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Andreas Pinkwart, NRW Minister for Economic Affairs, on a fact-finding visit to Blumenbecker

Topic: Digitisation

Beckum, 24.08.2018 – Digitisation was high on the agenda on Friday 24th August when Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, State Minister for Economic Affairs, Digitisation, Innovation and Energy for North Rhine-Westphalia, paid a visit to the Blumenbecker Group head office in Beckum. In the course of the 2-hour stopover Dr. Wolfgang Fink, Group CEO, used three ongoing projects to explain the company's digitisation strategy to Minister Pinkwart. In a podium discussion held in front of some 60 invited guests representing politics and business in the Beckum area the Minister engaged in an exchange of views with Dr. Fink and company project heads on the digitisation programme under way at industry service provider Blumenbecker. They also discussed the challenges and tasks that would have to be tackled by the political and economic partners in the course of NRW's digital transformation process.

The projects were presented in three short video films showing new digital solutions that have been developed by Blumenbecker in the areas of airport logistics, industry services and switchgear production. These systems, which will have a beneficial outcome for customers, are to be incorporated as part of the Industry 4.0 initiative. Minister Pinkwart then joined the project team in a live podium test to demonstrate the practical application of the new digital switchgear manufacturing process.

Speaking at the end of the visit Minister Pinkwart seemed impressed by the spirit of innovation being shown by the Blumenbecker Group in this area and was keen to praise the internationally established industry service provider as one of the region's most successful exponents of best practice technology: this was further evidence of the important role being played by mid-sized companies in helping to promote the Ministry's drive towards greater digitisation of the NRW economy. The Minister also invited Dr. Fink to join the NRW Platform for Business and Labour 4.0 so that Blumenbecker's expertise and ideas could be applied to the digitisation initiative.

The company CEO drew very positive conclusions from the visit of the high-ranking guest from Dusseldorf: "We are delighted that Minister Pinkwart, for whom digitisation and innovation are a particular focus of interest, was so won over by our digitisation strategy and by the new projects we were presenting. The interest he shows in our company signifies a real recognition of our achievements and of the work of everyone at Blumenbecker."

The Minister's visit to the Blumenbecker Group, which is a locally based third-generation family business, was arranged on the initiative of the Beckum Industry Association.

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