Industry 4.0 is being talked about everywhere and is the subject of discussion in all branches of industry - not only in Germany, but all over the world. Few other terms are used more often in conjunction with new technologies and fundamental changes in development, production, use, maintenance and recycling of products and production systems in an increasingly interconnected world.
The implementation of technical requirements within global standardization systems is of particular importance for the globally active and export-oriented German industry. The target must be to embed all essential requirements for uniform technical functioning and applicability gradually in international standards. There is also great interest in countries like China, United States, Korea and Japan.
A new working group for Industry 4.0 (Intelligent Manufacturing) was set up on this basis at the meeting of the Sino-German-Committee for Standardization in Chengdu in Sichuan Province in May 2015. The agreement between the DKE and SAC was signed on 28. May 2015. This provides a solid basis for joint cooperation, and further strengthens the bilateral relations with China. The cooperation was thus expanded to include Industry 4.0 and, alongside established fields such as e-mobility and smart cities, represents an important step for the future. The joint working group also represents a further development of the requirements formulated by the Federal Government to the entire Industry 4.0 sector.