Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. – Research, develop and implement together

The Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V., founded in 2005 as a non-profit association, is an Industrie 4.0 network of industrial and research partners who jointly carry out projects regarding the factory of the future. Among the approximately 50 members are international corporations, small and medium enterprises as well as research and educational institutions from all over the world.

SmartFactoryKL is a manufacturer-independent demonstration and research platform which is unique in the world. Here, innovative information and communications technologies and their application are tested and developed in a realistic industrial production environment.


The technology initiative, supported by the active participation of its members, has already established pragmatic solutions, first products and common standards. SmartFactoryKL intensively cooperates with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern and was appointed Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Kaiserslautern (SME 4.0 Competence Center) by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in 2016.

  1. Address

    Trippstadter Straße 122
    67663 Kaiserslautern
    Tel +49 631 20575-3401
    Fax +49 631 20575-3402

  2. Managing board

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke
    Dr. Thomas Bürger, Dr. John Herold
    Andreas Huhmann

  3. Year of establishment


  4. Business activity

    Automation, Industry 4.0, research and knowledge transfer in the economy