‘Industrie 4.0’ has been discussed on a wide scale since it has first been coined nearly 10 years ago. Up until today, digitization, interoperability of machines and devices, as well as information transparency have become huge assets and indispensable processes within our Japanese and German economy. In order to stay competitive, companies invest an increasing amount of budget in R&D, cutting-edge technologies and training of employees as being an innovation driver in this field is of high strategic importance.

Have companies lived up to the concept of Industrie 4.0 yet? What has changed to the positive already, which visions are labelled unachievable just now or had to be put aside even? Which further steps need to be taken in order to maximize profit, flexibility and efficiency yet minimize expenditure and error rate? How could Japanese and German players benefit from strong cross-border cooperation?

We look forward to being hosted by a Japanese manufacturer of industrial robots and to getting the insights and expertise with a short speech. Furthermore, we will experience the direct connection of R&D and its practicability by visiting Yaskawa’s Academy as interface of knowledge and application.


Armin Schlenk has been Director Marketing for YASKAWA Europe since 2013. In this role, he is responsible for Marketing in EMEA for Robotics, Drives Motion Controls and Environmental Energy. He started at YASKAWA in 2010 as General Manager Marketing for Drives and Motion. In the last 8 years he took over responsibilities for Marketing Robotics and was responsible for Sales for Drives and Motion in EMEA region. Armin Schlenk is active in the IFR (International Federation of Robotics) and has the European lead for the YASKAWA Innovation Program to form collaborative partnerships with start-up companies. Before joining YASKAWA he worked for more than 20 years for Parker Hannifin in different roles in Marketing, Product Management and Strategic Pricing. Mr. Schlenk has a Graduate Engineer (Diplom-Ingenieur) in electrical engineering from Hochschule Offenburg.


Yoshitaka Tsunoda
Deputy Consul General
Consulate General of Japan in Frankfurt

Norbert Gauß
President, Drives Motion Control Division
Managing Director, YASKAWA Europe GmbH


08:00 – Registration, Networking
08:45 – Welcome, Breakfast
09:00 – Speech, Q&A
09:30 – Discussion
10:00 – AcademyTour “Behind the Scenes”
11:00 – Close


DJW members: EUR 0 / JPY 0
Non members: EUR 35 / JPY 5,000

Bank details will be provided with an invoice after registration is completed.