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2022-04-05 publication

Industrial Transformation

Let’s talk about opportunities and possibilities. We have the chance, for example, to make our world carbon-neutral so that we can still mitigate global warming and ensure that subsequent generations grow up in an intact environment. The current issue of VDE dialog also deals with the opportunities and possibilities for us to remain competitive on the global market and enable our children's children to grow up in the same peace and prosperity we have enjoyed. Incidentally, both of these goals have something to do with sustainability. They are two sides of the same coin. Other topics in the issue: hydrogen, cloud computing, resilience and value creation, and much more. 

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“The digital and green transformation is the biggest upheaval since the Industrial Revolution.”

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Ansgar Hinz issues a wake-up call for a master plan which places responsibility first on the political sphere, then also on industry and society as a whole.
The current digital and green transformation is the biggest upheaval since the Industrial Revolution. As we know, the latter produced many winners – and some losers, as well. We should do all we can to ensure that not only Germany, but the rest of Europe and the entire world benefit from this disruption. We only have one planet, after all. One brief internal note: you may be surprised not to read anything about Russia and Ukraine in this issue. This is because we have an early editorial deadline and it was not clear how things would develop by the time the issue was published. We had also conducted the interview with Ansgar Hinz before the Russian invasion and decided not to update it afterwards. In view of this threat, however, his appeal for greater technological sovereignty needs to be understood in terms of the energy sector, as well. This is another area that presents not only risks, but also opportunities and possibilities for Germany and all of Europe. As the largest technology organization in Europe with over 100,000 experts in all areas of electrical engineering, electronics and information technology, VDE will always support and promote this transformation process in constructive ways.

Yours truly,
Thomas Koller, Head of Brand Management, Marketing and Communication

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