Event - Industrie 4.0

The Economic Affairs Ministry at Hannover Messe 2018


  • 23/04/2018 - 27/04/2018

  • Exhibition Grounds Hanover

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is once again participating at Hannover Messe this year. This year’s motto of the world’s leading industrial trade fair is “Integrated Industry - Connect & Collaborate”.

The focus of the five trade shows operating under the Hannover Messe umbrella is on the Digital Factory/smart networking, integrated automation (IAMD), energy, industrial supply, lightweight construction, and on research and technology transfer.

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

The focus of the Economic Affairs Ministry at Hannover Messe 2018

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 Economic Affairs 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.

We will be covering the entire range, from innovation to energy and smart services, and shipbuilding will also be featured. Find out about new technologies and learn interactively about the various products.

You can also find out more about:

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, the 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 Economic Affairs Ministry’s “High-tech Strategy” and consists of 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. The go-cluster programme currently brings together 90 innovation clusters from right across Germany. These clusters are pioneers of innovation and reflect the breadth of technological expertise to be found in Germany.

The cleanest and cheapest kilowatt-hour is one that does not have to be produced 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 has launched the “Deutschland macht’s effizient” (Germany makes it efficient) information. The information is aimed equally at private consumers, businesses and public-sector institutions. These target groups are to be encouraged to invest in the energy management of companies, the optimisation of processes and equipment, and the retrofitting of buildings.

This service offers information and specific solutions to financing your commercial activities. Most of the information is about public financing services and funding programmes.

It helps people find funding programmes for new start-ups and companies already on the market, offering advice on procedures, contact points and the terms of funding programmes, on problems relating to the funding of start-ups and other investments, and on how to prepare for the meeting with the bank.

The Federal Government’s funding advisory service is the first point of contact for all matters related to the funding of research and innovation. It informs potential applicants about the Federation’s research structure, the funding programmes and their contact points, and about the latest funding priorities and initiatives. In particular, companies engaged in research can contact the piloting service for companies offered by the funding advisory service.

The ERP Digitalisation and Innovation Loan enables innovative, established companies in trade and industry in Germany to access finance for projects in Germany at attractive interest rates. The funding goes both towards the need for finance relating to a digitalisation and innovation project, and towards the entire funding needs of innovative companies.

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 DPMA’s cooperation at European and international level.

(Maritime research programme and real-time maritime security technology)
Interactive information is provided about the new funding programme and current research projects.

A wide-ranging programme of performances, additional stands like that of Plattform Industrie 4.0, which is funded by the Economic Affairs Ministry, and other events round off the programme:

Leaders’ Dialogue of Plattform Industrie 4.0 on 24 April 2018

Industrie 4.0 is transforming work and business concepts. In addition to new approaches to cooperation, transferring knowledge and developing skills, we need a fundamental rethink of traditional business models, fields of business, and policies affecting business.

This year’s Leaders’ Dialogue of Plattform Industrie 4.0 is focused on current issues relating to the topics of the future of work, education, and new business models in the Industrie 4.0 world. The international dialogue will see high-level representatives from government, business and trade unions discuss these and other questions. The Leaders’ Dialogue is taking place on the trade fair site on 24 April 2018.

Mexico as partner country

Mexico is this year’s partner country. Germany has a long tradition of intensive partnership with Mexico, and the country is a key economic partner in Spanish-speaking Latin America. In the last few years, German companies have continuously expanded their activities in Mexico, and more than 1,900 German firms are currently active in Mexico.

Mexico is an important economic partner in Latin America (ranking second behind Brazil). Germany is Mexico’s leading trading partner in the EU, and the leading sectors in our bilateral trade are the automotive sector, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronics.

Intensive work is being done to maintain our bilateral relations

One example of this is the German-Mexican Energy Partnership, which was launched in April 2016. Germany and Mexico are among the top countries in the world driving the global energy transition.

The German-Mexican Binational Commission was set up in 2015 to work on policy, development, the environment and the climate, science, research and innovation, commerce and energy, and culture and education.

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

23 - 27 April 2018

Hall 2, Messegelände, 30521 Hannover

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