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Digital Capability Center Aachen

The Digital Capability Center in Aachen has real machines, products, and operators to deliver innovation and experiential learning for operational excellence. It is a unique environment for hands-on capability building, a test bed for piloting and scaling innovative solutions on- and off-site, and a go-to asset to find expert support on operations, digital, and analytics solutions. We teach participants the technical, management, and people skills required to start, scale, and sustain their digital-manufacturing transformation, encouraging participants to explore, try, and apply.

The Digital Capability Center in Aachen was founded in 2016 by McKinsey & Company and ITA Academy in cooperation with leading technology partners and innovative start-ups.

Relaunch event highlights, Nov 2022

See highlights of the newly updated McKinsey’s learning and innovation facility in Aachen

Featured capabilities

The Digital Capability Center Aachen supports your digital transformation journey based on three principles:

Diagnosis to design

Identify specific use cases and a digital production ecosystem, which includes a clear perspective on how and where digital will create bottom-line value, phased along a multihorizon roadmap

Technology to impact

Capture value from specific applications based on rock-solid cybersecurity, learn an agile approach to develop pilots, and refine solutions through rigorous change management

Capabilities to transform

Focus on a thorough organizational-change process, including capability building, C-suite sponsorship, and the holistic adaptation of digital processes and talent

Offerings at Aachen

Lean Manufacturing

Clients learn about lean principles and experience significant change by using lean tools in the production of real products. They build capabilities to act as change agents in large-scale transformations including how to manage performance for continuous improvement.

Digital manufacturing

Clients learn about digital use cases and have the chance to evaluate their usability and profitability. They also learn to start, scale, and sustain a digital manufacturing transformation and develop the required technical, management, and people skills.

Digital Quality Management

Participants learn about role of quality in a lean environment, how to apply lean thinking to enhance the effectiveness of quality control and quality assurance, and how to secure the right balance between reactive and preventive quality. They also learn how digital solutions can optimize quality management overall.

Leadership Development

Clients develop the skills to engage, energize, and drive change across the organization. They learn what motivates people and drives their behavior at all levels of an organization, and they practice using these concepts to influence and mobilize others.

Resource Productivity

Clients learn about energy-savings principles in a real-life production environment. These principles include how to integrate energy-productivity thinking into plant operations, production planning, and product design.

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Digital factory twin - a virtual tour of the Digital Capability Center Aachen

Take a virtual walk-through in the digital twin of the Digital Capability Center in Aachen, to explore indoor environments within a high-quality 3D model.

Related offerings

McKinsey Academy

McKinsey Academy accelerates professional growth to sustain transformational change

Go & See

The McKinsey Go & See program creates opportunities for organizations considering a large-scale transformation program to learn from peers at other organizations who have undertaken a similar journey.


Digital Capability Center Aachen

Vaalser Str. 460
52074 Aachen

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