As Germany continues to combine two of its main strategic pillars: Industrie 4.0 and the Mittelstand, eleven ‘Mittelstand 4.0 competence centers are opening across the country. The most recent opened in the Eastern German town of Chemnitz.
Funded by the government and run by a consortium of higher education and trade institutions under direction of Chemnitz polytechnical university, the centers support small-to-medium enterprises (SME) and trade companies with targeted information on Industrie 4.0 applied to SME, good practice examples and tailored vocational qualifications.
“These competence centres are amalgams of core aspects of Germnany’s industrial strategy,” said Dr. Benno Bunse, CEO of federal economic development agency, Germany Trade & Invest.
“They combine Mittelstand companies, Industrie 4.0 concepts and the technical vocational training which is so crucial to our two-pronged education system.
“As Industrie 4.0 advances, Germany strives to create not only an innovative and flexible landscape, but also a pool of excellently-qualified workers for investors setting up businesses here to use and learn from.”