Ten large German companies jointly founded the Quantum Technology and Application Consortium (QUTAC). The aim of the newly created consortium is to further develop the existing fundamentals of quantum computing into usable industrial applications.
Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Management Board of BMW AG: ?? Quantum computing is one of the most promising future technologies and may revolutionize the fields of application from materials research to automated driving. Germany and Europe need a strong quantum computing ecosystem to be at the cutting edge of technology and remain competitive globally. With QUTAC, we are laying the foundations for a successful ecosystem that will allow us to make the most of the great potential of quantum computing.
Specifically, QUTAC will help bring industry relevant applications to market for the technology, chemical and pharmaceutical, insurance and automotive industries. The aim is to lay the foundations for a successful industrialization of quantum computing in Germany and Europe. At the time of its inception, the consortium included BASF, BMW Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bosch, Infineon, Merck, Munich Re, SAP, Siemens and Volkswagen.
The cornerstone of a commercially successful quantum computing ecosystem.
?? In the Stimulus and Future Package, the German government gave a big boost to the development of quantum computers. In collaboration with companies and start-ups, we will identify, develop, test and share applications. There are many very interesting fields, for example in logistics, transport, chemicals and the financial sector. So, I am delighted that QUTAC has brought together so many leading companies to help Germany move forward in this key sector? », Says Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, stressing the importance of this alliance.
Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, also welcomes the creation of QUTAC: Germany and Europe must become leaders in quantum technology and then stay on top. What we want is technological sovereignty. To achieve this, we must build on our strengths. They are our best researchers with their great ideas on the one hand and our strong industry on the other. The two must cooperate optimally. Then we will get the best results. We are therefore funding leading-edge companies and research as part of the quantum technologies framework program.
The participating companies consider that an economically strong and resilient quantum computing ecosystem in Germany and Europe is essential to promote successful industrialization and digital sovereignty in this field. QUTAC’s vision is to drive such a quantum computing ecosystem.
Jointly advancing the European quantum technology economy.
QUTAC aims to be a platform for action. The consortium promotes applications for the commercial use of this technology that are needed in member companies. In doing so, they create industrial demand: members include a broad cross section of the German economy ?? thus, the applications identified, developed and tested within the consortium are precursors for entire industries. Through its orientation, QUTAC occupies an important place in the existing landscape of institutions related to quantum technology.
The current circle of ten members allows for pragmatic exchange and rapid decision-making in order to develop concrete solutions in the short and medium term. The results are intended to benefit all participants in the ecosystem. In its position paper, QUTAC defines specific steps: First, the need for quantum computing in the German economy must be identified in order to create the basis for a portfolio of cross-industry applications. Currently, possible applications are identified and their potential for industrial implementation is being evaluated. These benchmark applications will be jointly implemented and developed beyond the boundaries of the consortium. The results are published on the central platform at www.qutac.de.
Within the Quantum Technology and Application Consortium (QUTAC), some of the largest German groups in business and industry have joined forces to elevate quantum computing to the level of large-scale industrial application. The founding members of QUTAC are BASF, BMW Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bosch, Infineon, Merck, Munich Re, SAP, Siemens and Volkswagen. Through various development projects, members are decisively advancing the first practical applications in the field of quantum computing in their respective industries and also across sectors. The aim of the consortium is to identify, develop, test and share applications for quantum computing and to identify funding needs.
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