German-Indonesian Forum on Standardisation for Industrie 4.0


On 23 November 2023, various stakeholders and policymakers from Indonesia and Germany came together for the German-Indonesian Forum for Industrie 4.0. The aim was to plan further steps for collaboration, by identifying best practices from industrial implementation and lessons learned from standards development in both countries.

Participants of the German-Indonesian Forum on Standardisation for Industrie 4.0 . © GPQI-GIZ

GPQI in collaboration with the Center for Optimizing the Utilization of Industrial Technology and Industrial Services Policy (POPTIKJI) of the Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry (MoI) organised the German-Indonesian Forum on Standardisation for Industrie 4.0. More than 58 representatives from industry, associations, academics, and policymakers participated in person and many more online. Participants discussed the development of Industrie 4.0 standards and mapped out collaboration points between the two countries.


Mr Jens Brinckmann of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), Mr Ronggolawe Sahuri, the Head of POPTIKJI of MoI, and the Head of the GPQI Project in Indonesia, Ms Juliane Spangenberg opened the forum. The forum featured Industrie 4.0 experts from Germany and Indonesia. Mr Dhuha Abdul Aziz, Assistant Vice President at PT Bio Farma and Mr Fadli Hamsani, Chairman of the Indonesian Industrial Digital Transformation Council (WANTRII) moderated the hybrid event at the Westin Jakarta Hotel.


Fostering the ecosystem for Industrie 4.0

The forum highlighted the need to build a supportive ecosystem around Industrie 4.0. Mr Sahuri mentioned the importance of collaboration between Indonesia and Germany. According to him, cooperation in the field of Industrie 4.0 standardisation policies could also accelerate the implementation of the “Making Indonesia 4.0” roadmap. This initiative aims to introduce Industrie 4.0 technologies to Indonesia's key industrial sectors and expand the digital economy.


Policymakers underlined the need for an Industrie 4.0 ecosystem in the context of the twin transition. Requirements for industrial resilience, circular economy and CO2 neutrality would affect all parts of the global value chain. Therefore, interoperable, and open data spaces with clear standards to identify sustainability, resiliency and efficiency potentials in industrial processes would be needed.


Promoting international standardisation for Industrie 4.0

Internationally recognised standards such as ISO and IEC play a central role in accelerating the implementation of Industrie 4.0. Matthias Gommel from SIEMENS AG and Toto Suharto, President Director of SKF Indonesia agreed that a step-by-step application of selected standards could accelerate digitalisation and the implementation of Industrie 4.0 technologies.


Ms Mayastria Yektiningtyas, from the Directorate of Mechanical, Energy, Electrotechnics, Transportation and Information Technology Development explained Indonesia’s involvement in the international implementation of Industrie 4.0. In Indonesia, the National Standardisation Agency (Badan Standarisasi Nasional - BSN) coordinates Indonesia’s participation in the IEC and ISO Technical Committees related to Industrie 4.0. She also explained that Indonesia has adopted several international standards that can be referenced for Industrie 4.0 such as cybersecurity for IT/OT, including the SNI ISO/IEC 27000 series and SNI IEC 62443 series.


Further, Ms Yektiningtyas emphasised the importance of assessing readiness and capability of human resources According to her, Indonesia could take inspiration from Germany's 'Open Door SME' program. This program offers opportunities for Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to implement Industrie 4.0 standards. Dr Marvin Böll, Project Manager at the Standardisation Council Industrie 4.0 and the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE), added that 5th version of the German Roadmap Standardization Industrie 4.0 would offer various options for German SMEs to adopt standardisation for digital manufacturing processes.


Industrie 4.0 transformation journey with international standards

To initiate the implementation of international standards for Industrie 4.0,  Gommel suggested a ‘learning by doing’ approach. He named the Digital Nameplate (IEC 63365), ID link (IEC 61406) and Asset Administration Shell (IEC 63278) as examples. Those could help to save paper resources and digitalise product documentation.


Johannes Olbort from the Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers Association (VDMA) added that the transformation towards Industrie 4.0 would need two levels of involvement: at the management level and the workforce level. He stated that, VDMA would seek to involve both the board of directors and workers, experts, and engineers to agree on the ideas and benefits of implementing Industrie 4.0.


In conclusion, Industrie 4.0 standardisation could contribute to a better, interconnected and more efficient quality infrastructure (QI) system.


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Overall, the forum brought together multiple perspectives from various stakeholders. The exchange enabled stronger cooperation between Indonesia and Germany in the field of QI, specifically standards for Industrie 4.0.


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