The political and media hype surrounding "Industry 4.0" continues. Yet when it comes to merging classical production methods with information and communication technologies (ICT), this continues to be a challenge for the German economy. In total, only 18 per cent of companies in Germany are familiar with the term Industry 4.0. Moreover, a mere four per cent of German businesses have already implemented digitalised and networked production processes or have plans to begin doing so in the near future. These are the findings of the latest ICT survey, undertaken by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). The representative survey, which focuses on the distribution and use of ICT, was conducted among approximately 4,500 businesses in Germany.