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Digitization

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 digitization of industrial processes but digitisation is also making inroads into the retail sector and many of the trades.

Companies on their way to the digital future need partners and networks. How can I implement digitisation measures? How can I optimize processes and develop new business models? The right partners and networks in Bremen provide the answers.

As one of Europe's leading locations for artificial intelligence and 3D printing, the state of Bremen attracts digital companies and trains highly qualified specialists.

Together a challenge becomes a solvable task - whether for big or small companies. Take a look with us at Bremen's digital offerings:

Industry 4.0

The digitization of industrial processes – otherwise known as Industry 4.0 – is progressing at a rapid pace. It is a hugely important area both for businesses and for the German government and regions. Plattform i40 is a website launched by the federal government that brings together stakeholders in the digital revolution and drives forward the issue at national level.
Bremen, as one of the ten largest industrial hubs in Germany, is in an excellent position to capitalize on this trend. Industry 4.0 is being driven forward here by a combination of innovative industrial companies, a strong IT sector, scientific institutes carrying out fundamental research, and projects geared to real-life applications.

Supporting start-ups

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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.

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STARTHAUS Bremen

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BITZ Bremen Innovation and Technology Centre

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World Trade Center Bremen

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Mittelstand 4.0 centres of excellence | Regional ‘Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen'

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Bremen is part of the network 'Mittelstand Digital', a network of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWI).

Simple, fast and uncomplicated help - that is the task of the 'Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen'. It supports small and medium-sized enterprises in their first steps towards digitization. Especially small and medium-sized businesses often lack the time, resources and knowledge to tackle their own projects.

In workshops, training courses or company visits, the Bremen Competence Centre and its numerous partners offer an introduction to current technologies and digital topics, comprehensible, free of charge and neutral.

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Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen

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Moving into the future with 3D printing

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3D printing as a manufacturing technology is increasingly finding its way into the industry. The technology is closely related to digitization. What is designed on the computer can be immediately converted into reality by the 3D printer. Bremen is a European hotspot for 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. The aerospace industry, in particular, but also medical technology and automotive engineering are key application sectors here - in which Bremen companies are outstanding.

The ECOMAT research and technology centre is a focal point for 3D printing in Bremen and is developing the technology further in big steps.

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Bastian Müller

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports

ECOMAT project manager

P +49 (0) 421 361-32292

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Artificial Intelligence ahead

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Bremen is a leading location for AI research. In renowned institutes such as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) or the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI), as well as in numerous companies, hundreds of specialists work at internationally recognized levels. It unites the BREMEN.AI network, which brings experts together, provides information and encourages cooperation. But the network is not just for professionals: All curious people are also welcome, especially those who have nothing to do with AI so far but would like to find out more about the possibilities of future technology.

Digitization
7 February 2020
Digitalisation in Bremen – where to go and who to contact

Embarking on digital transformation is a bit like setting sail without a map and GPS – no one knows where the journey will take you and what to expect along the way. Fortunately, there are a number of places in Bremen where you can find the support you need to ensure your digital journey is a safe one. We have created a list for you.

Digitization
23 January 2020
The forward march of artificial intelligence in Bremen in 2019

Whether an AI for Werder Bremen or robots equipped with lasers: These and more stories in our AI overview!

Bremen
13 November 2019
Tradition meets innovation

The state of Bremen covers 420 square kilometres and is home to around 670,000 people. Almost 22,000 companies provide more than 325,000 jobs. Below, we introduce some of the strong sectors that that make Bremen such an excellent business location.

Digitization
25 September 2019
Letters from Silicon Valley: September edition

Experience Silicon Valley at first hand with Bremeninvest! Tim Ole Jöhnk, our man in Silicon Valley, is inviting representatives from the food and supply chain industries to join a delegation on a visit to Silicon Valley. More on this and other exciting stories in the September newsletter.

Digitization
18 September 2019
When the robot knocks on the office door

Will it soon be our robot colleague who greets us in the mornings? Robots will be helping us out at our desks in future, and this is already becoming a reality in Bremen.

Digitization
11 September 2019
What exactly is New Work?

Coworking, agile working, design thinking: what do these buzzwords mean? We put this question to expert Sven Hermann, who talks to us about the concept known as ‘New Work’ and what kind of companies might benefit from it.

Digitization
23 July 2019
A visit to ArcelorMittal’s Digital Lab in Bremen

Steel producer ArcelorMittal is employing a digital strategy that could also be of interest to SMEs – including when it comes to artificial intelligence.

Digitization
21 March 2019
Blackout Technologies are developing robots with artificial intelligence

Is this what the salesman of the future looks like? With "Pepper", the Bremen-based start-up Blackout Technologies develops unique software based on artificial intelligence throughout Europe.

Digitization
19 March 2019
How Werder Bremen’s AI technology can also benefit SMEs

Werder goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka owes his job to artificial intelligence. He was designed by the team of JUST ADD AI. Founder Roland Becker tells us how other medium-sized companies already benefit from AI today.

Digitization
12 March 2019
How much AI do SMEs really need?

Artificial intelligence is regarded as an absolute growth topic - should every company jump on the bandwagon now? No, says Bastian Diedrich from the Bremen digital agency hmmh, but he makes an important restriction.

Digitization
15 January 2019
Bremen’s artificial intelligence industry at a glance

Artificial intelligence is becoming part of everyday life, and Bremen-based companies are leading the way. We have put together a ‘who’s who’ in artificial intelligence in Bremen.

