Philippe Darmayan

Administrator of “Alliance Industrie du Futur” and President of UIMM

Building the factories of the future is one of the main objectives of the French industrial policies. In particular, the French SMEs are to be digitized. For the first time in history, the digital era opens up a new horizon of opportunities regarding business models, industrial ecosystems, and complementary technologies. In this international environment, the French initiative “Industrie du Futur” gives priority to collaborations with Germany, focusing on three main objectives: Sharing knowledge and prioritizing French-German projects; Developing innovative training programs to be prepared for the challenges of the new industry; Sharing French and German policy-making strategies. The Institute for “Industry of the Future” of KIT and Arts et Métiers will significantly contribute to this holistic vision.


Henning Banthien

Secretary General of Plattform Industrie 4.0

Plattform Industrie 4.0 is the central network to advance digital transformation towards Industrie 4.0 in Germany. In close cooperation with politics, industry, science, associations and trade unions, it develops and coordinates information and networking services to make Industrie 4.0 solutions better known among companies and to deploy them on site.
Plattform Industrie 4.0 actively drives forward cooperation at a European and international level. Therefore, it welcomes the teams of Arts et Métiers and KIT in their rollout of the French-German Institute of Industry of the future. Its major topics fit those of Plattform Industrie 4.0. Initiatives like the French-German Institute will strengthen the French and German