Prof. Abele, Study of mechanical engineering at Stuttgart University of Technology. Researcher and Department leader at the Fraunhoferinstitut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung. (IPA). Management functions in a German automotive supply company as head of Production planning and head of special purpose machine tool. In the same company head of Production Technology and technical director. Since 2000 director of the Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) at TU-Darmstadt. The PTW is working with a staff of about 90 persons in the areas: • Additive manufacturing • Machine Tools and machine tools spindles • Optimising Energy consumption in Machine tools • Production organisation and lean management, Industrie 4.0 About 200 international publications in the fields of additive manufacturing, cutting, automation, robotics, machine tools, production management. Founder of the learning factories “CIP” and “ETA” at the campus of TU-Darmstadt. Member of acatech, CIRP-fellow. 2016/2017 president of the german academic society for production technologies (WGP).