At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.
In QUTAC, BASF will, together with its industry partners, promote a seamless transfer of research results into industrial practice. Use cases will be exchanged and collaborations with research institutions initiated. Particular emphasis will be placed on application expertise and access to quantum computing, knowledge transfer and training that is as barrier-free as possible. BASF’s specific interest is, of course, in applications in and for chemistry, e.g. material science but also scheduling problems.
With its brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of cars and motorbikes and provider of premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly plants in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network with representatives in over 140 countries.
Within QUTAC, the BMW Group will advance the use of quantum computing for industrial issues in the automotive industry. The automobile is one of the most complex consumer goods. Optimization problems in the supply chain, logistics, development and production, such as robot path planning or buffer optimisation, material simulation for battery development or machine learning applications in the field of text processing or computer vision offer promising potential for testing quantum algorithms.
As a leading research-driven biopharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim focuses on innovation in areas of high unmet medical need. Founded in 1885, the family-owned company is active in 130 countries with 52,000 employees.
Within QUTAC, the pharmaceutical company will investigate quantum computing as an opportunity to advance the discovery of new medicines by complementing and accelerating laboratory research through the aid of computer simulations.
The Bosch Group is a leading international technology and services company with around 395,000 employees worldwide. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its approximately 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in around 60 countries.
Within QUTAC, Bosch will address various applications that benefit from quantum computer-aided optimisation or quantum computer-aided machine learning.
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, with some 242 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed-network lines, and 22 million broadband lines.
With Telekom Laboratories, Deutsche Telekom AG will primarily dedicate itself to developing quantum computing applications in telecommunications. It will use its experience to drive these forward. This includes topics such as the implementation of quantum algorithms in the field of network optimization and planning, the construction of quantum cryptographic platforms, and the harnessing of quantum mechanical properties for novel communication and coordination possibilities.
Infineon Technologies AG is a leading provider of semiconductor solutions and one of the ten largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world, with approximately 46,700 employees and revenues of more than 8.5 billion euros in 2020.
Infineon cooperates with leading companies in Germany and Europe in the Quantum Technology & Application Consortium to advance the industrialisation of quantum computing. The company will focus primarily on the implementation of new solutions for improved demand-capacity matching and sensor-based optimization of supply chains. In addition, Infineon is researching and developing three quantum computing technologies with promising potential for industrial implementation: Superconductor, semiconductor and ion-based qubits. With this open approach, the company presents a pioneer in its industry.
Lufthansa Industry Solutions
With over 2,100 employees at 14 locations and over 300 customers, Lufthansa Industry Solutions is one of the 25 largest IT consulting companies in Germany. As a competent partner, the company supports various industries in all aspects of digitalization – be it the development of digitalization strategies, the networking of IT service machines, artificial intelligence or by providing mobile platforms for cross-company collaboration.
Within the Quantum Technology & Application Consortium, Lufthansa Industry Solutions represents the aviation industry and focuses primarily on the development of quantum computing applications to flight and air traffic. These include, in particular, the optimization of maintenance processes, flight plans and routes, gate assignment, and air cargo distribution.
Merck, a leading science and technology company, is active in the fields of healthcare, life science and electronics. Around 58,000 employees work to make a difference in the lives of millions of people every day for a more liveable future: Be it developing precise genome-editing technologies, discovering unique ways to treat diseases, or providing applications for smart devices – Merck is everywhere.
In QUTAC, Merck will work on applying the possibilities for quantum chemistry on materials and drug discovery. Furthermore, the company will investigate methods to model complex optimization problems that may be solved more efficiently through the use of quantum computers.
With a premium income of over 54 billion euros in 2020, Munich Re, as one of the leading providers of reinsurance, primary insurance and insurance-related risk solutions worldwide, is driving the digital transformation in its industry.
Within QUTAC, Munich Re analyses possible application scenarios and develops initial quantum-based business ideas, for example for battery performance insurance in electric cars or in transport insurance for logistics companies.
As a market leader in enterprise software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best. Our machine learning, internet of things, and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers’ businesses into intelligent enterprises.
Within QUTAC, SAP will drive the use of quantum computing in logistics, manufacturing or procurement. The focus will be on developing ways to optimize transport routes, supply chains or production plans. This way, companies can be supported in reducing their costs, improving delivery reliability or avoiding empty runs. This reduces the volume of traffic as well as the consumption of resources and emissions.
Siemens AG is a leading international technology company with around 293,000 employees worldwide – and one of the largest private employers in Germany. With a focus on industry, infrastructure and mobility, the company is helping to shape the transition to the digital age.
At QUTAC, Siemens will work to enable individual solutions for efficient shop floor management. With the help of quantum computing, Siemens intents to develop robust models that are less susceptible to disruptions, while at the same time being more flexible. Siemens also plans to engage in machine learning to accelerate data analytics for numerous industries.
As a high-tech company, TRUMPF offers solutions in the fields of machine tools as well as laser technology and drives connectivity in the manufacturing industry through consulting, platform and software offerings. In the fiscal year of 2021/22, with its approximately 16,500 employees, TRUMPF generated sales of around 4.2 billion euros. Its status as an independent, family-owned company with headquarters in Ditzingen near Stuttgart, as well as its long-term orientation, make TRUMPF a champion of continuous innovation.
Within QUTAC, TRUMPF represents the fields of mechanical engineering, connected manufacturing and laser technology. The company is primarily dedicated to the development of quantum computing applications for optimizing machine occupancy in production, image processing through machine learning, and the simulation of heat input in laser cutting.
The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s leading car manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. 660,000 employees around the globe produce products, deliver vehicle-related services or work in other business areas. The Volkswagen Group offers its vehicles in 153 countries.
Volkswagen has already been extensively involved in quantum computing since 2015. In its collaboration within QUTAC, the Group will focus on the further development of route planning processes. The aim here is to use quantum algorithms to optimize the use of transport vehicles in both logistics and production.