Internet searches find good evidence that the Germany chemical industry is intensely pursuing what is referred to as "Industry 4.0”. A Deloitte 2016 article provides an excellent overview of what is met by Industry 4.0 and its implications for the chemical industry. (Click here to read the article – PDF file.)
Implementing Industry 4.0 and increasing digitization throughout their industries is a high priority of the German government. A study sponsored by the Federation of German Industries and carried out by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants provides good insights into the importance that German industry places on increased digitization in its industry. You can read a report on this study by clicking here (PDF file).
The process of digitizing industrial processes, which has been going on for a long time, when combined with the concepts and capabilities associated with Industry 4.0 is believed to be leading to a 4th industrial revolution.
German companies support this embracing of Industry 4.0. Siemens discusses the digital factory, Industry 4.0, and seven facts to know about the future of manufacturing (click here). SAP has an extensive overview on how to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution (click here). Rexroth Bosch explains how they can support Industry 4.0 (click here). Pepperl + Fuchs present their perspectives on Industry 4.0 (click here). These are just a few of the German companies that provide support to companies pursuing Industry 4.0 goals.
German chemical companies are pursuing Industry 4.0-related activities. At this link (click here), you can read about how BASF is implementing Industry 4.0-related processes. An Evonik publication has articles on its activities related to big data, digitization, and the “Internet of Things”, all important components in Industry 4.0 (click here – PDF file).
Such benefits as: better products at less processing costs; more timely delivery of products to customers; lower use of raw materials, with less waste; and decreased energy use, including lower CO2 emissions are driving companies toward Industry 4.0.