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What is the R&D Programme “Industry 4.0”

The programme is a targeted effort aimed at strengthening growth and innovation power among SMEs in the Central Denmark Region. This will be achieved via increased teamwork between companies and knowledge institutions in specific innovation collaborations.

Read more about the R&D Programme Industry 4.0, and how your company get involved in the programme:

Technology domains

In reality, two rapidly developing technology domains will make all the difference for Industry 4.0 applications: Advanced Materials (Nanotech.) and Digitalisation (Computing, Intelligence and connectivity)


The current interests include:

  • Composite materials, coatings, adhesives and bonding technologies, thin film systems, biomaterials, multi-functional materials and new meta-materials (nano-engineering).
  • Simulation tools for material and structural behavior.
  • Production and characterisation of new and improved materials.
  • Modeling and verification of failure mechanisms in new materials.
  • Strengths of new materials, incl. metal alloys.
  • Machining technologies for advanced materials.
  • Additive and Hybrid Manufacturing.


The current interests include:

  • Opto-electronics
  • Embedded hardware
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Embedded software
  • Big Data analytics
  • Signal processing
  • Machine learning and intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile Internet, 5G
  • Cloud computing
  • Drones, robots, other autonomous systems
  • Blockchain
  • Cyber security
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Satellites


More information

Contact DAMRC, the programme facilitator:
Charlotte F. Ilvig, chi@damrc.com, +45 2030 4599
Leo Ravn-Nielsen, lrn@damrc.com, +45 6165 6620

Who is responsible?

The Department of Engineering at Aarhus University is the operator and secretariat for the programme. DAMRC (Danish Advanced Manufacturing Research Center) is facilitator in the programme, and have considerable knowledge of advanced manufacturing technologies. The Programme is funded by the Central Denmark Region and the European Regional Development Fund, with a total budget of DKK 25 million. The programme runs from August 2017 to December 2020.