Digital in NRW – competence für SMEs

Fraunhofer IEM contributes its longstanding expertise in the assistance of small- to medium-sized enterprises within the competence center “Digital in NRW – Kompetenz für den Mittelstand" The experts from Digital in NRW developed around 21 free and highly practical formats to make digitization in small-to medium-sized enterprises (SME) tangible and comprehensible and to make shared solutions available. This allows companies to familiarize themselves with industry 4.0, regardless of which level of digitization their products and processes have currently achieved.

Gradual approach to industry 4.0: “Digital in NRW” provides services at all levels of digitization.
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Gradual approach to industry 4.0: “Digital in NRW” provides services at all levels of digitization.

Our services


Information: understanding industry 4.0

What exactly is industry 4.0? How exactly can it benefit my company? Among other things, Digital in NRW attends numerous events to give talks and set up information booths in order to provide a basic introduction to the digital transformation. Formats such as company consultations at Fraunhofer IEM are ideal for more individual advice.


Demonstration: experiencing digitization

Digitization in the real world: where can I experience it? Digital in NRW has a number of demonstration centers where it shows companies real-world uses and applications in which industry 4.0 technologies are already put to good use.


Qualification: learning industry 4.0

Which skills do I need for digitization? How can I acquire them? Digital in NRW organizes a number of seminars and courses to prepare SMEs for the use of industry 4.0 methods and technologies.


Conception: designing industry 4.0

Is my company even ready for digitization? What do I need to do next? Companies join with Digital in NRW to identify the next steps for the introduction of digital products and processes—from self-checks to potential analyses and design workshops.


Implementation: harnessing digitization

How can I make digitization a reality in my company? Where might I find the right partners? One of Digital in NRW’s main aims is to promote strong practical networks between SMEs—for instance in the Task Force Industry 4.0.


Arno Kühn

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Dr.-Ing. Arno Kühn

Branch Manager Digital in NRW

Phone +49 5251 5465-323

Ricarda Huyeng

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Ricarda Huyeng

Office Marketing Digital in NRW

Phone +49 5251 5465-175

Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum

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Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum


Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 2-4
44227 Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-611

The competence center is part of the SME 4.0 – Digital Production and Work Processes funding initiative, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the framework of the “SME Digital – Strategies for the Digital Transformation of Business Processes” funding priority.