German national programme Industrie 4.0 as a source
of inspiration for the Netherlands A further significant
development in Germany is the Industrie 4.0 programme.
The fragmentation of customer needs and rapid globalisation
are placing new demands on industry. In order to benefit
from this and to be able to win the competitive battle with
emerging industrial countries in the long term,it is essential
that production be radically modernised.
This prompted the
German industry to launch the national programme Industrie
4.0 in which companies, knowledge institutions and public
authorities combine forces and commit to generating the
necessary R&D investments. This programme also provides
handholds for Dutch industrial companies. And even more
importantly, new sales opportunities in Germany.