Grand Opening of MEMS Smart Sensor Institute - Development of key technology for industry 4.0

28.05.2018

The delegation trip "Exploring the Economy of Tomorrow. Thuringia visits China 2018" under the direction of Wolfgang Tiefensee, Thuringian Minister of Economics, Science and the Digital Society. Today - after six months of interior construction - the "German-Chinese MEMS Smart Sensor Institute" was officially opened in Nanjing. The establishment of the institute, which took place on 28 November last year, is an initiative of the Chinese "Der Sensor Group" and the CiS Forschungsinstitut für Mikrosensorik in Erfurt.

Mr. Lorenz Chen, the director of the new institute, opened the event and presented the future activities of the institute. Sensors are a key technology for the introduction of Industry 4.0, for intelligent cities of the future and for electric mobility. In addition to the further development of existing industrial sensors, future topics such as artificial intelligence and quantum technologies are also of great importance.

The choice of the institute's location is no coincidence: the Jiangning region north of Shanghai is already one of the most important centres for modern technologies in China. A strategic cooperation agreement between the Jiangning Development Zone Administrative Commission and the Thuringian Ministry of Economy, Technology and Digital Society was signed during the opening ceremony by Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, Dr. Christine Althauser (German Consul General of Shanghai), Mr. Shigui Li (Party Secretary of the District Committee of Jiangning) and Mr. Lorenz Chen (Director of the newly opened Institute).

In his speech, Minister Tiefensee described the strength of Thuringia's industrial and research landscape. The further development of cooperation between Germany and China and especially between Thuringia and the Jiangning Region must take place on an equal footing and for the benefit of both sides. The Minister expressed his clear support for the new establishment of the institute and welcomed the forward-looking initiative of the CiS Research Institute in Erfurt and the support of the Jinangning Development District.