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Germany's 'smart factories' have some way to go

Currently only four out of 10 companies in key industrial sectors make use of digitisation, heralded as the fourth industrial revolution

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At the Hanover industrial fair in Germany on April 13, German company Beckhoff displayed an automation control panel. At the Swiss group ABB's booth (left), German Chancellor Angela Merkel touched the collaborative dual-arm robot YuMi while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on.
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At the Hanover industrial fair in Germany on April 13, German company Beckhoff displayed an automation control panel (above). At the Swiss group ABB's booth (left), German Chancellor Angela Merkel touched the collaborative dual-arm robot YuMi while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on.

Hanover

COLLABORATIVE robots and intelligent machinery may have wowed the crowds at this year's Hannover Messe, but experts see German industry as having some way to go towards incorporating them on factory floors in what could become the fourth industrial revolution.

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