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Industry 4.0

The Berlin-Brandenburg capital region is an outstanding center for research. Its vibrant high-tech start-up scene offers companies great opportunities especially in this area.

Industry 4.0 involves the complete networking of industrial production using IP-based networks to increase the efficiency and flexibility of enterprises. As a result, it is the #1 topic on the minds of those thinking about the future of industry. The Berlin-Brandenburg capital region is an outstanding center for research. Its vibrant high-tech start-up scene offers manufacturing companies in all industries a wide range of digital innovations and competent cooperation partners.

Why Berlin?

„R3 helps industrial companies make production systems more flexible as products are increasingly individualized. In so doing so, we let machines 'off the leash,' so to speak, and ensure fail-safe, powerful, and real-time wireless communication. With plug-and-play hardware and software tools for installation and monitoring, it is easier than ever to set up wireless networks for use in industry. With Berlin as a magnet for skilled workers, we have already been able to attract great international minds from seven different nations.“

Florian Bonanati
Florian BonanatiManaging Director, R3 (Reliable Realtime Radio Communications GmbH)

Why Berlin?

„What good is it to predict a machine failure if you don't know why or what you can do about it? At HTW Berlin, Berlin's largest university of applied sciences, we research and teach the next level: explainable artificial intelligence. This means that experts will no longer just have to trust the results of the AI, but receive information about the cause of the problem.“

Professor Dr Stephan Matzka
Professor Dr Stephan MatzkaHTW Berlin - University of Applied Sciences

Why Berlin?

„For more than 80 years, Procter & Gamble's Gillette plant has been producing with state-of-the-art technology. Here over 800 employees produce razor blades and razor heads for the whole world. "Made in Berlin" is not only a seal of quality for shaving heads, but above all for efficient production with high-tech from Berlin. Berlin's startup ecosystem offers the leading expertise and technology to continuously develop our location and to continue to produce innovations with the highest precision in the future.“

Christoph Reif
Christoph ReifPlant manager Gillette plant Berlin
Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Berlin GmbH

The region is known for being dynamic with outstanding opportunities for networking and creative renewal. Innovative business models are being developed and tested through the unique interaction of stakeholders with complementary fields of expertise. Research, start-ups, SMEs, and global corporations are all finding Berlin to be a fine place to experiment and break ground for the digital transformation. For this reason, the Industry Master Plan again focuses on digitalisation, with concrete measures to support the digital transformation of SMEs. Examples including the newly created Digital Agency and the Digital Plus project in cooperation with HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences.

Practical research and networking

Private and public initiatives connect established companies, the start-up scene, and research working on the topic of Industry 4.0 in Berlin:

  • The Berlin Center for Digital Transformation of the four Berlin Fraunhofer Institutes provides an ecosystem that can rapidly turn research results into innovative products.
  • With the Berliner IoT Hub, a workshop of knowledge transfer and promotion between innovative start-ups and established companies has been created.
  • The Industry 4.0 Competence Atlas provides transparent assistance in the search for the right regional technology providers and Industry 4.0 experts.
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Competence Atlas Industry 4.0

Use our Competence Atlas to find Berlin companies working in selected technologies and applications.

to the Competence Atlas Industry 4.0 (in German)

Research environment

Selection of company builders, incubators, accelerators, and labs

Bosch IoT
More than 300 employees are hard at work on Bosch' campus in Berlin-Tempelhof, mainly on projects related to the Internet of Things and the digital transformation. The experts advise and support customers in the development and implementation of projects for networked solutions.

Next Big Thing
Next Big Thing AG (NBT) is Europe's leading incubator and operational VC. It supports projects related to the Internet of Things and Services (IoT) as well as those related to smart contracts and blockchain applications. As a company builder, NBT operates in an ever-expanding ecosystem of corporates, founders, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers.

WATTx is a venture builder focused on shaping new and rapidly developing industries.

hub:raum is Deutsche Telekom's technology incubator. By bringing together start-ups and the strength of Deutsche Telekom, hub:raum promotes the transfer of innovation and creates business opportunities for both sides.

Atomleap GmbH is a company that uses artificial intelligence to identify global technology and market trends and supports start-ups working on the Internet of Things.

Further innovation and creative labs in Berlin

Your contact

David Hampel

David Hampel

Head of Unit
Manufacturing Industries