grounds Hannover

Keyvisual The Economic Affairs Ministry at Hannover Messe 2020

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HANNOVER MESSE 2020 will not take place

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is once again participating at Hannover Messe this year. The 2020 motto of the world’s leading industrial trade fair is ‘Industrial Transformation’.

At its stand, the Ministry will again be presenting a wide range of products and projects, and its comprehensive advisory services about the Ministry’s various funding programmes and initiatives.

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

SMEs and industry are important driving forces for 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, showcasing projects which have been assisted by various programmes and initiatives run by the Ministry. The booth is divided into the following areas: driver of innovation – think tank – production line – marketplace. In each, it displays projects at different stages of development which are inspired by ‘turning ideas into innovations’. Join us on a journey from the initial idea through to the market success of the mature product.

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 specific projects. The Ministry’s advisory service on start-ups and government funding provides information about support mechanisms available to prospective 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 the skills shortage. Find out, for example, how the Skilled Immigration Act can help you in your search for qualified professionals.

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, see prototypes and models that are currently being tested, be introduced to new innovations, and find out 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 batteries. More specifically, this includes how to program humanoid robots, digitise manufacturing processes, and take advantage of digital connectivity.

Advisory services in detail

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 Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has set up the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) 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 Digital Hub Initiative is to help transform Germany to become the world’s leading location for digital innovation. It is therefore supporting the establishment and networking of 12 digital hubs, each covering a specific field. Under the ‘de:hub’ brand, a unique, innovative network is being created that brings together start-ups, established companies, research institutes and experts.
The digital hubs focus on developing specific plans for addressing the challenges linked to the digital transformation so as to encourage start-ups and investors from abroad to come to Germany.

The new ‘Digital Now – Promoting Investment by SMEs’ investment grant helps SMEs and skilled craft enterprises in two modules: firstly, with investments in digital technologies, particularly hardware and software, and, secondly, with investments in staff training on digital issues. Companies need to present a digitisation plan to obtain funding in one or both modules. This plan describes the current situation, the envisaged digitisation project and the anticipated improvements.

The programme aims to encourage the digitisation of business processes and to make new business models subjectively accessible to SMEs. The intention is to boost the companies’ competitiveness and innovative capacities. Also, staff are to be equipped with skills so that they can identify and assess the opportunities of digitisation, and initiate new investments in the company.

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’ (in German), ‘Electrically Mobile’, ‘Clean Air’, ‘ELECTRIC POWER II’ and ‘ATEM’ which are dedicated both to electric mobility applications and processes and to the establishment and integration into the grid of charging infrastructure. The purpose of these programmes is to strengthen value chains and create environmental benefits. Funding is provided for scalable manufacturing processes, improvements 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 vehicle technology, new platforms, and new fleet and logistics designs.

Further to this, three of the six agencies of the Economic Affairs Ministry will be at the booth: the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Raw Materials (BGR), the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). These three agencies will be demonstrating their roles in complex processes, for instance mining processes required in order for electric mobility to be able to take off.

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 institutions 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 kicks in at the pre-start-up phase and comprises three funding lines: ‘EXIST Start-up Culture’ (including the ‘EXIST Potential’ funding scheme), ‘EXIST Research Transfer’ and ‘EXIST Start-up Grant’.

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 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, cooperation at European and international level is becoming increasingly important to the DPMA.

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 will provide information and advice on the funding programmes available, on how to access the funding, and on how to start up and manage a business.

As part of its ‘IT Security in the Business Sector’ initiative, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy constantly develops new and specific measures that help raise awareness of IT security among businesses, particularly SMEs. The joint initiative with the business community was launched in 2011 and is part of the German Government’s Digital Agenda. The initiative pools the existing activities of neutral IT security initiatives which are not related to any specific manufacturer under one umbrella, and draws up specific measures to support German SMEs. The Economic Affairs Ministry’s initiative funds specific projects to support IT security for SMEs.

The ‘INVEST’ programme brings start-ups together with private investors who believe in bold, new ideas. The funding programme helps mobilise more private venture capital from business angels, making it easier for start-ups to find an investor.

