Meet me at the Financial Times Executive Briefing

Meet me at FT

FT Executive Briefing: Manufacturing of the Future

Is the Mittelstand ready for Industry 4.0?

Berlin |
Excellent opportunity to meet and discuss Digital Transformation in terms of manufacturing, industry 4.0, IoT, and, of course, SMB (German: Mittelstand). I expect a vivid panel discussion.


The much talked-about Industry 4.0 or Fourth Industrial revolution is happening now. It is global, it is fast and it is radically changing the way products and services are designed, produced and commercialised.

As industrial production and business processes undergo a rapid transformation –propelled by the emergence of innovative materials and technologies such as the internet of things, big data analytics, additive manufacturing and advanced robotics –embracing the digital revolution is imperative for businesses’ competitiveness and growth worldwide.

So, how is the German Mittelstand faring in this transformation? What possibilities do technological disruptions open in production, supply chain and distribution networks for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs)? What are the particular challenges that they face in adopting these new technologies? What are the key implementation barriers that Mittelstand companies need to overcome to adopt and progress in Industry 4.0? How can they optimise their strategies to anticipate transformations and take full advantage of the new opportunities presented? What is the right approach: perfect planning or pragmatic learning in a transformative process? What type of government support is needed and what are the best practices for public-private partnerships?

The Financial Times – in partnership with Autodesk – will bring together senior business leaders and policy makers for a unique, high level discussion on technological disruption in manufacturing and its impact for the Mittelstand. The briefing will examine the key strategies and solutions to adapt, shape and harness the technological revolution and fully realise the potential of Industry 4.0.

Text and picture: official FT website.

About Alexander

Alexander Buschek is passionate about Digital Transformation and the opportunities it gives businesses—especially MSEs. He is convinced that every business has to embrace Digital Transformation in one way or another in order to survive. The sooner a business begins its Digital Transformation, the better. Alexander was the CIO / CDO of Braunschweiger Flammenfilter and CIO of Cherry GmbH. Prior to that he was an entrepreneur, consulting MSEs about IT strategies, providing external project management, and overseeing various IT projects (e.g. ERP and CAD implementation and migration). Working with many MSEs gave him a deep understanding of this market. Alexander is now Senior Director, Analyst (MSE) at Gartner.