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Hannover Fair Opens With Talk of Industrie 4.0, Transformation in India

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 13, 2015

messe_Modi.jpgFrom small packaging companies to the largest diversified industrial giants, to the opening ceremony speech at the 68th Hannover Fair yesterday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the idea of Industrie 4.0, the expected next wave of progress in manufacturing based on digitization and Internet connectivity, is permeating the vast halls and thousands of exhibitors at this week’s Hannover Fair, the world’s largest annual gathering of industrial companies.

Last night at the stately Hannover Congress Center, Merkel talked about the “digital integration” of industry and said the federal German government is committed to Industrie 4.0 as its “digital agenda.” She also said there will be a “Make in Germany” initiative, a direct reference to the Make in India program launched last year by the government of Narendra Modi and the major focus for India at Hannover as the partner country at the fair.

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