Industrie 4.0 in German-Chinese relations is no longer a dream of the future. But where exactly are we moving to? How can the implementation of concrete goals for international standardization be advanced? And what role do new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, 5G or Edge Computing play in this? These tasks and questions were addressed by the German-Chinese Commission on Standardization (DCKN) at the fifth meeting of the Industrie 4.0 sub-working group in Hangzhou in early December 2017.
Good results strengthen the partnership
The results of the German-Chinese sub-working groups Industrie 4.0 show the progress in the bilateral partnership.
With the reports on the harmonization of the reference architecture models RAMI and IMSA, the IT Security Standards Whitepaper and the Roadmap Predictive Maintenance, the SCI 4.0 together with the BMWi presents documents that are central for the cooperation in international standardization. No less important for the joint activities is the beginning of a mapping of relevant Industrie 4.0 norms and standards of both countries in order to be able to map a complete mapping of the respective standards landscape. In addition, the cooperation in 2018 will address key elements of international standardization such as the structure of the administrative shell, artificial intelligence and maturity models.
From 19 to 23 May 2019, the German-Chinese Commission for Cooperation in Standardization met in Xiamen, PR China. The People's Republic of China is by far the most important trading partner for Germany in Asia. The dialogue with China therefore requires a special commitment.
In 2011, the German-Chinese Commission for Standardization emerged from the working group Standardization of the German-Chinese Joint Economic Committee founded in 1979.
Its objectives are to further facilitate bilateral trade by removing technical barriers to trade, to promote bilateral economic and technical cooperation, to cooperate more closely on standardization issues and to coordinate activities in international standards organizations.
The annual meeting of the Joint Standards Commission thus offers a very good opportunity to further intensify the partnership-based cooperation between Germany and China on standardization policy issues.