Center of Excellence „Mittelstand 4.0“
One of the five nationwide centers of excellences for “Mittelstand 4.0” (middle class 4.0) will be placed in Aachen. Goal of the Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics is the support of small and medium-sized enterprises for the creation of new business areas in the context of “Industry 4.0”. The Competence Center “Mittelstand 4.0 West”, consists of an association of research facilities from Aachen, Dortmund and Ostwestfalen. Expertise in production technology for the so called “Hub Rheinland” was represented by the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University and the Institute for Industrial Management (FIR e.V.).