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First Meeting of the National Smart Monodzukuri Conference to be Held Effort for fortifying networks among mid-ranking companies and SMEs and promoting the "Connected Industries"

Many mid-ranking companies and SMEs in Japan face challenges in improving factory floor performance in the current environment of labor shortages and other issues in their industries. To address this situation, business associations and owners across Japan have been advancing efforts towards supporting such companies in overcoming such labor shortages and improving productivity through an approach called “smart monodzukuri” that makes use of IoT and robot technologies.

With the goals of establishing a network of entities to advance a broad range of  efforts for promoting “Connected Industries” and also of sharing know-how and solutions to issues faced by companies regardless of industry, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that it will establish a National Liaison Conference of Support Organizations for Smart Monodzukuri (National Smart Monodzukuri Conference) and that the conference will hold its first meeting in December. This meeting is part of the record-breaking-largest robotics event titled “International Robot Exhibition 2017.”

1. Outline of the event

(1)Date and time:
December 1 (Fri.), 2017; from 13:30 to 15:40
Tokyo Big Sight
METI; co-organizers: The Mid-ranking Companies and SMEs Action Group under the Robot Revolution Initiative of Japan (RRI)
(moderator:Mr. Keijyu Matsushima, chairman, the RRI Mid-ranking Companies and SMEs Action Group)
  1. Opening remarks: METI
  2. Presentation of efforts for related projects
    1. Support Teams for Smart Monodzukuri (The Softopia Japan, the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Organization)
    2. Local IoT Acceleration Lab (The Shizuoka Industrial Foundation)
    3. Liaison Conference of Personnel in Charge of the Monodzukuri Industry of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry
    4. Region-based seminar activities by the Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI)
    5. IT Coordinators Association (ITCA)
    6. RRI Mid-ranking Companies and SMEs Action Group
    7. METI project for the development of the Robot System Integrators (Robot SIer)
  3. Closing remarks: The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry

A networking event will be held during a coffee break from the main event.

2. Prior registration for attending the event

If you are interested in regional activities for supporting smart monodzukuri, including the development of bases for the Supporting Teams for Smart Monodzukuri (e.g., establishing new enterprises ,or efforts for collaborating with related organizations) and wish to attend the event, visit the website below and fill out the form.

Reference: Outline of the “Connected Industries” Policy Concept

Release date

October 31, 2017

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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