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The digital future in Bremen

The digital revolution is rapidly transforming every aspect of business and industry and is becoming a key factor in companies' competitiveness. Industry 4.0 refers to the digitisation of industrial processes but digitisation is also making inroads into the retail sector and many of the trades. Bremeninvest's Industry 4.0 network is bringing together companies and institutes in the Bremen region and driving forward the digital transformation. We help to implement digital initiatives, optimise processes, develop new business models and put in place the technological framework. This involves changing how companies are organized so that they cater to new trends in work practices, and bringing in new production technologies such as 3D printing and additive layer manufacturing.

We help companies to make the digital shift

To promote digitisation and Industry 4.0, we provide support to companies in the form of networks, R&D programmes and funding for consultancy services. An extensive range of loans and equity investments are also available to help businesses take the necessary steps to thrive in the market. Our team of expert advisors ensure that every organization is able to find the right partners to implement their very own digital strategy.

The initiatives focus on infrastructure, the development of new business models, and how companies will need to reorganise because of the new technological realities, the fast-changing markets and the transformation of work practices.

Industrie 4.0 in Bremen
Industry 4.0 in Bremen

The Internet of Things, big data, cyberphysical systems – these are all buzzwords describing the digital transformation that is changing the way that people do business. The Industry 4.0 in Bremen website, which is helping to drive forward the digital revolution in Bremen, features successful projects and developments and offers an insight into the future of industry.

Supporting start-ups


Start-ups are given all the support they need in Bremen. High-quality office space in the form of business incubators is available at the Bremen Innovation and Technology Centre (BITZ) and the Bremen World Trade Centre. Entrepreneurs and start-ups can take their first steps in business in the 'seed rooms', while the STARTHAUS coaching programme (BRUT) will give them all the help they need to successfully launch on the market. There is also an extensive programme of events tailored to newly established companies.

Centre of excellence for Industry 4.0


Bremen is a partner of the SME 4.0 centre of excellence for Lower Saxony and Bremen. The centre facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise between business and academia by providing information and consultancy services and running specific projects. This helps companies to access the external input that is so often key to developing their ideas.

Expertise in additive layer manufacturing


Materials are a factor in a wide variety of industries, and lightweight, durable materials in particular are needed in everything from ships, cars and planes to wind turbines and satellites. Digital technologies such as 3D printing are becoming increasingly important in the materials sector. Companies can now use additive layer manufacturing (ALM) to produce high-strength components for specialist applications.

ALM will be taking manufacturing technologies in whole new directions over the coming years. Bremen is gaining a reputation across Germany as a specialist region for this field. We are home to the Rapid Prototyping Centre, for example, while Materialise GmbH and the dental technology experts at BEGO Group are leading the way in 3D printing.

ALM as a technology represents a synthesis of innovative materials and Industry 4.0 and is highly relevant for the Bremen region. Aerospace, medical equipment and automotive engineering are key application areas for ALM.

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Dr.-Ing. Norbert Möllerbernd

BAB Bremer Aufbau-Bank

Innovation manager, innovative materials

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Bringing the digital revolution to your company


Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen
Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen works on the challenges of tomorrow with interdisciplinary teams drawn from universities. It uses an extensive network of experts and proven, innovative methods to develop business models and solve problems, helping companies to incorporate new technologies and adapt to fast-changing markets. Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen works with the region's IT firms to open up future trends to the wider business community.

Funding for consultancy services
To successfully digitise, your business will need outside help. We can provide financial assistance for the services of consultants drawn from the Bremen Industry 4.0 network.

Research and development
Developing, testing and introducing new technologies often represents a major risk. For SMEs in particular it is important to reduce the barriers to investment and development. Our research and development programme uses regional and EU funds to help them minimise risks and realise their ideas.
You will find an overview of the various support programmes in our Funding & Support section.

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3D printing
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