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At the invitation of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, representatives of the national standardisation bodies, the ministry and experts from industry discussed Industrie 4.0 and electric mobility at this year’s session of the German-Chinese Standardisation Commission, which was held in Leipzig yesterday.

State Secretary Matthias Machnig said: "Internationally harmonised standards help to open up markets and remove barriers to trade. China is an important market for German firms. We therefore wish to further strengthen the cooperation between Germany and China in this field which has been built up over the last 11 years, and make further progress on specific standardisation issues between DIN and DKE, the private-sector German standardisation organisations, and SAC, China’s state standardisation body."

In the field of Industrie 4.0, the discussions focused on the reference architecture model, international standardisation, wireless communications, use cases/applications and - in particular - questions of IT security. A decision was taken to draft specific standards for this in a working group. Also, the respective national standardisation strategies are to be synchronised as far as possible in this context. In the field of electric mobility, an important role was played by questions of security, data exchange and the strategy for the further development of relevant standards in the field of battery technology. The reform of the Chinese Standardisation Act and potential effects on the competitiveness of German firms on the Chinese market were also discussed. Here, the German side stressed the great significance of international standardisation; isolated solutions and fenced-off markets should be avoided.