Director Japan
Germany Trade & Invest

Tokyo, Japan

www.gtai.de/gtai-jp

CONTENT OF SPEECH

Welcome / A strong partner - Success in Germany with Germany Trade & Invest

Germany is one of the most attractive business locations in the world for Japanese investors. Germany Trade & Invest provides reliable and up-to-date information on all of the important questions concerning Germany as a business location. We supports your project through every stage of the business location process. With contacts in every region in Germany, we can help you find the right partners as well as the right location. Our office in Tokyo is fully committed to the success of Japanese investors in the German market.

Deputy Director General
Industrial Policy and Future Mobility
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI), 
Berlin, Germany

www.bmwi.de/Navigation/EN



Secretary General
Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative (RRI) Tokyo, Japan

www.jmfrri.gr.jp

Senior Manager
Investor Consulting Robotics Industry

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)
Berlin, Germany

www.gtai.com/machinery

CONTENT OF SPEECH

Rise of the Robots - Market opportunities in the German Robotics Industry

The market for industrial robotics and service robotics as well as some comparisons between Japan and Germany will be presented.
Special focus will be given to the Japanese investments in mechanical engineering and especially in the field of automation and robotics.
Japanese companies have been investing in Germany for decades and are of particular importance to the country - Europe’s leading industrial location. The high industrial density in Germany and the European market represent significant market opportunities for Japanese companies that want to settle in Germany. Further, the access to excellent research competences and infrastructure as well as to regional clusters in the field of robotics will also be presented.

Senior Manager
Investor Consulting

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)
Berlin, Germany

www.gtai.com/medtech

CONTENT OF SPEECH

Rise of the Robots - Market opportunities in the German Robotics Industry

Medical Robots in Germany:

Timeline overview of surgical robots in Germany, followed by a spotlight on the status of implementation in the hospital sector, as well as robotic solutions used in rehabilitation

Senior Manager
Tax & Legal Services

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)
Berlin, Germany

www.gtai.de/gtai-en/invest


CONTENT OF SPEECH

Rise of the Robots - Market opportunities in the German Robotics Industry

This contribution provides you with an overview of GTAI’s services for Japanese companies and the framework for an expansion to German. 

VP Global Ecosystems and Impact

Wandelbots GmbH 

Dresden, Germany

www.wandelbots.com

CONTENT OF SPEECH

Towards a universal operating system for robots

Wandelbots Teaching is redefining robot programming worldwide. It allows users to teach industrial robots without traditional code programming. Powered by the hardware-agonistic Wandelbots Platform, users only need one unified language to work with robots of different manufacturers. This makes working with robots more flexible, more affordable and thus accessible for every company. Our Platform allows developers to create powerful applications that run on as many different robots as possible. This creates a world full of automation potential in which humans can focus on their full creativity instead of repetitive or dangerous tasks.

Vice President

Kawasaki Robotics GmbH

Neuss, Germany

www.kawasakirobotics.de

CONTENT OF SPEECH

Japanese Companies in Europe: Communication is the key!

Japan and Europe or Germany have many things in common but of course are also inspired by differences.

Within this tension field lies the answer why communication is so important, especially for Japanese companies in Europe.


General Manager 
Robotics Division

YASKAWA Europe GmbH
Allershausen, Germany

www.yaskawa.eu.com


CONTENT OF SPEECH

How to manage Japanese-German Robotics Business Operational Insights from a European Headquarter of a Japanese Robot Company 

As a worldwide leading Robot Manufacturer and Automation Supplier with roots in Japan, YASKAWA has been absolutely successful over more than 100 years in terms of intercultural cooperation on management and operational level.

By living our “GLOCAL” (Global & Local) Culture, YASKAWA has gained a worldwide footprint today with 32 R&D and production locations spread all over the globe. Our Headquarters in Allershausen/Munich are leading all EMEA Operations, including Sales&Support Subsidiaries in all European Countries, R&D and production facilities in Germany/Slowenia/Sweden/France/Italy. With our strong European footprint, we are able to understand the European Robotics market and contribute to the European Robotics Community, which is resonably different compared to the Japanese Robotic Scene. We are very close to European System Integrators and Customers, and we are involved in innovation networks, initiatives and trends, and this involvement is absolutely important in the vital, innovative Robotics Scene.

In our daily business as Germans dealing with our Japanese colleagues, we are enjoying our fruitful partnership, however we learned to address interesting differences between both cultures over the time, including the way how we understand Research and Development, Innovation Culture, Communication, Presentations, Marketing/Exhibitions and Building Customer Relationships. My presentation will address some of those core challenges, as we feel that the awareness of those issues should be very helpful for robotic companies trying to establish business between Japan and Germany.

Director
Fraunhofer Insitute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF

Magdeburg, Germany

https://www.iff.fraunhofer.de/en.html

CONTENT OF SPEECH

Integrated technologies driving robots for the next industrial revolution

Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation is dedicated to applied research. We aim to transfer latest research from university to industrial practice. Aiming beyond the vision of industry 4.0, we integrate latest technology know-how to make value production human-centered and thus sustainable. Fraunhofer IFF combines latest research on sensor sytems, industrial internet-of-things-applications, logistics and cogntive assistance systems. Embedding energy management and energy infrastructure considerations, makes Fraunhofer IFF unique in the German research landscape. This overview talk will briefly introduces a selection of the IFF's robotics research: mobile robot swarms in aircraft assembly, safe human-robot coexistence and collaboration in the automotive industry and novel location-flexible assistance and inspection robots for the flexible production of the future.

Senior Researcher and Team Leader
Mechanics & Control / Humanoid Robotics Research
Robotics Innovation Center (RIC), German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH), 
Bremen, Germany
www.dfki.de

CONTENT OF SPEECH

Humanoid Robotics Research at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center

This talk will give a brief overview about DFKI Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) in Bremen, Germany and our research profile in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. In particular, the talk focuses on the humanoid robotics research at the institute and its first results in the VeryHuman project funded by BMBF. Lastly, it highlights collaboration possibilities between DFKI-RIC and Japan on humanoid technology and robotics in general.

Senior Manager
Eastern Germany / Structural Change 
Germany Trade & Invest 

Berlin, Germany
www.gtai.com/structural-change

NETWORKING CONTACT

Deputy Director
Eastern Germany / Structural Change 
Germany Trade & Invest 

Berlin, Germany
www.gtai.com/structural-change

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