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EDITORIAL Dear Readers, When we look back at this decade 20 years from now, I’m certain that we will consider this day and age to have been a period of great turmoil and long-lasting, fundamental changes within society, politics, technology and lifestyle. This is by no means limited to the omnipresent buzzword of “digitalisation”, but also includes areas such as mobility. Let’s face it: The time of fossil fuels and gigantic car models is running out – faster than anticipated. Increasing populations require space, energy, reliable public transportation, modern carsharing concepts, and strategies for clean air even within highly-frequented urban centres. Nobody can any longer ignore the looming challenges that we are facing due to climate change, overpopulation and accelerated urbanisation. However, in these threats there lie overwhelming opportunities as well. Our industry is one of the sectors that people are looking at to find solutions for a more sustainable future. Isn’t it fascinating that the true innovations in automotive are to be found at CES or LOPEC, rather than at the Detroit Motor Show and IAA? Accordingly, mobility will not only be the topic of this issue of OPE journal, but it will also play a major role at this year’s LOPEC in Munich. We congratulate our partners from OE-A and Messe München on the occasion of the 10 th anniversary of this trend-setting event! You can also meet our team at booth 116: Let’s discuss the future – not only in mobility, but also in healthcare, fashion, sports, energy storage and consumer electronics! 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