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Manufacturing X

Data room Industrie 4.0

An infrastructure for data sovereignty.

Manufacturing-X was launched in 2024 by the Industry 4.0 platform. It implements the previously developed Industrie 4.0 concepts and standards in practice for the first time and disseminates them throughout industry. 
The project was launched jointly by business, politics and science and implements the Industry 4.0 data space. While Catena-X previously focussed on the automotive industry and its suppliers, Manufacturing-X is geared towards the entire industry.

Data Spaces

In order to digitalise industrial supply chains, market participants must ensure a standardised exchange of data. The concepts and technologies of data spaces play an important role in this.

They enable industry-wide marketplaces that ensure interoperability between different segments. This is particularly important as companies are involved in different value chains. In the past, exchanging information with different partners was often associated with high costs. With data spaces, companies can collaborate more efficiently and reap the benefits of digitalisation.

More about Data Spaces

Manufacturing-X strategy

Manufacturing-X aims to create a common infrastructure for data sovereignty in order to enable cross-industry applications. As part of the overall Manufacturing-X project, various sub-projects are being initiated, each of which is focussing on individual topics and use cases.

A clear strategy for selecting and prioritising projects will be applied. Each project initiative submitted must address at least one of the strategic objectives of Manufacturing-X: Resilience, competitiveness and sustainability. 


Manufacturing-X aims to reduce dependencies and build more flexible supply chains in order to be able to respond better to future challenges.


Manufacturing-X reconciles the economic interests of industry with the protection of the environment. New business models, a closed-loop circular economy and increased efficiency are important steps towards promoting sustainability.


Manufacturing-X is committed to equal opportunities and combats monopolies in order to strengthen competitiveness. By promoting digital innovations, the leading position of German and European industry is further expanded at a global level.

Furthermore, it must be assessed whether the project objectives 

  • promise significant profits / savings
  • are also applicable to small and medium-sized enterprises
  • can be completed within a reasonable period of time 
  • and, of course, whether they fit in with existing technologies, frameworks and concepts.

Currently in focus: Factory X.

Factory X deserves special attention among the Manufacturing X funding projects. Led by SAP and Siemens, around 50 partners from industry, research and associations are working together to drive forward the concept of smart fabrics - the digitalisation of the shop floor. This is where many value chains from different suppliers intersect: For example, some companies supply components and systems for the production lines, while others supply materials, components and services for the manufactured products.

Data Act: Data donation business model

Data Spaces: Digital innovations for Europe

Rolf Engesser 

Rolf Engesser hat langjährige Erfahrung in Software- und Beratungshäusern und hat schon in der Pionierzeit des Internets als Architekt größere Lösungen entworfen.. Nach einigen Jahren in der Industrie wechselte er im Jahr 2021 zu M&M Software, wo er mittlerweile das Competence Center Industry 4.0 & Digital Twin leitet. Durch seinen Werdegang vereint er sowohl tiefe Expertise in der Softwareentwicklung als auch Verständnis für die Prozesse in einem Industrieunternehmen. 

"Mit Manufacturing-X wird die Digitalisierung in der Industrie erstmals auf ein gemeinsames Gleis gesetzt. Viele Unternehmen haben nun die Chance, zuzusteigen und Geschwindigkeit aufzunehmen. Man sollte jetzt aufpassen, dass man den Anschluss nicht verpasst und nicht Gefahr läuft, den sichergeglaubten Zugang zu manchen Märkten zu verlieren.“

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Volker Herbst

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Volker Herbst

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