German Business Seminar
Logistics 4.0 in Germany / NRW: Leading Europe’s Economic Recovery with Resilience and Innovation”

Date: 25th September 2020 (Fri.)

Time: 16.00h – 18:30h (JST), i.e. 09.00h – 11.30h (CEST) 

Location: Hybrid (Japanese speakers and experts on-site /  German speakers and all attendees online via Zoom)

Participation Fee: free of charge

Language: Japanese / English (Simultaneous interpretation)

Hosted by: NRW.INVEST GmbH / NRW Japan K.K. 

Co-hosted by: German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) 

Supported by: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan / German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (DIHKJ) /  Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)

Registration: Please Register (latest by 21st. September)

Please Refer to the Website of The NRW JAPAN K.K. for further information


Logistics 4.0 with its state-of-the-art technology and data management are the foundation of a strong, resilient transport and logistics infrastructure and the efficiency of global supply chains which enable companies to serve their customer needs even in times of crisis. Germany / NRW, Japan and the US are leaders in Logistics 4.0, with major players in logistics services, technology and e-commerce leading the business recovery. All major players in this industry have a presence in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s leading Japanese business hub and stronghold of logistics in Germany. 

NRW.INVEST GmbH, the Economic Development Agency of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and NRW Japan K.K., its Japanese subsidiary serving Japanese companies in their investment plans and business set-up in Germany, invite you to the German Business Seminar “Logistics 4.0 in Germany / NRW: Leading Europe’s Economic Recovery with Resilience and Innovation”. Speakers from Fraunhofer IML Research Institute, Daifuku Co. Ltd., Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting, Inc., flaschenpost SE and NRW.INVEST will share their views and insights.


A researcher from the Fraunhofer IML is going to hold a Keynote Speech at this online event.


  • Opening Remarks: Georg K. Löer, Representative Director & President, NRW JAPAN K.K.
  • Presentation: NRW: Logistics Competence of World Renown
    Astrid Becker, General Manager Asia, Australia, South America, NRW.INVEST GmbH
  • Keynote Speech: Insights from Applied Research and the Role of SMEs
    Dr.-Ing. Matthias Parlings, Head of the Department Supply Chain Development & Strategy, Fraunhofer Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik IML
  • Presentation: Case Study – Success Story in Logistik 4.0 from NRW (tbc) 
    Christopher Messina, Head of Supply Chain Management, flaschenpost SE 
  • Presentation: Evolution of Case Loading Solutions 
    Hiroshi Nobuta, Managing Officer, Intralogistics, Daifuku Co., Ltd.
  • Presentation: Trends of Logistics Automation in Japan
    Dr. Fumihiko Inoue, Senior Consultant, Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting, Inc.
  • Q&A Session followed by Meet & Greet Lounge