According to the outcome of a recent survey carried out by the Weltwirtschaftsforum (The Global Competitiveness Report 2018, Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum), Germany is one of the world’s most innovative countries. The German economy achieved fourth place in the global digitalisation rankings. The Industry 4.0 Index 2018 (Deutscher Industrie 4.0 Index 2018, A survey by Staufen AG and Staufen Digital Neonex GmbH), which surveyed a total of 450 German companies, confirms that these days, Industry 4.0 concepts and solutions are widely deployed domestically. Over half of the companies surveyed (52 percent) have already implemented local or even company-wide projects. In comparison, four years ago, this was the case with just 15 percent of the companies. In this year’s survey, some 10 percent of the companies admitted that they had not yet addressed the topic of digitalisation. However, trend researchers say that is only a question of time until the technological development starts to kick in for the remaining 10 percent. This is because of increasing pressure from the competition, if for no other reason.