Germany’s 3.7m SMEs are the beating heart of the country’s economy. But due to their size, many find it difficult to keep pace with dynamic changes in the world’s “digitize or die” business environment. To advance these companies along the path to digital success, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is setting up a network of “Mittelstand 4.0” centers of competence across Germany.
In August, a new center was opened in the “Experimental Factory” in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt. The center helps regional SMEs find innovative digital solutions for optimizing internal processes, networking with other companies and developing new fields of business. This test lab-cum-demonstration workshop also offers tailored information, free training programs and expert advice in four key fields.