Industry Business Network 4.0 – Germany


Manufacturer initiative presents itself at the EuroBLECH 2016

Industry Business Network 4.0 e.V. presents itself at the major trade fair and generates further strong partners


The interest is enormous: After the “Fertigung 4.0” congress at the end of September in Bad Wörishofen, Bavaria, the new Industry Business Network association presented itself for the first time at the EuroBLECH 2016 in Hannover. The response to the producers’ initiative was extremely positive. Numerous companies informed themselves about the association with the existing members. Other innovative companies joined together at the 24. International Technology Fair to Industry Business Network 4.0.


More than 1,500 exhibitors from 41 countries exhibited their innovations along the entire technology chain of sheet metal processing at the EuroBLECH 2016 trade fair in Hannover at the end of October. More than 60,000 visitors took the opportunity to learn about the developments at the world’s leading trade fair. The dominant topics in the sector were networked manufacturing, digital production and the concept of a Smart Factory.


The interest in Industry Business Network 4.0 was correspondingly high. For the first time, the association presented itself to an international expert audience after a successful launch at the congress “Fertigung 4.0 – Industry 4.0 in Sheet Metal Processing” four weeks earlier. The visitors took the opportunity to find out about the cross-producer cooperation of innovative companies with strong partners such as TÜV Süd and Fraunhofer IGCV, which is currently being set up with the existing members of the SME initiative. Many fascinated visitors visited the stands of MicroStep, Kjellberg Finsterwalde, Kemppi or Kemper. The media also picked up extensively on the subject. “We are in good talks with numerous other creative companies in the industry. The great interest shows us that an association of medium-scaled companies is necessary to achieve the potential of Industry 4.0,” said Igor Mikulina, chairman of Industry Business Network 4.0.


During the five days of the fair, the existing members were pleased to see companies that had joined the initiative. With SigmaNEST, a specialist in the field of nesting software is now involved in the association. In addition, TEKA Absaug- und Entsorgungstechnologie GmbH was welcomed to the club. Böckelt Tower, an innovative family-owned company, has been added as an absolute expert in the field of flexible storage and logistics systems. We are pleased with these further strong partners and are sure that our association will continue to grow in a short time”, said Igor Mikulina.


Manufacturer initiative presents itself at EuroBLECH 2016

With SigmaNEST, another innovative company has joined Industry Business Network 4.0 at the EuroBLECH trade fair. Igor Mikulina, chairman of the association (center), hereby welcomes the new partner – represented by Christoph Weber (left, CEO SigmaNEST GmbH) and Chris Cooper (right, Managing Director SigmaTEK Europe).

Manufacturer initiative presents itself at EuroBLECH 2016

Teka Absaug- und Entsorgungstechnologie GmbH also joined the SME initiative during EuroBLECH. Association Chairman Igor Mikulina (left) welcomed Teka CEO Erwin Telöken.

Manufacturer initiative presents itself at EuroBLECH 2016

During the EuroBLECH trade fair visitors could find out about the new association at the stands of the members: Frederic Lanz (left, managing director of Kemppi GmbH in Germany and vice president of marketing & sales Kemppi Oy) and his team were very interested.

Manufacturer initiative presents itself at EuroBLECH 2016

The media also took up the subject many times. The decision makers of the member companies were sought-after discussion partners; like Björn Kemper (Managing Director of Kemper GmbH) in an interview with DVS-TV.

Manufacturer initiative presents itself at EuroBLECH 2016

One of the founding members of Industry Business Network 4.0 is Kjellberg Finsterwalde. At the stand of the traditional company, many visitors took the opportunity to exchange ideas.

Manufacturer initiative presents itself at EuroBLECH 2016

There was also great interest in the manufacturer initiative at the booth of MicroStep Europe. At the world market leader in automated plasma cutting, visitors were able to find out about the most important aspects of the association’s activities.