Smart Factory Kunshan opens with VDMA Flagship Conference Industrie 4.0

June 2019

Smart Factory Kunshan has been happy and proud open its doors and host the 2nd VDMA Flagship Industrie 4.0 B2B Conference on June 21th. It was the first event in our Startup Factory’s brand new Phase III building, now home to Smart FactoryKunshan. The event was serviced by German Mechanical Engineering Commercial Services (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Shanghai branch office – Official Service Provider of VDMA. VDMA represents more than 3,200 member companies in the SME-dominated mechanical and systems engineering industry in Germany and Europe and has offices in Beijing and Shanghai. More than 270 participants discussed on digitalization in the SME environment, listen to more than 15 speakers, and joined factory tours demonstrating already implemented Industry 4.0 use cases and exchanged their views on industrial 4.0 technology.

The Conference was opened by Mr. Cai Min, Vice Mayor of Kunshan city, Mr. Gu Xiangmin, Mayor of Zhangpu Town, and Mr. Christian Dorfmueller, managing partner of Startup Factory giving their welcome speeches. Dr. Christian Mosch, VDMA Forum Industrie 4.0 and Mr. Li Xiaoyong, secretary-general of OPC China Foundation gave in their keynote talks a deep insight on status of OPC UA topics in between Germany and China.


The afternoon has been splitted in two breakout sessions with speakers from Lenze Drive Systems, Bosch-Rexroth, BALLUFF, Weidmueller China, ifm, VOITH, SAP, PEPPERL+FUCHS, Heidelberg, Alibaba Cloud, and Siemens shared their own progresses and digital solutions in manufacturing and discussed with the participants. Solutions in containers, collaborative robot at the coffee bar, already implemented use cases presented during factory tours in Startup Factory’s real production environment, and last but not least the new building of Smart Factory could impress VDMA’s guests.

Thanks to VDMA choosing Smart Factory Kunshan as location for their 2nd VDMA Flagship Industry 4.0 Conference. Smart Factory Kunshan will continue to host more and more events related to Industrial Internet of Things / Industry 4.0 and welcome all interesting use cases to join us!

About Startup Factory

Startup Factory is a currently the largest business incubator for small and mid-sized European enterprises that are looking for assembly or production facilities, a repair workshop or a job shop in China to extend their business activities.

At present, Startup Factory runs subsidiaries for 36 European companies on 39,000 sqm with a total of more than 300 employees at its factory location in Kunshan, near Shanghai. Our experienced German-Chinese management team in Kunshan is supported by a contact office in Munich. In addition to flexible rental units, Startup Factory offers a full management services package covering all functions that can be provided centrally. Our customers can concentrate fully on manufacturing and growing their business.

pictures: Startup Factory (Kunshan) Co. Ltd.