GrowIn 4.0 – Growing into Industry 4.0

Accelerate growth in manufacturing SMEs

The project target is the support of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at the choice and implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies, the exchange of international knowledge and strategies during realisation of digitalisation as well as Industry 4.0 technology and systems in SMEs. Up to 60 enterprises in the allied regions will be involved in the activities within the scope of the project.


The project:


Partners in Germany:

  • Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
  • Allianz für die Region GmbH, Brunswick
  • Europäisches Institut für Innovation, Oldenburg

Partners in Europe:

  • Business Development Centre Central Denmark, Aarhus (DK)
  • VIA University College, Horsens (DK)
  • Flanders Make, Lommel (BE)
  • Open Manufacturing Campus, Turnhout (BE)
  • Strategic Projects Kempen, Turnhout (BE)
  • Voka – Chamber of Commerce of East-Flanders (BE)
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (NL)
  • SNN – Northern Netherlands Alliance, Groningen (NL)
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (UK, to be replaced)
  • Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK)
  • TWI Ltd., Cambridge (UK)


Work packages:

  1. Project management
  2. Communication
  3. New business models and strategy development
  4. Better use of technology and development of products
  5. Training, education and recruitment of Industry 4.0 qualified staff


Prof. Dr. Diederich Wermser does teaching and research in the faculty of electrical engineering and information technology at Ostfalia UAS. Together with his team and the Ostfalia Knowledge and Technology Transfer he leads the work package "Better use of technology and development of products" . The Allianz für die Region GmbH takes cross-sectional tasks in the work packages "New business models and strategy development" as well as "Training, education and recruitment of Industry 4.0 qualified staff". At the same time they support the project by interfacing with regional enterprises in the field of public relations plus implementation and realisation of innovative tools for launch and use of Industry 4.0 applications.


 Ostfalia I4.0 Catalog - Demonstrators for Industry 4.0 Technologies


To show various technical possibilities how companies can take steps to digitalization in a way that saves time, resources and costs, the "GrowIn 4.0" project team of the Ostfalia arragend a catalog of demonstrators of some Industry 4.0 Technologies, which gets expanded with time. The  "Ostfalia I4.0 Catalog"  illustrates the digitalization measurements and should be an inducement for companies to see the technolgies of the university in application and talk about possibilities for cooperation of their development.



Your contact person is Angelina Capelle