Manuel Heckel is a freelance journalist based in Cologne, Germany. He focusses on business and economy, especially the digital transformation of the german economy. He covers big german companies, german start-ups and big international tech companies.
German Industry 2015/2016: Challenge of getting connected: "Industrie 4.0” has made it to the main stage. This label is the German idea of dealing with an increasingly digitally connected production line, known both in and outside the factory as the “Internet of Things”. After three industrial revolutions, the next step might include features like a production line where every machine is connected to each other and highly individualised products from still highly efficient industrial production.