DigiTech4CE - Digital key technologies for circular production

DigitTech4CE analyses industrial cycles in discrete, digitalised production; their participants, advantages/disadvantages and framework conditions, as well as the key digital technologies required. Fields of action are developed, according to the needs of Austrian industry. Recommendations for action serve the development of sustainable, Austrian production that builds and expands competitiveness through circular innovations.

Short Description

Running Time

01/2021 - 07/2022

Starting point / motivation

The ecological effects of innovations are increasingly the focus of public discussion. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) pursue integrated goals for the environment, economy and society. To achieve these goals, the entrepreneurial innovative strength must be mobilised. In addition, the demand for innovative processes and products with a smaller ecological footprint promotes the development of new markets. The development of circular production is thus opening up an attractive option for the Austrian economy.
The increasing "intelligence" of products and networking via IoT are essential for smart circular strategies. Digital circular strategies are based on data that goes beyond pure product use and is used to improve the entire product life cycle. Digital technologies enable actors in the value chain to exchange data, use it (jointly) and develop new business models.

Contents and goals

DigiTech4CE examines industrial cycles in discrete, digitized production. The aim of DigiTech4CE is to identify, analyse and describe digital key technologies for circular production, to develop promising fields of action for Austria and to derive recommendations for action. In addition, the actors from the areas of circular economy (CE), production and digitisation are networked in order to create awareness but also trust and thus lay the foundation for future (R&D) cooperation.

Methodological approach

Based on existing knowledge from the literature, an evaluation model for digital key technologies will be developed, that illustrates the added value for the individual CE participants, the CE-hurdles addressed, but also the Austrian competences and the potential for sustainable disruptive innovations in Austrian production and product development. The fields of action are considered on a political, economic, social, technological, legal and ecological level.

Expected results / conclusions

Recommendations for action are derived from the knowledge generated. These may serve as the basis for further strategic policy measures. DigiTech4CE supports the development of a sustainable Austria.

Project Partners

Project management

  • Johanna Berndorfer


  • BRIMATECH Services GmbH

Partners of the project consortium

  • Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH

Contact Address

Lothringerstr. 14/3, 1030 Vienna
+43 664 9689424