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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) see themselves as lagging behind in terms of digitization. Large companies and corporate groups in Germany give themselves a much more positive rating.

The mechanical engineering industry is one of the leading networked production pioneers. This also applies to medium-sized companies, because many are open to the idea of using machine-to-machine communication technologies.

Experience and willingness to take on responsibility are two qualities that personnel managers particularly value in older employees. This is the finding of the “Trend Report - Digitization and the Labor Market 2019” study.

Innovation is a key element of Industry 4.0. Although many companies offer financial rewards to stimulate their employees’ creativity, personal gestures are often more effective.

Two dozen scientists at the Technical University of Ingolstadt will work on application-oriented artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research in the future. The many partners involved should ensure that the research is broadly based.