Dr. Dietrich Birk

Managing Director VDMA Baden-Württemberg

Baden-Württemberg has made a name for itself as the centre of German mechanical engineering. There is hardly any other sector that is quite as productive and innovative. As the largest branch of industry in the country, it generates around a third of the total turnover of German mechanical engineering. Our mechanical engineering is internationally positioned, highly innovative and characterised by medium-sized family enterprises. It is currently becoming established as an international hotspot for Industry 4.0 solutions.

This leading position should not be taken for granted. The increasing dynamism of Industry 4.0 has made fundamentally new, digital innovations more important than ever. Those who wish to keep up with the fast pace of digital change are reliant on the knowledge-intensive input of other specialist areas such as the IT and software sectors. New ideas are the sources of competitive ability for tomorrow!

But where and how can you get to know potential partners and trendsetters? Contact with innovative partners through anonymous internet platforms only holds limited promise. Personal and direct exchange is the basic prerequisite for initiating a trusting and promising cooperative endeavour.

With the new matching format “Startup the Future”, VDMA and Allianz Industrie 4.0 bring together people and enterprises with this type of attitude. Selected technological startups have the opportunity to present their solutions to the market leaders of the industry and gain new application partners. Conversely, established enterprises gain access to relevant know-how. A great opportunity for mechanical engineering in Baden-Württemberg!

Take advantage of this opportunity!