No other industrial cluster represents the industrial core and the self-image of German industry more than the manufacturing industry.

Internationally leading "hidden champions" and large corporations shape the picture in equal measure. It combines long-term success, technology leadership and international presence. At the same time, however, they are also impacted recently by disruptive processes of change. The development of sustainable business models is the fundamental challenge. Whether it acts as a threat or an opportunity depends on the ability to change and redesign products, value chains and organizations. The demands placed on specialists and managers and the way they think and act are changing at least as much.