Industry 4.0 in Niedersachsen
Niedersachsen leads the world in the energy and automotive sectors – that's why it's at the centre of dynamic developments in cutting-edge production technologies.
Industry 4.0 at global players
Niedersachsen is one of Germany's most dynamic manufacturing locations for both major concerns and SMEs, home to such global players as Volkswagen, Continental and Airbus, leaders in automotive and aerospace. In these and other sectors, supply and value creation chains have evolved that, thanks to their future-oriented configurations and thirst for innovation, are already working in the realm of 'Industry 4.0'.
- largest industrial trade fair in the world
- ~2 million trade fair visitors to Hannover
- 25 exhibition halls and pavilions
As the world economy moves to the international division of labour, Niedersachsen’s manufacturing industry concentrates on developing new production process technologies.
Global players such as Volkswagen AG, Continental AG, Wabco, Airbus and Meyer-Werft play just as important a role as specialist education and research facilities like Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH), OFFIS Institute for Informatics in Oldenburg and the Centre for Microproduction in Braunschweig.
Niedersachsen’s enterprises are pioneers in data networking for logistics and mobility. The results: modern traffic management, autonomous driving, car-to-car-communication. From 2017, Niedersachsen plans test track setups to make the automobile fit for the future, aiming to enhance road safety and driving comfort.
In the agricultural sector the focus is on Farming 4.0: cloud systems, GPS and big data have established themselves in the agro-technology field – for example, the latest from farm machine manufacturer Grimme: the ‘Varitron’ series with a new generation of self-steering potato harvesters.
Niedersachsen still has plenty of room for innovations in a technological sector that will shape the future of manufacturing industry. We're delighted to welcome every ambitious newcomer!
Industry 4.0 for SMEs
Nine learning factories, in Hannover, Bremen, Braunschweig, Göttingen and Oldenburg, a mobile factory, and general factory at Hannover Exhibition Grounds – all set up to guide and help companies on their way into the digital future.