The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) opened Wednesday (February 22) Germany’s eleventh Mittelstand 4.0 Centre of Competence in Hamburg with emphasis on logistics. Speaking during the opening in the Chamber of Commerce, Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary, said: “The Mittelstand 4.0 Centre of Competence’s emphasis on logistic processes will put Hamburg on course to a successful, digital future. Hamburg is not by chance hailed as the 'Gate to the World’ and will set the course for the future in the era of digital transformation.“
Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, also expressed confidence that the centre of competence could help exploit and realize the opportunities of digitalisation. He noted: “It will raise awareness, convey knowledge and try out solutions so that the acquired skills can be used.”
Centre to pool knowledge
Digitalisation is both an opportunity and challenge for mid-sized companies in their bid to overhaul logistic processes and to make them viable for the future and find suitable business models. Staff require training to cope with the developments. Jaana Kleinschmit von Lengefeld, Vice President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, said: “We wish to pool the existing, practical knowledge among companies and develop it further in the centre of competence and to gain new knowledge. Together with companies, we will gather, prepare and implement imitable solutions suited for the mid-sized sector in the centre of competence.“
Using infrastructure for leaps in development
Apart from the emphasis on logistics, the new centre will provide partners in science for projects as well as suitable infrastructure to test developments and interfaces with products and clients. The partners are the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Helmut-Schmidt University and the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg as well as the Chamber of Crafts Hamburg.