Press release
Wolfsburg, 4 December 2020


Supporting industrial artificial intelligence & IoT: Seven partner companies found a manufacturer-independent “non-profit” industrial.Digitalisation PartnerNet e.V. as an innovation driver for the automotive and manufacturing sectors. One of the participating companies is Volkswagen.

Seven partner companies recently founded an open, manufacturer-independent and “non-profit” industrial.Digitalisation PartnerNet e.V. organization with a focus on promoting application-focused research and development as well as in-company qualification and training around Industrie 4.0.

Smart Co-Innovation@cross-industries.cluster is to be created, in which research and development on innovative technologies is driven forward and these technologies and project results are rolled out across the entire vehicle industry through well-organized transfer.

Examples are AI-optimized and modular production, cross-industry and collaborative use of production data based on Industrial IoT Cloud platform or energy-efficient e-vehicles. Also in focus is the co-creation of Digital Use Cases and Smart Services 4.0 around Digital Production Ecosystem of the future based on new Digital Technologies, such as: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Industrial Cloud IoT Platform, 5G Mobile Network and Smart Car HMI and Software.

The goal is the fast, flexible and cost-effective transfer of project results into practical industrial applications, if possible as highly scalable industrial standards.

PartnerNet co-founders are: Arxum, ASCon Systems, BearingPoint, ifp Software, Fujitsu, Synergeticon and Volkswagen.

In this context, a smart start-up incubation program encourages young talents and junior scientists to act entrepreneurially, to contribute their innovative strength to agile industrial projects, and to act in interdisciplinary project teams beyond traditional hierarchical structures and ways of thinking.

Support for these projects from Volkswagen, suppliers and other industry users is a key success factor for the success of this unique market initiative to increase the competitiveness of the automotive sector in Germany.

Co-creation and partner collaboration in industry projects is in the foreground

“We have a lot planned for year one! Our goal is to bring digital and AI innovation to life in the automotive and manufacturing sectors,” says Joerg Wicik, President & CEO of industrial.Digitalisation PartnerNet e.V. based in Wolfsburg, adding:

“With this unique market initiative, we are opening a “non-profit” partner collaboration platform and start-ups incubation organization in Germany with a focus on co-innovation of business ideas as well as co-creation of pioneer use cases & software solutions around digital-networked production ecosystem of the 4.0 future.

This enables fast and cost-effective testing of new business models and future-oriented digital use cases for intelligent and cross-functional networking of production, logistics, after-sales and N-tier supply chain.

We encourage start-ups, digital innovation pioneers and young entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into concrete projects with industry users, and to realize them together on an equal footing. To this end, we have set up a digital@demonstrationSPACE through which partner offers are addressed to user use case needs, thus creating joint projects.

In this way, we are making an active contribution to creating new jobs in the region.”

Smart & Autonomous Factory focus to improve productivity, quality and cost structures

“The work of this new initiative is designed to help unlock further potential for efficiency gains, prevent unnecessary downtime and address more digital challenges in production,” says Dr. Jan Spies, Head of Production Planning at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.

Open source, open industry standards and semantic IIoT data model are the enablers 4.0

“In the newly founded association, Fujitsu is taking over the management of the “Cognitive Visual Inspection” competence center, which deals with AI-supported quality control using imaging processes. This makes it possible to detect defects in production, for example, much more reliably and quickly than with conventional methods,” explains Christian Plich, chairman of the industrial.Digitalisation PartnerNet e.V..

Digitization, AI & e-mobility innovation boost competitiveness of the automotive industry

The organization’s agenda includes specific Digital Innovation use cases and projects. These include: click here