• Announcements

    Participation in the conference “Digitising Manufacturing in the G20 – Initiatives, Best Practices and Policy Approaches”

    On March 16th and 17th, IVI participated in the G20 conference in Berlin which was hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in its panel discussion and booth exhibition.

    Different stakeholders in the area of manufacturing digitisation including policymakers, academics, specialists in industry and initiatives from G20 countries were invited to discuss on the theme. The IVI President, Prof. Nishioka, joined a panel discussion entitled “Data sovereignty in global value networks” as a panelist. The moderator, Prof. Boris Otto from Fraunhofer ISST, and the panelists from China, Mexico and Japan shared information on national/regional activities and prerequisite for data sovereignty, and the focus of the discussion was brought to challenges such as contradiction between the needs of sharing and controlling data and international standardization as one of its possible solutions. 

    The IVI also took part in the exhibition where 16 initiatives from the G20 countries opened booths. The achievement of 45 scenario based use cases from the first and second years as well as the Kaizen approach applied in such activities caught visitors’ attention.

    The G20 conference website:

    Panel discussion “Data sovereignty in global value networks”
    Booth exhibition staff of IVI

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    IVI Letter Vol.5(English)(2016/12/08)

    Industrial Value Chain Reference Architecture (IVRA) has been developed

    While the IIRA and RAMI have already been published in the past by the Industrial Internet Consortium, and the Plattform Industrie 4.0, respectively, it was felt that opinions and experiences from the Japanese manufacturing industries deserve to be expressed in terms of an own reference architecture, as a contribution to a truly global view on the most complex topic called Smart Manufacturing. 

    The IVRA provides three perspectives to understand manufacturing industry as a whole: The knowledge/engineering flow, the demand/supply flow and hierarchical levels from the device level to the enterprise level. A key element is the introduction of Smart Manufacturing Units (SMUs) in a way that allows to smoothly integrate human beings as elements with their autonomous nature – paying tribute to the fact that it is the human being who discovers a problem, defines a problem, and solves a problem in many cases not only in the past, but also in the foreseeable future.  

    Moreover, an approach to build an eco-system for Smart Manufacturing is also proposed.


    General Function Block (GFB) for Smart Manufacturing


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    From the Editors

    This year, IVI developed by size and density its activities including Business Scenario Workgroups, Platform Workgroups as well as establishing international relationships. We would like to continue informing you of our latest news. 

    【IVI Publicity Committee】
    IVI Newsletter Editors’ Group

  • Announcements

    Meeting with His Excellency Mr. Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany

    As a part of the visit of His Excellency Mr. Joachim Gauck to Japan in November 2016, a meeting with German and Japanese industry representatives including Prof. Dr. Nishioka, President of the IVI, was held on the topic “Digital Transformation – Impact on Companies and Employment Relations”. The attendees discussed on the topic which is widely debated in Germany, and Japanese attendees were also asked for their candid opinions about the case of Japan. Profound insight rooted in each participant’s experiences was well received by His Excellency Mr. Gauck.

    His Excellency Mr. Joachim Gauck (center) and attendees of the meeting representing German and Japanese industries including Prof. Nishioka


  • Announcements

    Presentation at a Symposium by TU9 of Germany and DWIH Tokyo

    Prof. Dr. Nishioka, President of the IVI, was invited as a keynote speaker for a symposium on Industrie 4.0 held on October 26, 2016 in Tokyo. The event was organized by the association of nine German technical universities in Germany, TU9 German Institutes of Technology (TU9) and German Research and Innovation Forum (DWIH) Tokyo. In the speech by Prof. Nishioka entitled “Japanese Initiative of Industrial Value Chain Platform for Connected Factories”, IVI’s activities to promote development of ecosystems were introduced.
    In the symposium, His Excellency Dr. Hans Carl von Werthern, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan, gave an opening speech. The main sessions were composed of two themes: “Smart, Connected Products and Digital Infrastructure” and “Advanced Implementation of Industrie 4.0 and Academia-Industry Collaboration in Smart Manufacturing”, with prominent scholars from TU9 universities such as university presidents and directors of research institutes making presentations. In the last part, there was an active discussion on various aspects of Industrie 4.0 by all presenters and the audience.

    Professors from TU9 universities, organizers of the sumposium and Prof. Nishioka

  • Announcements

    Visit of Ms. Anette Kramme, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany

    On October 25, 2016, Ms. Kramme and Prof. Nishioka, President of the IVI, had a meeting in Hosei University in Tokyo. The ministry initiated a public dialogue process on “Work 4.0” which provided a framework for a broad discussion on the future of work in Germany. Ms. Kramme and Prof. Nishioka intensively exchanged opinions on the labour aspect of the fourth industrial revolution. They discussed on common concerns and involved parties including employers and employee representatives in Germany and Japan. IVI’s approach and use cases drew interest of Ms. Kramme, as well as Prof. Nishioka appreciated learning from her vision and the initiative of the German ministry.

    Ms. Kramme, German Parliamentary Secretary of State; Prof. Nishioka, President of IVI; and Prof. Pohl, IVI academic member. At Hosei University, Tokyo.

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    IVI Letter Vol.4(English)(2016/06/08)

    IVI’s speech at Hannover Messe (Hannover, April 28)

    The Hannover Messe, also known as the Hanover Fair, is said to be the world’s largest industry fair, as many cutting-edge industrial technologies and products are presented at the event.  This year’s fair was held at the Hanover Fairground in Germany on April 25 (Monday) to 29 (Friday), 2016, reportedly drawing 190,000 people from across the world.

    Continue reading “IVI Letter Vol.4(English)(2016/06/08)”

  • Announcements

    Visit of Dr Johannes Winter and Dr Alexander Werbik (acatech, Germany)

    On February 19th, Dr Johannes Winter, head of Programme Area “Technologies” at the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech / Germany), and Dr Alexander Werbik, project coordinator of the project “Industrie 4.0 Global” at acatech, visited the head of the Industrial Value Chain Initiative, Prof. Nishioka, at his office in Hosei University, Tokyo. Reason was the interest from German side to understand the perception and status of Industrie 4.0 in Japan first-hand. The findings serve as input to a study covering the world’s leading countries. Taking advantage of the occasion, possibilities of a closer collaboration between Japan and Germany in the area have also been discussed.

    Dr Winter, Dr Werbik, and Prof Nishioka in discussion at Hosei University, Tokyo. (Photo: Axel Saleck)

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    IVI Letter Vol.1(English)(2016/01/16)

     New year greetings

    A belated happy new year! 2016 is the memorial first year of “Connected Factory.” When IVI was launched in June last year, Industrie 4.0 in Germany and IIC in the US were mentioned everywhere by everybody, while from Japan, no comparable contribution was discussed in the global arena. Now, IVI is working on contributions out of Japan. Our approach to connected digital manufacturing pays tribute to the advancements that Japan has already made to date, while at the same time exploring where changes are needed moving forward, in a global picture. The biggest difference from last year is that we have a clearer picture about the way forward – we understand more about what should be changed and what should be kept. Continue reading “IVI Letter Vol.1(English)(2016/01/16)”

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