Spotlight on innovation and reinvention as 3,500 technology experts converge on Frankfurt

IEC 80th General Meeting, Frankfurt 2016
IEC 80th General Meeting, Frankfurt 2016

Geneva, Switzerland/ Frankfurt, Germany 2016-10-06 – More than 3,500 experts from over 70 countries are due in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 14 October, 2016, to discuss and develop the technical foundation for innovation and sustainability. They are participating in the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) 80th General Meeting organized by the IEC National Committee of Germany, DKE.

In electrotechnology, harmonized technical rules are more important today than ever before. Electrical and electronic goods represent 17.7% of all goods traded globally. The IEC brings together 98% world population and 96% of world energy generation. Via its global, neutral and independent platform, the work of the IEC enables international cooperation and helps to level the playing field.

Today the IEC brings people within highly competitive industries to the table and they work together to help address global challenges such as climate change, universal energy access, digitalization of manufacturing and cybersecurity threats.

IEC General Secretary and CEO, Frans Vreeswijk says, “The IEC has been connecting communities since its foundation in 1906. Stakeholders from every industrialized and most developed countries actively support the IEC. Germany and other countries that participate in the IEC use IEC International Standards as a strategic tool to grow their exports and stay competitive in the world market.”

“Technology and consequently standardization work is entering a new era, as data and digitalization are fundamentally changing how communication occurs and how people work. Systems of increasing complexity require large integrated technology solutions. In addition, the rise of global value chains has fragmented production processes. Products are no longer “made in a country”; they are “made in the world”.

About the IEC 80th General Meeting, Frankfurt 2016 #IECGM16
The IEC 80th General Meeting will be opened on Monday, 20 October, 2016 in Frankfurt Festival Hall by Dr Junji Nomura, IEC President and member of the management board at Panasonic Corporation; together with Roland Bent, Chairman of the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE and member of the management board at Phoenix Contact; and Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary responsible for information technology and foreign trade at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

On Tuesday 11 October, the world’s highest honour in electrotechnology, the Lord Kelvin Award, will be awarded to Uwe Kampet, Senior Expert Technical Regulation and Standardization, from BSH Home Appliances.

The topics for the 80th IEC General Meeting range from Industry 4.0, Renewable Energies, microgrids, cybersecurity, digitilization, wearables and Smart Energy.


Invitation for the media
You are cordially invited to the official opening ceremony in Frankfurt Festival Hall on Monday 10 October at 6 pm, which will be attended by leading representatives from politics, science and industry.

You are also cordially invited to the Reinvention Laboratory. For further information, please refer to the programme on If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Melanie Unseld, VDE press contact, on

Further information
Gabriela Ehrlich
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Skype: gabriela.ehrlich

About the IEC
The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes globally relevant International Standards for all electric and electronic devices and systems. It brings together 169 countries, representing 98% of the world population and 96% of world energy generation. More than 20 000 experts cooperate on the global IEC platform and many more in each member country. They ensure that products work everywhere safely and efficiently with each other. The IEC also supports all forms of conformity assessment and administers four Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that components, equipment and systems used in homes, offices, healthcare facilities, public spaces, transportation, manufacturing, explosive environments and during energy generation conform to them.

IEC work covers a vast range of technologies: power generation (including all renewable energy sources), transmission, distribution, Smart Grid & Smart Cities, batteries, home appliances, office and medical equipment, all public and private transportation, semiconductors, fibre optics, nanotechnology, multimedia, information technology, and more. It also addresses safety, EMC, performance and the environment.

About DKE
The DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE, which operates in the responsibility of the VDE, creates standards and safety specifications for the electrical, electronic and information technologies. It represents German interests in the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Around 3,500 experts from business, science and administration produce the VDE collection of standards in the DKE. Today the VDE standards are based primarily on European standards, about 80% of which are the result of the international standardization work by the IEC.

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