Talk at World Manufacturing Convention (WMC) 2018 in Hefei China – Made in China 2025

I will give a talk on “Let the Industry 4.0 experts talk – A revolution from Germany to unleash your people’s full potential” at the 2018 World Manufacturing Convention in Hefei China on May 25 2018. I think this is a perfect opportunity to share some insights about China’s ambitious Made in China 2025 program and the convention itself.

What is the World Manufacturing Convention (WMC)?

The World Manufacturing Convention 2018 (WMC) takes place at May 24-26 at the Hefei Binhu International Exhibition & Convention Center in Anhui Province. The convention brings together around 2,000 participants from international and Chinese manufacturing corporations. This will include both large corporate but also many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The conference organizers expect more than 200 Fortune 500 companies and other advanced foreign manufacturers to attend, making it one of the largest smart manufacturing conventions globally – another major one being Hannover Messe in Germany.

What is Made in China 2025?

Manufacturing is undergoing a fundamental revolution worldwide. Manufacturing itself has to become ‘smarter’, relying on technology such as the internet, cloud computing and big data. In China, Premier Li Keqiang and his cabinet put forward the grand plan of “Made in China 2025 (中国制造2025)” for the first time in the Government Work Report in March 2015.

This plan was further approved by the State Council of China. It is often described as an “initiative to comprehensively upgrade Chinese industry” directly inspired by the German efforts on Industry 4.0. The overall goal is to move China up in the value chain. The plan involves roughly 5 pillars:

  • 质量为先 – Quality first
  • 创新驱动 – Innovation
  • 绿色发展 – Green development
  • 结构优化 – Structural optimization
  • 人才为本 – Human capital / Talent orientation

The Made in China 20205 plan highlights 10 priority sectors: 1) New advanced information technology 2) Automated machine tools & robotics 3) Aerospace and aeronautical equipment 4) Maritime equipment and high-tech shipping 5) Modern rail transport equipment 6) New-energy vehicles and equipment 7) Power equipment 8) Agricultural equipment 9) New materials as well as 10) Biopharma and advanced medical products.

What was my talk about?

While a lot of effort in Industry 4.0 and Made in China 2025 is put into upgrading machinery equipment my talk made the point that upgrading machinery is easy but the real game changer questions is: How will you educate your employees to be ready for Made in China 2025 and Industry 4.0? Because that is the hard part.

Made in China 2025 Framework, prepared for World Manufacturing Convention 2018


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Some impressions of the talk and the World Manufacturing Convention

About the author:

Dr. Thomas Reinbacher is a computer scientist and management consultant and works as independent adviser in Munich and Beijing. If you want to work with me please find me on