Ten leading German companies have joined forces to form the Quantum Technology and Applications Consortium (QUTAC). The goal of QUTAC is to build on the existing foundations of quantum computing to further develop it into usable industrial applications. In particular, applications in the technology, chemical and pharmaceutical, insurance and automotive industries will enter the market maturity period. The move aims to lay the groundwork for the industrial use of quantum computing in Germany and Europe.
In the early days, Members of the alliance include BASF, BMW Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bosch, Infineon, Merck and Munich Re Re, SAP, Siemens and Volkswagen.
"In Germany's economic stimulus plan and future plan, the German government has strongly promoted the development of quantum computers." Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier highlighted the importance of the alliance. "We will work with companies and startups to identify, develop, experiment and share applications. There are many very interesting areas, such as logistics, transport, chemicals and the financial sector. I am delighted that QUTAC is bringing together so many leading companies to help Germany make progress in this critical area."
Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek said, "Germany and Europe must become leaders in quantum technology if they are to maintain their lead. What we want is technological sovereignty. To do this, we must rely on our own strengths: our top technical people with great ideas, and our strong businesses. The two must work together in the best way and then we will get the best result. So we fund companies and cutting-edge research under the Quantum Technology Framework Program."
Members of the alliance believe that the establishment of an economically strong and resilient quantum computing ecosystem in Germany and Europe is essential to promote industrialisation and digital sovereignty in the field. The vision of QUTAC is to facilitate the establishment and development of such a quantum computing ecosystem.