Detmold, May 24, 2018. From May 15 to 16, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier together with a delegation visited the Netherlands for two days. This delegation, which also included Weidmüller Chief Digital Officer and member of the Supervisory Board Elke Eckstein, visited a number of locations in The Hague, Delft and Amsterdam. Also on the trip were Maximilian Viessmann, Co-CEO of the Viessmann Group, and German Parliament members Gunther Krichbaum (CDU/CSU) and Otto Fricke (FDP).
The trip's agenda included visits to the Dutch Parliament, the Royal House with a personal welcome by King Willem-Alexander, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Delft University of Technology featuring the "Yes!Delft" start-up centre. With her expertise in all aspects of the digital revolution in industry, Eckstein was primarily on hand to assist the Federal President during the exchanges with representatives from the Delft University of Technology and "Yes!Delft". Items up for discussion included the state of research and development, the start-up scene and social change processes within the framework of digitalisation in the Netherlands.
There was an intensive exchange on questions of digital change and other social issues in the Netherlands: Elke Eckstein (2nd from left) and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on a tour through the "Yes!Delft" business incubator.
"Weidmüller has long been one of the pioneers in the field of digitalization – both in terms of in-house production and also in the development of products and solutions for our customers. We use digitalization in order to improve our competitive position, but also see the opportunities it offers for completely new business models. At the same time, however, we are careful not to overlook the impact of digitalization on the world of employment and on society. That's why I am all the more pleased to have been able to accompany the Federal President in conversations with scientists and founders of the digital scene, and to bring my experiences in this area to the table", said Eckstein in relation to the trip.
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