1. THREE QUESTIONS FOR... Júlia de Andrade Bertazzi
Ms Bertazzi, Industrie 4.0 is an important topic within the German-Brazilian Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure. What are the main challenges and opportunities of Industrie 4.0 for Brazilian companies?
One of the critical challenges concerns our infrastructure, such as mobile networks and the internet, as the lack of better network coverage and connection speed are barriers to integration. Another difficulty is the old machinery in the industrial park for connecting and enabling interoperability into global value chains. Old machinery often poses challenges for companies to fully integrate into a digitalised Industrie 4.0 production chain. However, Brazil benefits from the opportunity to learn from the best practices, knowledge and experience of other countries, such as Germany. Together, they develop suitable solutions for both. To achieve integration, everyone must work together.
How does GPQI support the digital transformation of the Brazilian industry?
First, the working groups between the public and private sectors support the digital transformation of the Brazilian industry by providing a space for discussion and knowledge exchange. Moreover, there has been recent results in the elaboration of the Industrie 4.0 roadmap. This involves the development of technical notes on international standardisation and a quick guide on Global Production Language and retrofitting 4.0, aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Brazil. These are essential topics for the Brazilian industry.
What are the benefits for the industry of engaging in GPQI?
The progress in Industrie 4.0 increases if companies receive support from their government and their environment. Thanks to GPQI, the industry can share its needs and find partners with similar experiences and problems to work together towards a solution.
Moreover, political actors are part of the discussions. This enables better political decisions on laws and programmes to strengthen the private sector. It is especially important for SMEs, which have more difficulties in finding reliable information and partners for their Industrie 4.0 journey. GPQI is a great help for them in that process since it brings the business community into a dialogue with political authorities and specialist organisations.
Júlia de Andrade Bertazzi
OPC UA – The Global Production Language Roadshow
Argentina (Buenos Aires, 22-05-03) and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, 2022-05-05; São Paulo, 2022-05-09 and Joinville, 2022-05-12)
With the aim to present global trends in the field of machine connectivity and information exchange, our stakeholder, the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), is promoting a roadshow during May 2022 in collaboration with GPQI.
The event series is going to feature important debates on Global Production Language and interoperability, with a special focus on OPC-UA standards.
The roadshow is scheduled to occur physically in two countries: Argentina (Buenos Aires, 22-05-03) and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, 2022-05-05; São Paulo, 2022-05-09 and Joinville,2022-05-12). The events will be transmitted live so that participants can also take part online.
During the sessions, VDMA will guide through various presentations and interactions. The association has also invited local Industrie 4.0 experts who will share their expertise on crucial topics for the development of industry in digital ecosystems and globally networked value chains.
The event is aimed at companies of various sizes in the process industry, users and customers of industrial machinery and decision-makers in the area of digitalisation. The participation of associations and educational institutions is also expected.
Please check our website regularly for future updates.
Fourth event of the series of workshops: “Quality Infrastructure in railway systems: experiences in Mexico & Germany”
2022-04-28 09:00-11:30 (UTC – 5)/ 16:00 - 18:30 (CEST)
This is the fourth event of the series of virtual workshops “Quality Infrastructure in railway systems: experiences in Mexico & Germany”. This series is part of the project line “Cooperation on Quality Infrastructure in rail transport services” within the framework of the German-Mexican Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure, established between the Mexican Ministry of Economy (Secretaría de Economía - SE) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz - BMWK).
In this event, experts will exchange Mexican and German/European perspectives on the regulations, standards and best practices regarding railway operation. The dial-in details for the virtual meeting, as well as the agenda, will be sent to the registered persons before the date of the event.
Please register here.
3. NEWS FROM OUR PARTNER COUNTRIES
BMWK monthly report features GPQI
The illustrations show the different QI elements. © Orlando Hoetzel / BMWK
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) has published its monthly report for March 2022 “Schlaglichter der Wirtschaftspolitk". This time, the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) is in the focus. The article “Dialogues for innovation and trade - common rules and standards in product safety promote international trade" highlights the activities and the importance of GPQI in detail. Read more...
Indonesian business representatives discuss the harmonisation of standards
GPQI and KADIN jointly organised the business exchange. © GPQI-GIZ
Internationally harmonised standards and technical requirements provide consistency for businesses. This is especially important when it comes to complying with import-export requirements. To develop a well-functioning quality infrastructure, it is crucial to include the concerns and expertise of the business community. Therefore, GPQI and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) hosted a virtual business exchange. Read more...
Successful 8th Annual Meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on QI
Director General Dr Brönstrup (BMWK) and Secretary Singh (MoCAF&PD) signed the Work Plan 2022. © GIZ-GPQI
The 8th Annual Meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure took place on 16 February 2022 with more than 150 participants. During the virtual event, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (MoCAF&PD) signed the Work Plan 2022. It sets new goals for cooperation in the field of quality infrastructure. Read more..
German-Mexican exchange on best practices for railway systems
Experts exchanged experiences and best practices regarding railway infrastructure in the first workshop. © GPQI-GIZ
In the initial three workshops of the series “Quality Infrastructure in railway systems: experiences in Mexico and Germany”, experts exchanged their key strategies, best practices as well as views on cutting-edge technologies. Topics included railway infrastructure, rolling stock, signalling and control systems. The aim of the workshops is to identify opportunities for the harmonisation of Mexican technical regulations and standards with international standards. Read more...
Inmetro launches its regulatory model
Representatives of the Brazilian government and the private sector at the presentation of the regulatory model. © GPQI-GIZ
Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) launched its revised regulatory model. On 25 February 2022, it was presented in a hybrid ceremony in Brasilia. The model shapes a new regulatory framework which is more aligned with international best practices. It serves as a guideline for regulating products under Inmetro’s competence, such as toys and electrical equipment. Read more...
Factsheet: The Automotive Sector in Indonesia
The cover page of the factsheet on the automotive sector in Indonesia. © GIZ-GPQI
The factsheet “The Automotive sector in Indonesia” was developed in the framework of the German-Indonesian Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure. It informs about the main regulations and developments in the Indonesian automotive sector in recent years – with a focus on e-mobility. In Indonesia, e-mobility is becoming more and more important. Therefore, regulations have been introduced in the last three years to promote the e-mobility market. Find out more about the current state of the automotive and e-mobility market in Indonesia.
The factsheet is available for download.
German translation of the publication "United in Quality and Safety"
The cover page of the BMWK publication "Gemeinsam für Qualität und Sicherheit". © BMWK
The publication "United in Quality and Safety" is now available in German under the title "Gemeinsam für Qualität und Sicherheit - eine Einführung in die Qualitätsinfrastruktur in Deutschland und der Europäischen Union für politische Entscheidungstragende und Handelspartner". It illustrates how QI institutions in Germany and the EU work together. It provides an overview of the different QI elements and explains the system of product legislation in Germany and the EU. Using concrete products as examples, the publication helps to understand how QI contributes to high-quality, compliant products and services.
The publication is available for download.
5. JOB OPPORTUNITIES
We are hiring! Join our team as (junior) advisor in the field of law for international cooperation with a focus on trade.
You will be based in Eschborn from June 2022 until December 2023 and support our team in advising the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz and GPQI stakeholders. You will analyse legislative and regulatory measures and developments at EU level in Germany as well as in the GPQI partner countries. A law degree as well as excellent German and English skills are required.
Apply until 19 April. Find more information here.