The logistics industry gets two digital hubs: Dortmund and Hamburg. These are to be used as a twin hub for digitization in the logistics sector. This was announced yesterday by Federal Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel at the tenth National IT summit in Saarbrücken. Further three hubs are being developed in Munich for mobility, in Frankfurt for Fintechs as well as in Berlin, where the Internet of Things and the digitalization of the financial system are particularly advanced. At the most, twelve such digital mergers are to be marketed nationwide, which are marketed internationally under the brand name “Digital Hubs Germany”.

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology wants to use the Hub Initiative to promote the cooperation and networking of the different actors. “The digital hubs are to form an open, digital ecosystem in which industry giants, medium-sized companies and start-ups, together with universities, research facilities and capital providers, shape the digital transformation of Germany around our leading industries,” says Thorsten Dirks, President of the digital association Bitkom. It is about creating a concrete place in the city in which the companies work at the desk, exchange experiences and solutions. They should also be able to use production technology such as 3-D printers.

Digital Twin Hub for Logistics in Germany

Dortmund is about the digitalisation of logistics. The Hub is being launched by the Fraunhofer IML together with Bitkom and other local actors and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Research. The location for Dortmund is justified by leading projects such as the Innovation Laboratory “Hybrid Services in Logistics”, the efficiency cluster Logistics Ruhr and the Industrial Data Space, from the basic research to the applied research with industrial partners.

Digital Hub Logistics is now to close the gap between pre-competitive research and the transfer of product ideas into the market. An incubator, the so-called “universal spin-in”, is intended to promote start-ups.

In Hamburg, the maritime logistics chain is the focus. Partners include the First Mayor Olaf Scholz and the Port of Hamburg. Hamburg is characterized above all by the strong international networking of the powerful maritime clusters on the ground.

In order to network the major German hubs, the Federal Ministry of Economics has issued a hub agency as a coordinating agency. In particular, experts from the start-up scene are sought for.