Digitization
10 January 2019
Augmented and virtual reality in Bremen

Whether they involve flying around virtual spaces or manipulating reality, augmented and virtual reality open up new dimensions. A number of companies in Bremen are working on these technologies, and one of them is even the global leader in its market.

Digitization
14 December 2018
3D printing connects Bremen and New York

From one side of the Atlantic to the other: two graduates from New York University travel to Bremen for a research internship – and immediately want to stay.

Digitization
27 November 2018
IT companies in Bremen

Bremen’s IT sector is an important pillar of the local industry. We introduce ten IT service providers.

Startups
25 October 2018
Bringing India and Germany closer together

The best of both worlds. A young Indian from Bremen is helping German engineering to benefit from India’s factory capacities and vice versa. And everything is completely digitalised – with one click in real time, an order can be sent straight to the Indian factory. The benefit for manufacturers is huge.

Science
20 September 2018
How digital media is shaping society

How is the role of media and other forms of communication changing in society? What are the resulting challenges? The international MA in Digital Media and Society, which launches at the University of Bremen in time for the winter semester, aims to provide the answers.

3D printing
12 September 2018
3D printing at Airbus – cutting-edge technology made in Bremen

Airbus is a global trailblazer in the field of 3D printing, and the aerospace company has established a technology centre for this new production method in Bremen. This is one of many reasons why the Hanseatic city has become a hub for 3D printing in Europe.

Maritime economy and logistics
12 July 2018
Exploring the seafloor with intelligent software

The depths of the ocean remain one of the last great mysteries on Earth. What is the precise composition of the seafloor? What flora and fauna inhabit it? Where has the delicate balance of the ecosystem been seriously disrupted? We still don’t have complete answers to any of these questions, but four young scientists from Bremen are aiming to change that.

Digitization
26 June 2018
How a bunker in Bremen has become one of Germany’s most secure data centres

Even Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible would find it difficult to break into this data centre. Metre-thick concrete walls are just one of the many security measures protecting this bunker.

Maritime economy and logistics
12 June 2018
A robot for unloading containers is being developed in Bremen

Unloading shipping containers requires manual work, which is pretty unusual in the automated and digitalised world of logistics. But a Bremen-based research project aims to change all this with its IRiS robot.

Automotive Industries
6 June 2018
Is this the office of the future?

How will we be working in the future? Daimler’s Innolab in Bremen’s Überseestadt district provides an answer to this question. And anyone can come and see it.

digitization
27 March 2018
ORTEC – in it for the long haul

In December 2014, ORTEC GmbH moved from Lower Saxony to Bremen. The software specialist hoped to strengthen its market position by moving to the city’s Überseestadt district. Around three and a half years later, we got in touch with the company again to ask whether the move has been a success.

Creative / Media
28 November 2017
In tune with TonePedia

You rarely get the opportunity to try out musical instruments when you buy them online. Bremen-based start-up TonePedia has developed a piece of software that allows musicians to properly compare guitars, bass guitars, amplifiers and effect products online. This saves time and reduces the number of returns and the associated cost.

Digitization
10 October 2017
Allow me to introduce … Pepper – the intelligent robot from Bremen

Is this what sales assistants of the future will look like? Bremen start-up company Blackout Technologies develops software based on artificial intelligence, unlike any other software in Europe. Before long, we’ll be greeted by their robot Pepper in shops, at trade fairs or even in care homes. We visited Bremen’s robot lab to find out more.

Maritime economy and logistics
27 September 2017
Where space and deep sea meet

The research alliance ROBEX is sending robots up active volcanoes and down into the deepest and darkest seas. Working across disciplines, the 120 scientists of the 16 institutes involved are breaking new ground on this project. They have been eagerly waiting to find out what has happened to the TRAMPER diving robot, which has been exploring the deep seas around Spitsbergen for a year. Now they are ready to bring it back.

Maritime economy and logistics
20 September 2017
Changing the world through logistics

A growing number of companies are becoming more aware of their social and environmental footprint, and are looking for ways to act with greater environmental and social responsibility. Germany’s north-west is set to become the national centre for social entrepreneurship in logistics. A new platform is under development and the first round of events is being planned to achieve this goal.

Science
13 September 2017
Studying digitalisation in Bremerhaven

This new master’s degree at Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences prepares students for the future and offers them excellent job prospects.

Investing in Bremen
5 September 2017
Bremen over Berlin: how BLG’s Digilab is introducing a start-up mentality in this global company

BLG Logistics Group is a major player in logistics with 18,000 employees. It established the Digilab in Bremen as a core element of its digitalisation. The company’s premises are reminiscent of start-ups in Silicon Valley, and there are good reasons for that.

Digital/Industry 4.0
23 August 2017
Give 3D printing a try – everyone can explore Industry 4.0 technologies at FabLab Bremen

FabLab Bremen invites visitors to learn about new manufacturing technologies and try their hand at everything from laser cutters to printing and programming. Digital technology enthusiasts of all ages and programmers of all abilities are welcome here. And it is not long before they can put what they have learnt to good use.

Digital/Industry 4.0
23 August 2017
Give 3D printing a try – everyone can explore Industry 4.0 technologies at FabLab Bremen

FabLab Bremen invites visitors to learn about new manufacturing technologies and try their hand at everything from laser cutters to printing and programming. Digital technology enthusiasts of all ages and programmers of all abilities are welcome here. And it is not long before they can put what they have learnt to good use.