Lenze opens an innovation center in Bremen


The automation solution specialist Lenze is relocating its work on digital innovations to the newly established DOCK ONE at the site in Bremen.

  • Client

    Lenze Mechatronics Private Limited

  • Services

    To help the Lenze Group with its internal development work

  • Technologies

    Industrial Automation

  • Dates



The Hameln-based company put its digital innovation lab into operation on the premises of the Lenze subsidiary Encoway at the beginning of May. The facility is intended to help the Lenze Group with its internal development work, and projects are planned jointly with customers, partners and research establishments here: the ideas factory is intended to develop Industry 4.0 projects and digital business models and products. The Lenze Group currently employs over 200 staff at its Bremen site and a further 40 are to be added in the course of next year.


In recent years, several innovation centers have been created that specialize in the development of digital solutions for Industry 4.0. As recently as the end of 2017 the region of Lower Saxony launched a Center for Additive Production in Hanover , at about the same time as Telekom, in cooperation with Fraunhofer IML in Dortmund, opened Telekom Open IoT Labs , where experts of both companies are developing Internet of Things solutions for the production industry, logistics and aerospace.


With the official opening of the digital innovation lab DOCK ONE on the premises of their subsidiary encoway GmbH in Bremen, Lenze continues it's course to growth. DOCK ONE acts as a think tank with the aim of successfully implementing digitisation ideas for Industry 4.0 projects and digital business models and products. In order to promote new ideas and solutions, a creative ambience has been created.


Teams can act freely and flexibly outside their usual workplaces in the light-flooded lounge, closely following the example of start-ups. “Against the background of rapidly progressing digitisation in industry we need unconventional thinking spaces where prototypes can emerge at high speed and where new ideas and trends can be tested,” explains Lenze CTO Frank Maier. The new location provides Lenze with space for their own development work but also for joint projects with customers, partners and research institutions.


At the opening, guests were able to get an idea of the first projects bearing the stamp DOCK ONE: how the usage of Virtual Reality glasses can open up completely new perspectives when it comes to configuring and developing products, or how new human machine interfaces will help production: the verbal request “Hi Alexa, how’s the engine?” could soon be reality in many fields. Participants in the work area Ideation, Design Thinking & Co. experienced just how creative technologies can be used to develop new business models. Some results from the first Bremen Industry 4.0 Hackathon were also presented.


Lenze Mechatronics Private Limited