Mission of the Platform

The Association Industry 4.0 Austria - The Platform for Smart Production - was established to foster collaboration among all stakeholders and facilitate new technological developments and innovations in the context of digitization (‘Industry 4.0’) and thereby to find sustainable solutions to challenges faced by companies, research institutions and society as a whole.

The Platform facilitates the implementation of digital transformation in Austria and unifies the Industry 4.0 community. It aims to secure and create highly innovative industrial production and to boost quality employment, thus strengthening Austria’s future competitiveness.

The Platform considers Industry 4.0 a societal challenge that
• can only be addressed by collaboration of industry, science, regional and national policy makers, associations, trade unions and NGOs
• is driven by technological innovation, new business models, knowledge transfer and its widespread socially acceptable deployment and implementation


The founding members of the Platform are:

  • Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (bmvit)

continue in alphabetical order:

  • Bundesarbeitskammer (BAK)
  • Fachverband der Elektro- und Elektronikindustrie (FEEI)
  • Fachverband der Maschinen-, Metallwaren und Gießereiindustrie (FMMI)
  • Industriellenvereinigung (IV)
  • Produktionsgewerkschaft (PRO-GE)

Factsheet Industry 4.0 Austria

Fact Sheets

  • Association Industry 4.0 Austria
  • Factsheet 2018

Objectives and Tasks of the Platform:

  1. to leverage interests between industry, science, policy makers, employers and employees associations
  2. to accompany the processes of change driven by digitalisation
  3. to provide knowledge and services on Industry 4.0 to companies, academia, RTOs and to the general public
  4. to define fields of action and to advise policy makers
  1. to develop joint strategies with high leverage on Industry 4.0
  2. to launch initiatives to steer regional, national and international activities
  3. to enable the exchange of experience, best practices, data and studies


(in alphabetic order)

Dr. Kurt Hofstädter

Director Digital Strategy, Siemens AG Österreich, Chairman „Industry 4.0 Austria“

Mag. Mariana Karepova

President Österreichisches Patentamt, Vice-Chairman „Industry 4.0 Austria“

Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Horst Bischof

Vice-Rector for Research TU Graz

DI Dr. Wilfried Enzenhofer, MBA

CEO Upper Austrian Research GmbH

Dr. Berndt-Thomas Krafft

Managing Director Fachverband Metalltechnische Industrie

Christoph Krammer

Head of Technology Control Contract Manufacturing, MAGNA STEYR

Mag. Maria Kubitschek

Deputy Director and Head of Department Economy, Arbeiterkammer Wien

Mag. Isabella Meran-Waldstein

Director Forschung, Technologie & Inovation, Industriellenvereinigung

Wolfgang Rathner

Managing Director Fill Gesellschaft M.B.H.

Dr. Lothar Roitner

Managing Director Fachverband der Elektro- und Elektronikindustrie

Peter Schleinbach

Federal Secretary Produktionsgewerkschaft


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DI Roland Sommer, MBA

Managing Director

T +43 1 588 39 – 74
M +43 664 619 25 70

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Mag. Jasmina Schnobrich-Cakelja

Executive Assistant,
Communication & PR

T +43 1 588 39 – 75
M +43 664 88 348 159


Nikolina Grgic, MSc


T +43 1 588 39 – 76
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Rafael Boog, BSc


T +43 1 588 39 – 73
M +43 664 883 48 165


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