Since 2002 Guenther Schuh holds the chair for Production Engineering at RWTH Aachen University (Germany). His research interests focus on production management, factory planning, business engineering and innovation management, with a special focus on production planning issues. This includes core topics such as integrated process and product design, cooperative value creation, business modelling and system selection and ‘Industrie 4.0’. Industrie 4.0 combines production methods with state-of-the-art information and communication technology. The technological foundation is provided by intelligent, digitally networked systems and knowledge exchange capabilities which will lead to a new way of collaboration in the manufacturing industry. He is member of the board of directors of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen (Germany). Guenther Schuh is member of the German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP) and Fellow in the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), where he also belongs to the Editorial Committee of CIRP. Since 2014 Guenther Schuh is also Member of the executive board of acatech – The NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING.