Accelerating Industry 4.0 and Robotics: Insights from Germany and Singapore

Almost ten years on from the coining of ‘Industry 4.0’ by the German government in 2011, the term has found worldwide popularity, with countries racing to increase digitisation in industrial automation and manufacturing. The next decade will bring a new era of growth for Industry 4.0 and industrial robotics, with COVID-19 forcing businesses to rethink their operations and breaking down the remaining barriers to adoption.

Singapore and Germany have been at the forefront of adopting Industry 4.0 solutions to enhance business agility, efficiency and resilience. Robots are crucial drivers of this revolution, with both countries ranking 2nd and 3rd worldwide for robot density in the manufacturing industry. New advances in AI technologies will further enhance applications of conventional industrial robots and cobots (collaborative robots), through introducing greater connectivity and cognitive automation.

Industry 4.0 and robotics present a golden opportunity for Singapore businesses to scale up into global markets. Singapore and Germany are forging partnerships on multiple levels, with governments and associations sharing knowledge on Industry 4.0 adoption and implementation, and many German industrial MNCs setting up shop in Singapore. The establishment of market access programmes like Scaler8 also makes it easier for companies to bring their innovations into the EU via Germany as a launchpad.

Amidst the backdrop of an uncertain global economy, industrial digitisation is more critical than ever. What key developments can we anticipate for Industry 4.0 and robotics in the near future? Join us as we bring together speakers from Singapore and Germany to discuss:

  • Singapore and Germany’s progress in Industrial Transformation: Trends and opportunities
  • How the adoption of AI technologies will fuel the next wave of industrial automation
  • Corporate-startup collaborations in Industry 4.0 and robotics
  • Cross-border opportunities for Singapore companies


4:00pm – 4:05pm: Opening Remarks

4:05pm – 4:15pm: Presentation – Trends and Opportunities in Industry 4.0 and Robotics in Germany by Dr Ion Hauer, Venture Partner, BSH Startup Kitchen

4:15pm – 5:00pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Andreas Radke, Executive Consultant, mSE Solutions
  • Andreas Enderlin, Managing Partner, Hugo Capital Partners
  • Akanksha Jagwani, CEO and Co-Founder, Sixsense
  • Dr Ion Hauer, Venture Partner, BSH Startup Kitchen
  • Moderator: Teodora Georgieva, Programme Director of Scaler8