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Baden - Württemberg

Baden - Württemberg

Our innovative industry is a mixture of global players and a strong Mittelstand with a lot of “hidden champions”. We are concentrating our acitivities on dynamic future growth areas such as sustainable mobility or resource efficiency.

In Baden-Württemberg, industry and innovation are two sides of the same coin. Over 30 percent of the state’s value creation is generated by industry. And Baden-Württemberg is one of the most innovative regions in Europe with a R&D-intensity of 5.6 percent. The private sector is responsible for 80 percent of R&D expenditure. Our industrial structure is a mixture of global players and a strong middle class, which are well connected. Many SMEs are Hidden Champions in their international markets. A core element of our policy for industrial renewal is a further fortification of our excellent R&D infrastructure. In order to prepare the industrial location Baden-Württemberg for future challenges, an industry dialogue has developed a visionary concept for industry in the year 2025. Ensuring Baden-Württemberg’s international industrial competitiveness is at the forefront of this concept. Our industry will continue to make their contribution by developing innovative products and services to overcoming social challenges including, e.g. energy supply, health and mobility in future years. Digitising the industry (Industry 4.0) and the economy as a whole (Economy 4.0) will have a key role in this. Another priority for Baden-Württemberg is the transfer of technology from science to business. In Baden-Württemberg there are more than 30 institutes of applied sciences, among them institutes of the Innovation Alliance Baden-Württemberg (Innovationsallianz innBW), the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR) and institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

Under the umbrella of the state-wide digitisation strategy digital@bw, Baden-Württemberg strives to become the world‘s leading region for digital change, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI). Baden-Württemberg provides the ideal conditions that allow it to combine fundamental and application oriented research, science and industry into a unique ecosystem for artificial intelligence.

The unique ecosystem in Baden-Württemberg combines excellent research centres for intelligent systems as the „Cyber Valley“ and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as well as transfer to applications and start-ups. With its research excellence and networks with global companies, as well as transfer to applications and start-ups, it already ranks among the top research centres worldwide.

There are excellent applied research and transfer institutions as the FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik and organisations such as the Stuttgart Technology and Innovation Campus (S-TEC) specifically geared to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. There are close links between science and economy e.g. in the „Digital Hub Artificial Intelligence“ in the Karlsruhe technology region.

The RIS-Group Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Human Machine Interface (HMI), which has been set up by the regions of Lombardy, Baden-Württemberg, Navarre, North Brabant, and Örebro in Autumn 2018, has set itself the goal to promote the implementation of AI-based technologies for the improvement of mechatronics, robotics and human-machine interaction and to accelerate the innovation processes of companies, including SMEs.

Innovation strength is a critical factor for the competitiveness of the state. Our innovative strength helps us make an important contribution in tackling the challenges our society faces. Therefore, further strengthening Baden-Württemberg’s innovative capacity lies at the core of the intelligent specialisation of the state. Baden-Württemberg has established an Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) competition that has rewarded the best proposals for a smart specialisation strategy. This competition has encouraged and benefited from stimulating integrated thinking of all the stakeholders involved in the competition.

For over 30 years, The Four Motors for Europe have shaped their interregional strategy with a view to consolidating the economic, scientific and technological competitiveness of the four regions involved. Baden-Württemberg is also an important player in the macroregional EU Strategies for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and the Alpine Space (EUSALP). The first stretches from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, including over 100 million inhabitants, while the latter covers some of the most innovative regions in the EU, including more than 70 million people. Baden-Württemberg is also member of the International Lake Constance Conference and the Oberrheinkonferenz (ORK).

Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Baden-Wuerttemberg