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A Czech-Saxon workshop focused on Engineering 4.0


Over 270 exhibitors and nearly 500 brands from Germany participate in the International Engineering Fair in Brno. The main theme of the fair is Industry 4.0 - integrated and automated industry. This was also the focus of a Czech-Saxon workshop "Engineering 4.0" organized by the Czech-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ČNOPK) and the Society for the Support of Saxon Economic Development (Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen). "Participants include engineering companies, manufacturers and suppliers of machinery, there are five Saxon and fifty Czech companies represented," said Lucie Křetinová, Head of the Representation of the Saxon economy.

Czech machines are in great demand worldwide. The automotive industry which maintains a constant demand drives the engineering sector. The market for machines and devices in the Czech Republic in 2015 as calculated by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) increased about 15 percent. Equipment worth 6.6 billion euros was sold in the Czech Republic. Czech engineering companies are also increasingly successful on foreign markets. "Germany is Czech Republic’s number one business partner. Last year, the volume of bilateral foreign trade reached 75.8 billion euros and was again a record. A third of this is accounted for machinery and equipment and motor vehicles. Interconnection between Czech Republic and Germany is very close and still offers a variety of new business opportunities," says Bernard Bauer, Executive Board Member of ČNOPK.

Most German exhibitors came to Brno from Bavaria and have a joint stand. They are followed by the lands of Baden-Wuerttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia. These three lands account for the Czech-German foreign trade in machinery, equipment and motor vehicles by more than fifty percent. The joint stand of Central Germany represents companies from Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. One of the accompanying events will also present the economic region of Zittau and plastics industries in the Upper Lausitz.

The majority of German exhibitors represent the field of materials and components for engineering, electronics, automation and measuring technology, machine tools and precision tools.

Like in Germany, the Czech Republic sees Industry 4.0 as an important topic. Czech engineering bets on the latest technology. In late August, the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister

Bohuslav Sobotka agreed to deepen the cooperation between the two countries in the field of digital linking.

Industry 4.0, the so-called fourth industrial revolution, delivers complete digital connection between all levels of value creation - from product development to logistics. This means a radical change and far-sighted investment planning in large and small companies. Innovation, flexibility, productivity and time to market - all this will be redefined and the Czech Republic must be actively involved in this development. The aim is to maintain and improve competitiveness. Industry 4.0 is already gradually changing industrial production. There is a significant risk that if we respond too slowly, we will waste valuable competitive advantage, because today decides where prodution will be tomorrow. Economy and politics in Europe or in the USA and China must move in the right direction already today. Industry 4.0 is a part of the High-tech strategy of the German government. ČNOPK wants to take initiatives which would contribute to the launch of the so-called fourth industrial revolution in the Czech Republic, and in cooperation with partners from the economy, research and policy it wants to encourage its further development.

ČNOPK creates a platform for networking among companies from several sectors, and with the roughly 650 members it is the largest bilateral foreign Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic. It supports the creation of business relations between the Czech and German firms, while advocating in politics and with the administration bodies for business-friendly framework conditions in the Czech Republic. ČNOPK belongs to the network of German foreign Chambers of Commerce (AHK) and the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHK), that are covered by the German assembly of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) in Berlin.

Date: 5 Oct 2016 09:39:00

Concurrently with

Transport and Logistics
8.-12.11. 2021

8.-12.11. 2021


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