Peter Post

Vice President, Festo

Born in 1959, vocational training as a toolmaker, diploma degree "General Mechanical Engineering" with subsequent doctorate in engineering at the University of Siegen. Since 1989 Peter Post has held various positions in research and development at FESTO AG & Co. KG in Esslingen and was in charge of company-wide applied research for more than 20 years. As Corporate Technology Advisor, he currently advises the company on industrial and research policy issues and represents FESTO in various networks and clusters of application-oriented industrial research in Baden-W├╝rttemberg (e.g. Cluster microTEC S├╝dwest, Allianz I4.0), Germany (e.g. Steering Committee of the Industry 4.0 Platform, VDMA Fluid Power Research Fund) and Europe (Manufuture, EFFRA). 2010 Awarded the German Future Prize from the Federal President, 2012 honorary professor at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and 2017 appointed to the German Council of Science and Humanities by the Federal President.

Peter is speaking at

Application Track 1 - Manufacturing
November 4, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Daniel Senff (Chair) Deputy Secretary General, Plattform Industrie 4.0
  • Davide Dalle Carbonare (Chair) Senior Researcher / BDVA Board of Directors member, Engineering
  • Sergio Gusmeroli (Speaker) Research Coordinator, Project Manager of the AI REGIO project, Politecnico di Milano
  • Massimo Ippolito (Speaker) Head of Digital Innovation & Infrastructure, Comau
  • Peter Post (Speaker) Vice President, Festo
  • Michael Jochem (Speaker) Director Business Chief Digital Office Industry, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Klaus Ottradovetz (Speaker) Distinguished Expert, Member of the Atos Scientific community, Atos International Germany GmbH
  • Matthias Kuom (Speaker) Policy Officer, European Commission - DG CNECT - Unit A2: Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry


The digital transformation phenomena started years ago to turn industry in a smart sector. Smart Manufacturing, as one of the most important pillars for European economy, is deeply impacted as well. This transformation is driven by new forms of economic activity and work, globally, where digital ecosystems help to replace rigid and strictly defined value chains with highly dynamic and globally connected value networks including new forms of cooperation. Data-driven business models prioritise the benefit to the customer and solutions, replacing the focus on the product as the prevailing paradigm of industrial value creation. Availability, transparency and access to data are key factors for success in the connected economy and largely determine competitiveness. In this scenario, Industrie 4.0 describes a fundamental process of innovation and transformation in industrial production for Europe. BDVA is focusing on those challenges, in the manufacturing sector, that still need to be considered and solved. This session will present and discuss European strategies and key fields of actions to foster the digital transformation and strengthen the global competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing sector.

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