The New ‘Industrie 4.0’ Competence Centres

As Germany continues to combine two of its main strategic pillars, Industrie 4.0 and the Mittelstand, a series of 11 new competence centres are being rolled out across Germany. Under the name of ‘Mittelstand 4.0 competence centres’ the most recently opened is in the East German town of Chemnitz.

The centre is funded by the Federal Government and run by a consortium of higher education and trade institutions under direction of Chemnitz polytechnical university, the centres support small-to-medium enterprises (SME) and trade companies targeting Industrie 4.0 applied to SMEs, good practice examples and tailored vocational qualifications.

“These competence centres are amalgams of core aspects of Germany’s industrial strategy,” said Dr. Benno Bunse, CEO of GTAI.

“They combine Mittelstand companies, Industrie 4.0 concepts and the technical vocational training which is so crucial to our two-pronged education system.

Industrie 4.0 is one of the central strategic targets of Germany’s future economic vision is it strives to create not only an innovative and flexible landscape, but also a pool of excellently-qualified workers and businesses.

Photo credit: Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI).

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