Networks and cooperation

Networks and committee work

Festo research partners  

The trusting collaboration with strategic partners has a high significance for Festo: By maintaining active network activities and dialogue with partners from business, science and politics, Festo can quickly pick up on impetus from the global research environment.

In targeted research collaborations and joint projects, Festo develops future-oriented technologies together with its partners and thus makes a key contribution to securing its top technological position over the long term.

The dynamic developments in the different areas of technology enable new, future-oriented solution methods. In this respect, complex technological questions require an effective interplay between various specialists beyond professional and organisational boundaries.

Festo practises a research and innovation culture based on partnership. Together with network partners, Festo develops future perspectives and intelligent approaches and thus contributes to securing Germany as a technology location.

Networks in the field of research and innovation

Industry 4.0 platform

Industry 4.0 platform

In the platform, representatives from politics, associations and trade unions as well as from business and science, together shape the digital structural change in industry. Festo is involved in the platform's steering committee and working groups, among other things. Festo is also active in GAIA-X and the Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA e. V.).

About the Industry 4.0 platform


IDTA - Industrial Digital Twin Association e.V.

Fluid power technologies

Fluid engineering specialist association in the VDMA

The fluid engineering specialist association in the VDMA supports the interests of 200 German hydraulics, pneumatics and sealing technology manufacturers and thus represents over 85 per cent of the German market. It is also an important platform for the mutual exchange of information. Festo is on the board of the fluid engineering specialist association and is also active in the pre-competitive joint research in the fluid engineering research fund.

Fluid engineering in the VDMA


Baden-Württemberg innovation alliance

innBW, the innovation alliance of Baden-Württemberg, is an association of 12 non-profit, business-related research institutes, which work in important fields of the future. They are institutionally funded by the state and make a considerable contribution to the transfer of technology. The innovation alliance thus plays a key role for the research and technology policy of the State of Baden-Württemberg. Festo is an innovation partner and on the board of the institutes involved.

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microTEC South-West

microTEC South-West

The cross-industry technology cluster focuses on microsystems technology. With over 360 partners, it is one of the largest networks in Europe. Festo is a network partner and active in various specialist groups.

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EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association


The European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) is an industry association that promotes the development of new and innovative production technologies as part of the public-private partnership "Made in Europe". Festo is active in the various association committees and is a sought-after discussion partner for the European Commission.

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More about Made in Europe