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Japan-Germany Release Report on International Standardization of Smart Manufacturing

International standardization is a key to successfully achieving smart manufacturing. Concerning this issue, Japan and Germany have been holding discussions under the Japan-Germany collaboration framework, and have compiled the discussion results into a joint document titled “Application Scenario Value-Based Service.” Both countries will make a joint briefing on the document at a Japan-Germany joint forum titled “Industrie 4.0/Connected Industries” to be held in Hanover, Germany, on April 24, 2018.

1. Outline

International standardization is a key to successfully achieving smart manufacturing. Concerning this issue, Japan and Germany have been advancing proactive joint discussions through holding repeated meetings of experts from both countries since April 2016. The organizer of these discussions on the Japanese side is the Robot Revolution Initiative (RRI).

METI hereby announces that both countries compiled the results of discussions by these experts into a joint document titled “Application Scenario Value-Based Service.”

Japan and Germany will make a briefing on this document as a specific outcome of their collaboration at a Japan-Germany joint forum titled “Industrie 4.0/Connected Industries” to be held in Hanover, Germany, on April 24, 2018.

2. Background

  • In April 2016, director general-level officials of METI and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Germany, signed a Joint Statement Regarding Japan-Germany Cooperation on IoT/Industrie 4.0. In response, both countries launched cooperation initiatives by field, such as international standardization and cybersecurity, in collaboration with experts from both countries.
  • Following this, triggered by Japan’s participation as a partner country in CeBIT 2017, a global event for digital business in Germany in March 2017, METI and BMWi Ministers signed the Hannover Declaration to further enhance the existing Japan-Germany cooperation. Since then, both countries have been enriching bilateral cooperation in the fields stipulated in the declaration.
  • In particular, Japan and Germany have held 15 joint experts’ meetings on international standardization, and discussed a future scenario of monodzukuri, a base on which Japan and Germany will advance discussion on standardization in the filed of smart manufacturing, and went on to compile the discussion results into a joint document.
  • Both countries will make a joint briefing on this document at a Japan-Germany forum titled “Industrie 4.0/Connected Industries” to be held in Hanover, Germany, on April 24, 2018. In addition, at the forum, experts and intellectuals will make speeches focusing on research and development, SMEs and other subjects, as well as international standardization.
  • Taking advantage of the achievements derived from Japan-Germany cooperation, Japan and Germany will aim to execute leadership in discussions at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which are expected to gather momentum.

References

Release date

April 20, 2018

Division in Charge

Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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