The Federal Government’s website make-it-in-germany.com, which is run by the Economic Affairs Ministry, provides foreign qualified professionals and potential employers in Germany with comprehensive information about legal immigration for work in Germany.

Also, the Skilled Immigration Act entered into force on 1 March 2020. The website brings together all the information from the Federal Government and its partners abroad.

The funding made available to promote digitisation in SMEs (‘Mittelstand-Digital’ programme) is designed to help SMEs recognise 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 and support on how to do this. All these measures have been developed with a view to supporting SMEs and skilled crafts companies as they embrace the digital transformation.

The programmes cover all industries and topics; funding is provided for practice-oriented projects undertaken by research facilities and institutes which benefit SMEs. The Industrial Collective Research programme (‘IGF’) helps SMEs gain better access to practice-oriented research. SMEs can submit projects and are involved in the work on and management of the research projects.

The Innovation Skills programme (‘INNO-KOM’) provides funding for innovative, high-risk technology research projects undertaken by non-profit external research institutes based in structurally weak regions. Funding is available for market-oriented R&D projects, preparatory research, and investment projects that aim at improving the scientific and technical infrastructure.

SMEs can use the project outcomes to design new products, processes and services.

The need for skilled labour can be met by advising and helping companies to fill trainee positions and to integrate refugees into the business. A set of nationwide, low-threshold advisory and support services provides companies with expert guidance on how to successfully fill job and trainee vacancies with candidates from various backgrounds.

The development of digital technologies is advancing at high speed around the world. It is entailing a rapid transformation of business and society, fundamentally changing the way we live, work and communicate. More and more data are being generated by consumers and appliances which can be automatically analysed, processed to form smart data, and combined. Combining these data makes it possible to develop a new type of services, namely smart services.

The Economic Affairs Ministry aims to use the Smart Service World and Smart Service World II programmes to help the German business community to grasp digitisation as an opportunity and to use it creatively.

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

Leaders’ Dialogue of Plattform Industrie 4.0 on 21 April 2020 (will be postponed)

Digital networks are driving forward the development of global digital ecosystems at a relentless pace. At the same time, global trade relations are being called into question by those enacting protectionist regulation and national trade strategies. It is indispensable for the industrial sector to position itself 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, interoperability and sustainability.

For this reason, this year’s Leaders’ Dialogue will focus on a discussion about the implementation of the 2030 Vision for Industrie 4.0 presented by Plattform Industrie 4.0 last year. High-ranking international experts from government, industry and society will be discussing contentious aspects and potential solutions. Also, there will be a discussion of the GAIA-X project – a European data infrastructure for the next generation.

The Leaders’ Dialogue is taking place on 21 April 2020 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon in the Convention Center (Room 1).

Second Lightweighting Summit on 21 April 2020

Lightweighting is one of the key enabling technologies of the 21st century. This is because it stands for a simple principle: less weight, less energy and emissions, and enhanced functionality. Beyond this, lightweighting is a strong driver of innovation that has the potential to dramatically improve resource efficiency and energy efficiency levels. This is equally important for the environment, our climate and the competitiveness of German companies. For all of these reasons, lightweighting will have a key role to play in tackling global challenges.

In order to give a platform to the versatility of lightweighting, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is holding the second Lightweighting Summit in an international forum on 21 April 2020 from 2 - 5 p.m. at Hannover Messe. Issues to be covered at this top-level international forum with policymakers, business representatives and researchers will be the importance of lightweighting, the competition situation in different countries, and improved European networking in the field of lightweighting.

Our booth will also include a project from this field.

Young, innovative companies

The Ministry has dedicated funding guidelines for supporting the participation of young, innovative companies in trade shows and fairs. These companies have their own stands in Hall 17 (Digital Eco Systems).

Indonesia – the partner country

Each year, the world’s leading industrial trade fair focuses on a specific country. In 2020, it is Indonesia. This resource-rich country is easily the largest economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Germany Trade and Invest offers more information about Indonesia here (in German).

On 22 April 2020 (MEETING will be postponed), Indonesia will be part of 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.