The German innovation and added value structures are still shaped by established sectoral and industry-specific cooperation relationships. Presently these structures are opening, particularly through digital technology and new demands to a more sustainable added value. That way the boundaries between sectors are becoming increasingly blurred and new forms of interaction emerge.
Fundamental novelties are created particularly at the boundaries between disciplines and sectors. They demand and create new interconnections between actors and connect knowledge bases which up to then have been unconnected. The structural change which has thus been created does not only concern the automotive industry in Germany but also the mechanical engineering sector, the energy industry and numerous other areas of the processing industry.
Fraunhofer ISI researches these structural changing processes and develops together with representatives from politics and industry design options for a future-oriented added value policy, aimed at this structural change.