Circular Economy 4.0 - a megatrend for machine and plant construction

04.06.2019 Hardly any other environmental lead market profits as much from digitization as circular economy - it can become the decisive instrument for spreading and accelerating circular economy and for new opportunities through new business models.

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1st VDMA Startup Summit 2019 - Results

24.05.2019 Description of the

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Meet your perfect match: Startup-Matchmaking at the Hanover Fair

19.03.2019 Discover the most exciting young companies at the Hannover Messe - we make it possible: with Startup Matchmaking @ young tech enterprises. Here you will find startups that are really relevant for you and fit your needs. Register now!

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Mechanical engineers and start-ups grow together

11.03.2019 Companies in mechanical engineering and plant construction regard start-ups as strategically important partners for the future of their industry. A survey of VDMA members shows that almost three-quarters of companies plan to cooperate with start-ups in the next three years. Small and medium-sized companies are also on the move in the start-up world.

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Autonomized supply chains: The future of modern value networks is digital

Fundamental change in factory organization is imminent - Solutions for an increasingly networked world characterized by complexity and individualization - Fourth VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential for the machinery industry

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Power-to-X: Promising Contribution to Climate Protection

21.11.2017 Electric power as the foundation for other forms of energy provides solutions for a wide range of applications - Mechanical engineering is a key industry for climate protection - Third VDMA Future Business Summit presents scenarios and potential opportunities for the mechanical and plant engineering industry

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The VDMA Startup Machine goes live

29.08.2017 In the year of its 125th anniversary, the VDMA is launching its Startup Machine: a new grouping that intends to bring together start-up companies and mechanical engineering companies.

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Future Materials - Source of innovations in products and production

05.05.2017 For entrepreneurs it is important to find out the potentials of future materials for their own and for their customers’ business. The ability to take a broader view is crucial and close collaboration with research institutes is decisive.

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Artificial intelligence gives industry 4.0 a further boost

26.04.2017 Machine learning enables efficient control of big data and ensures that software and information technology are becoming increasingly important drivers of innovation in the machinery and equipment sector. The VDMA is therefore setting up a new "Machine Learning" working group to implement recommendations.

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Machine Learning will shape the future

25.11.2016 Machine Learning, a special sector of artificial intelligence, will shape the digital transformation of the economy and thus be extremely important for the machinery industry as well

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VDMA Future Business: Machine learning as new impetus

22.04.2016 Result of the kick-off event of the Competence Center Future Business with more than 70 industry representatives: “Machine learning” i. e. self -learning systems is one of trends that will shape the future. VDMA and its members are about t to tackle this trend at an early stage now.

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VDMA: Focus on Future Business

15.10.2015 Where is the German machinery industry headed? What are the revolutionary changes that the companies have to face and what new strategies have to be found to cope with them? The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) wants to find more adequate answers to those questions and give new momentum for their members.

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Sabine Egerer

Assistant to the Director Future Business, Corporate Foresight, Startup-Machine


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VDMAimpulse 2-2017: Machine Learning 2030
VDMAimpulse 1-2017: Research - Keeping an Eye on the Future
VDMAimpulse 1-2016: Intro Competence Center Future Business