The automotive industry, with sales exceeding 400 bn euros, is without a shade of doubt one of the systemically relevant industries. Baden-Württemberg, which is home to more than 1,000 suppliers, is one of the biggest automotive clusters in Germany. Mega trends like electrification, digital transformation, autonomous driving and sharing models present huge challenges for the whole industry which need to be confronted. Thus, the State Government of Baden-Württemberg started an initiative in the summer of 2017, the Strategic Dialogue for the Automotive Sector in Baden-Württemberg, in which all relevant stakeholders cooperate to arrive jointly at potential solutions.
The Strategic Dialogue for the Automotive Sector in Baden-Württemberg presents a new format of institutionalised collaboration. It follows a holistic approach with the intent of tapping on innovation potential across industrial sectors. Over the next seven years, projects, policies and concepts will be established in close communication between politics, industry, academy, employer associations, consumer organisations, environmental organisations and the civil society to successfully shape the transformation process in the economy of Baden-Württemberg.
Collaboration on a working level will be organised along six strategic topics, which will be aligned along the overall value chain.
The additional cross-cutting topic Society and Mobility will act like a bracket for all topics. The goal is to get citizens involved in the process not only as clients or users, but to encourage the inclusion of socially relevant subjects like health and environmental protection issues.
The innovation agency and competence centre of the State of Baden-Württemberg, e-mobil BW, in its capacity as innovation agency of the state for new mobility solutions and automotive will be coordinating the individual activities within the process. As an objective consultant for the state government, it will contribute to the process with its wealth of experience from numerous research and demonstration projects.