Accenture Opens Industry X.0 Innovation Center in Essen, Germany, to Help Resources Companies Drive Digital Innovation
New center at Zollverein UNESCO world heritage site expands Accenture’s
innovation network for Industry X.0
ESSEN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has opened an Industry
X.0 Innovation Center in Essen, Germany, to help resources companies
in the chemicals, metals, mining, utilities, and energy industries
develop innovative products and services for the digital economy.
X.0 is how Accenture defines the digital reinvention of
industry, when businesses use advanced digital technologies to transform
core operations, worker and customer experiences, and business models.
Located at Zollverein,
a former coal mine and now a UNESCO world heritage site, the center
offers clients a three-step innovation journey:
Inspiration: Use cases show how artificial intelligence,
blockchain, the internet of things (IoT), augmented reality and other
digital technologies can be applied in the resources industries for
solutions related to digital plant and workforce, digital twin and
Industrial IoT security.
Ideation: Clients can explore the latest digital trends and,
through design-thinking sessions and a range of workshop formats,
discover ways to apply them to their businesses.
Co-creation: The center provides a studio environment where
clients can collaborate with industry and technology experts from
Accenture to rapidly prototype products and services.
“The Industry X.0 Innovation Center in Essen addresses the
industry-specific challenges and needs of our clients and, through
collaboration with our experts, can help them achieve incremental and
breakthrough innovation,” said Götz Erhardt, a managing director at
Accenture who leads its Resources operating group in Germany, Austria,
Switzerland and Russia. “The center’s combination of practical use
cases, innovation and design-thinking tools and techniques, and
industrial-ready digital technologies will help rejuvenate the
industrial heart of Germany.”
Frank Riemensperger, chairman of Accenture in Germany, said, “Every day,
digitalization is increasingly relevant at the core of our clients’
businesses—in the chemical plant, the power generation facility, the
electric grid and the refinery. Our center in Essen will help companies
in the resources sectors, which are among the leading industries in
Germany, apply new digital innovations and transform toward Industry
X.0. The timely development of digital infrastructure and business
models will be crucial for German chemicals and utilities companies to
maintain their leadership positions in the global economy.”
The center in Essen expands Accenture’s global
network of more than 20 Innovation Centers for Industry X.0 and
bolster Accenture’s digitization capabilities for industrial companies
in Germany, which include the Industrial
IoT Innovation Center in Garching.
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Accenture Industry X.0 helps businesses master the digital reinvention
of industry when they use advanced digital technologies to transform
core operations and unlock new revenue streams and business models.
Accenture supports every aspect of our clients’ multi-phase
transformation including workforce, customer experience, R&D,
engineering, manufacturing, business support and ecosystems. Visit www.accenture.com/industry-x0.
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