01 | 2015 | Automation & Industry 4.0

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"The current edition of the GC Ticker will provide you with insights into the core aspects, processes and future prospects of automation and Industry 4.0, and will explore how new advances in technology will effect everything from the way we manufacture products to the way we choose employees."

Lothar Herrmann - Chairman of the Board, GCC North China

GCT-01-2015

Cover Story 1 - Smoothing the Road to 4.0

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Ensuring that Industry 4.0 is Safe, Secure,
 and Running Smoothly

by XIAOLONG HU, Prof. Dr. HEIKO SEIF, and VERENA WEINZIERL

Industry 4.0 is an initiative by various academic and industrial institutions designed to provide innovative answers to the major questions of our future. In other words, the aim of Industry 4.0 is to find possible solutions in the areas of competitiveness for high-wage locations, resource and energy efficiency, demographic change, and urban production.

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Cover Story 2 - Manufacturing Tomorrow

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Introducing Industry 4.0

by BELUNN SE

Imagine, Someday in the Future:

You are working in a car factory. As soon as you arrive at work, you learn from the plant robotic assistant that the plant has received 10 new online orders, and the robotic assistant is now deploying a material plan and production plan according to the buyers’ specific configurations.

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Cover Story 3 - Production in a New Dimension

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How 3D Printing is Changing the Industrial Landscape

by STEFAN KRACHT

When the concept of additive manufacturing – better known as 3D printing – made its first appearance in the 1980s, the technology available was too expensive and simple to make it a commercially viable method of production.

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Cover Story 4 - Mr. Right's a Robot

HR in a New Era

by ROSANNA TERMINIO

China’s population is getting older fast. Economists expect that by 2050, China’s older population will likely swell to 330mn, or a quarter of the country’s total population. Many think China will reach the Lewis Turning point – a point where the rate of surplus labor is fully redistributed into the modern sector – in 2020.

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Cover Story 5 - Say Hello to Your Robot Friends

Tech Advances Mean that Robots are Going New Places

by CAITLIN WAGGONER

In 1965, Mr. Gordon E. Moore, one of the the cofounders of Intel, published a paper called “Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits.” In it, he wrote: “The complexity for minimum component costs has increased at a rate of roughly a factor of two per year.

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Cover Story 6 - The Assembly Line Cyborg

Oliver Herkommer on Industry 4.0 - and Beyond

by OLIVIA HELVADJIAN

Companies across the world, from BMW in China to Mercedes-Benz in the US, can attest to the quality of German expertise in industry: all of them have received consulting and engineering services from Ingenics.

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In the Spotlight - China is Not a One Way Street - Interview with Mr. Peter Rothen, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai

China is Not a One Way Street

Interview with Mr. Peter Rothen, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai

by PETRA KREUDER and OLIVIA HELVADJIAN

Mr. Peter Rothen took up the position of German Consul General in Shanghai in September 2014. As such, he is Germany's highest ranking official representative in his area of jurisdiction (Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui).

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Feature 1 - Telecom Services in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Big Benefits for Some Companies in the FTZ

by DR. ULRIKE GLUECK and ADA TONG

The telecommunication sectors in China have long been tightly regulated, and a number of restrictions apply to foreign investors. According to the Foreign Investment Industry Guidance Catalogue of 2011, telecom services, including value-added telecom services and basic telecom services, are categorized in the “restricted” category.

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Feature 2 - Economic Update 2015

Insights from the German Chamber on the State of China's Economy

by MAX J. ZENGLEIN

Clearly China’s economic development over the past 30 year has been magnificent. After a bumpy start in the 1980s, the reform and opening up process began to really take off in the 1990s.

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Feature 3 - Close up Shop or Turn It Around

Reassessing a Failing Business

by Dr. BREND-UWE STUCKEN

China is in the midst of a major transformation. Its old growth model — based on cheap exports — has reached the end of its life cycle, and a massive debt load created since the 2008 financial crisis leaves limited resources to stimulate the economy with further cash injections.

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Feature 4 - As the Market Matures, the Consumer Matures

Colin Currie on Running an International Sports Brand in China

by ANNIKA BEIFUSS

Some industries are made for engineers. Success depends on qualities that are objective and measurable: the reliability of component parts, the life of a battery, the effectiveness of an air purifier. In other fields, success can hinge on intangibles; there is no company that tests and certifies for “cool.”

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