Globally engineered – locally competitive

IEC helps companies to compete more efficiently and globally

By Gabriela Ehrlich

IEC Global Visions enables industry leaders such as Bosch, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric and Intertek, and research institutes such as AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), to express why they support active participation in IEC work.

Delivering the tools that allow industry to reach the globe. Delivering the tools that allow industry to reach the globe.

Facing challenges

Over the past months, the IEC has continued interviewing global leaders from industry and governmental institutions about the challenges they face and how their involvement with the IEC helps them to run their businesses more efficiently.

Don’t wait for a standard to be decided and then become a user. Participating in the standardization process helps accelerate your business… Hitachi wants to actively participate in global standard setting for any standard that is related to Hitachi products and activities.

Dr Naoya Takahashi,
 Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi Ltd

All of them agree: participation in IEC standardization work and making use of the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems allows them to accelerate innovation.

They can move faster and spend less money bringing new products to market.

Interoperability and safety built in to products

Not to participate in international standardization – for any company – is a big mistake. I think this is really short-term thinking. You have to imagine what kind of double work you have to do, what kind of additional efforts you have to spend when you have different standards in different markets. You can use these efforts much better for real development instead of producing different products according to different standards in different markets.

Franz Fehrenbach,
 Chairman, Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH

The increasing complexity of supply chains means that it can be a challenge to build the right levels of quality, safety, performance and interoperability into any given product.

Since IEC International Standards ensure that interoperability and safety are inbuilt and applicable on a global scale, companies are able to optimize production and supply the right level of product quality specific to each region and customer.

Safe and efficient product functionality does not necessarily imply that every possible feature has to be included: in hot regions, resistance to extreme humidity may be indispensable, while the requirement to function accurately in severe cold may be superfluous.

Remaining competitive while cooperating globally

If you had asked me thirty years ago, when I was working in the industry, what I thought of standards, I might have said that standardization is not necessary and that it hinders technological advancement. However, we now live in a time where speed is very important… in this context, standards play a very important role and help promote innovation and allow Japanese companies to compete more efficiently.

Dr Tamotsu Nomakuchi,
 President AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology) and Chair of the Technology Council of JISC (Japanese Industrial Standards Committee)

All of the companies we interviewed confirmed that their participation in standardization work allows them to stay competitive, while advance knowledge of the relevant standards under development allows them to anticipate changes that will be required. It also helps them to assess the competition, avoid duplication and not waste money and resources on unnecessary product variations.

High-level standards take into account global relevance and the best of them are the result of discussions between many people from different companies and backgrounds that bring the right level of expertise and experience to the table.

Dr Kazuo Kyuma,
 Executive Vice President and Group President Semiconductor & Device, Mitsubishi Electric

With the convergence of technologies, the acceleration of innovation and the growing need for cooperation on challenges that span the globe, industry leaders increasingly are looking to the IEC to deliver the tools that allow them to reach the globe.

Message to other industry leaders

IEC Global Visions is about what industry leaders would tell a company that is not actively involved in IEC standardization work.

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Delivering the tools that allow industry to reach the globe. Delivering the tools that allow industry to reach the globe.