Japan is a global leader in terms of robotic advancement and automated systems – but Japanese manufacturers are are now shifting their full attention to Germany’s formulation of Industry 4.0, to learn how German manufacturers are innovating. Networks and connections of hard and software are playing a great part in smart manufacturing that is changing the mindset of industry players based on real-time information exchange. Find out how manufacturing superpowers are innovating to cope with this new trend:
Last month, the chief executive officer of one of the country’s largest manufacturers spoke in a closed-door meeting to a group of Japanese executives on his company’s global strategy. Remarkably, he spent 20 percent of his time praising German companies, from traditional heavyweights such as Siemens and Thyssen- Krupp to young up-and-comers such as SAP and Infineon.
Among the industrialised Asian countries, Singapore and South Korea are more prepared than Japan in the global implementation of Industry 4.0 – where industries are more open when it comes to data sharing and decentralization of both information and people. Unless Japan adapts its traditional practices for interdisciplinary work arrangements on a global scale, it may struggle to keep pace with “smart” industry progress.
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Insights by: Jürgen Strauss