TAIPEI, Taiwan – Together with the Taiwanese Smart Machinery Promotion Office, the German Trade Office Taipei (GTO) organized the “5th Taiwan-Germany Smart Machinery Online Forum” on September 9, 2020. The forum was co-organized by the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), and the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs (IDB) acted as advisory unit.
To establish a close, cooperative relationship and to improve the performance and quality of PET linear fully electric high-speed blow molding machines with a new generation of Industry 4.0 solutions, Beckhoff Automation Taiwan and ChumPower Machinery officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the forum.
Guests of honor were Mr. Jang-Hwa Leu, Director General of the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs; Mr. Alex Ko, Chairman of the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry; as well as Mr. Jimmy Chu, Co Chairman of the Taiwan Germany Joint Business Council and Chairman of the Fair Friend Group, all of whom delivered welcoming remarks. Dr. Winfried Horstmann, Director General of the Department of Industrial Policy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Abteilung Industriepolitik Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) and Klaus-Peter Wilsch, member of the German federal parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) and Chairman of the German Taiwanese Parliamentary Friendship Group, joined the forum via video.
“We hold the Taiwan-Germany Smart Machinery Forum for the fifth consecutive year. The signing of the MoU between Beckhoff and ChumPower Machinery proves that German and Taiwanese companies are perfect partners that complement each other when developing innovative Industry 4.0 solutions,” stated Axel Limberg, Chief Representative and Executive Director of the GTO during his opening remarks. He further emphasized, “Broadcasting this forum online is a great way to bring German and Taiwanese experts together in times of travel restrictions. We are delighted to contribute to the continuation of bilateral exchange that is crucial to jointly develop the future of smart manufacturing.
Six renowned experts from Beckhoff Automation Taiwan, ChumPower Machinery, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Siemens Taiwan Ltd., TÜV Rheinland Greater China, and Yeong Chin Machinery delivered keynote speeches in which they discussed the role smart manufacturing platforms, system integration maximizing value, as well as smart manufacturing technology trends.
The event closed with a panel discussion moderated by Kuo Chin Chuang, Honorary Chairman at Far East Machinery Industry Co., Ltd., and Executive Director of the GTO Mr. Limberg. The focus of the discussion lay on the impacts of ongoing trade disputes and the COVID-19 pandemic on global supply chains and business opportunities arising from these challenges.