Connectivity is a key factor in shaping the future in the fields of automation, mobility, energy and autonomous systems. Without the secure transmission of signals, data and energy, the reliable and sustainable optimization of complex networked systems will not be possible. The economic success of initiatives such as Industry 4.0, electromobility or regenerative energies geared to boosting sustainability, efficiency, flexibility and quality will only be achieved if data is transformed into reliable and secure information.
These tasks and challenges will only be mastered by engaging in strong, open and transparent global networking with strong partners. Whoever holds the opinion today that Silicon Valley invented the ecosystem should take the opportunity to take a closer look at German industry. Germany’s electrical and mechanical engineering industries developed successful global cooperation in networks for designing real-world physical systems into a strength long before this became a trend in the digital sphere. This is both an incentive and an obligation to continue to successfully shape technologies for people as a global company – now and in future. In this spirit, I look forward to close and trust-based cooperation with all our partners across the globe.