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Project for a Franco-German Academy for Industry of the Future

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In the framework of exchanges between France and its German partners, an agreement was signed between the Institute Mines-Telecom (IMT) and the Munich Technische Universität (TUM) with the objective to set up a Franco-German Academy for Industry of the Future.
Among the objectives – to build a mutually beneficial synergy for the development of the most innovative digital applications in industry. The project was part of the conclusions of the Franco-German Digital Conference held on October 25, 2015.

It is a partnership within the framework of « Industry of the Future », officially launched by the President of the French Republic, April 14, 2015 and presented by Emmanuel Macron, French Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digitization, opening up the second phase of the New Industrial France. The objective is to incite entrepreneurs to modernize their industrial tools and to transform their business models, crossing the Rubicon, so to speak, in terms of their digital strategies. The overarching project “Industry of the Future” is based on a far-reaching ambition that cashes in on the advantages procured through 34 industrial ‘reconquest’ plans initiated in September 2013.

Industry 4.0

In the midst of all the inventive, productive, “smart objects” we shall discover in Industry 4.0, standardization will be called upon to play a fundamental strategic role to reinforce French industrial sectors in the relevant international bodies and to promote French and European solutions. The Government has decided to implement a national standards policy, to be overseen by the Conseil d’orientation de la politique de la normalization (Steering Committee for Standardization Policies]. The Alliance and the French system of standardization (AFNOR and its sectorial branch offices) will also be partners here. The standardization policy in question will be established in a partnership with Germany.

The National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) and its sister German academy, acatech, have appointed a joint working party WP Industry 4.0, which is to be seen as a follow-on to “Industry of the Future”. The WP will be co-chaired by Dominique Vernay, NATF Fellow and administrator of the Paris-Saclay Foundation for Scientific Co-operation and Professor Jürgen Gausemeier, academic Board Member of Acatech.

The Alliance for Industries of the Future

Bernard Charlès, Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Systèmes, Fellow of the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF), co-chairs the « Alliance pour l’Industrie du Futur », and is in charge of implementing the second phase of the strategic programme for industrial modernization of France, initiated by the Government.

The Alliance was announced by French Government, May 18, 2015 with a desire to see convergence of factories, connected objects, augmented reality, robotics, Big Data analysis, cybersecurity and other technologies, which today lie at the core of those technological innovations successfully achieved by Dassault Systèmes over the past 30 years in design, modelling and digital fabrication protocols and processes.

The Alliance for Industries of the Future brings together technology-intensive enterprises, professional organizations and university partners with the mission to promote the French Government’s programme to encourage and enhance digitalization of the national industrial sectors. Dassault Systèmes will draft the digitization programme on the basis of the “Industry of the Future” initiative, but will also launch collaborative R&D projects to fill in certain gaps that we can observe today in terms of technologies available and/or used. Dassault Systèmes will also endeavour to modernize digital manufacturing in SMEs in France and in Europe by encouraging international collaboration based on identification of possible synergies.