Global Vision: Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Schneider Electric

Interview with Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO Schneider Electric (2009). Energy consumption is expected to double by 2050, greenhouse gas emission must be halved in the same time period and generation, transmission and consumption will need to become 4 times more efficient. Schneider provides concrete technology solutions to reduce energy consumption by 30% in existing buildings and up to 70% in new buildings. Schneider Electric believes that the IEC is their best partner to drive the development of future International Standards and to allow them to compete efficiently in a global market.

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Global Vision: Keith E. Williams, Underwriters Laboratories

In the 21st century, green safety is as important as were electrical safety and fire safety to the 20th century. Standards provide a competitive edge to companies to limit unfair competition, achieve significant cost-savings, and simplify access to many more markets. Underwriters Laboratories believes that the IEC represents the opportunity to harmonize standards globally so that manufacturers can make one product and serve all the world markets in a manner that will be safe to the planet and human kind.

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Global Vision: Matthias Kurth, Federal Network Agency

In this IEC Global Visions interview, Matthias Kurth, President Federal Network Agency (March 2010), shares why he believes in standardization and how IEC International Standards help his agency to accelerate the convergence and renovation of the Energy, Telecommunications, Transport and Postal Sectors in Germany and in Europe. Why standards are necessary to get competitors to cooperate on common goals and to stimulate investments in new technologies and safeguard industry and consumer needs. How they can help avoid island solutions and promote interoperability of products and networks.

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Global Vision: Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell Automation

In this IEC Global Visions interview, Keith Nosbusch, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation (until 2016), shares how smarter manufacturing increases global competitiveness. He underlines that IEC International Standards help improve plant safety and enhance product reliability and quality. They also allow companies to become more sustainable by lowering their energy consumption and improving waste management, which in turn helps reduce cost.

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Global Vision: Franz Fehrenbach, Robert Bosch GmbH

In this IEC Global Visions interview, Franz Fehrenbach, Chairman, Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH, shares why he strongly believes that it is a big mistake for any company not to participate in international standardization work or to develop products with different standards in different markets. He further explains the philosophy that has driven Bosch since its founder’s days and how the company has always tried to have a long-term orientation, striking a balance between business, society and the environment to achieve sustainability.

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Global Vision: Dr Naoya Takahashi, Hitachi Systems, Ltd.

In this IEC Global Visions interview, Dr Naoya Takahashi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi Systems, Ltd., shares why Hitachi believes that a concerted effort and collaboration of many companies results in the faster development of the global technical rules his industry needs. Why it is necessary for globally active companies to not only use international standards, but actively participate in the standardization process and how this can lead to new opportunities and helps build enterprise. Dr Takahashi further explains Hitachi’s engagement in Social Innovation Business and how his company plans to contribute to the reduction of 100 million tons of CO2 annually, by 2025.

The interview is also available in Japanese.

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Global Vision: Wolfhart Hauser, Intertek Group

In this IEC Global Visions interview, Wolfhart Hauser, CEO of Intertek (until 2015), shares why conformity assessment is becoming more important and at the same time more complex. Why Intertek participates in the IEC standards setting process and how IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems can help reduce complexity, speed up market access, reduce costs and add agility. He also shares how Intertek developed a concept for global conformity assessment that is now used by major testing organizations around the world.

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Global Vision: Dr Kazuo Kyuma, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

In this IEC Global Visions interview, Dr Kazuo Kyuma, Executive Vice President and Group President Semiconductor & Device (June 2010), shares how the particular climate and environment of Japan has helped Mitsubishi Electric to build quality products that fit every need and region in the world. He underlines the importance of delivering the right level of quality to achieve customer satisfaction and keep products accessible. Dr Kyuma further outlines how the company’s participation in IEC standardization work helps it define the right level of quality, which in turn builds customer trust and corporate success.

This interview is also available in Japanese.

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Global Vision: Sandy Butterfield, Boulder Wind Power

In this IEC Global Visions interview, Sandy Butterfield, Founding CEO and CTO of Boulder Wind Power, a pioneer in the US wind industry, provides insights into the key factors that allowed this industry to develop. He explains how international standardization allows his company to sell products globally, stimulates innovation, increases stakeholder confidence and the ability to obtain financing.

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Global Vision: Thomas S. Gross, Eaton

Thomas Gross, Chief Operating Officer of Eaton, one of the largest power management companies globally, explains why most of the major global challenges, and the markets that emerge around them, depend directly on the ability to connect solutions from different suppliers. The transition from products to total solutions requires interoperability and other standards. Eaton wants to be a leader in these transformations. That’s why Eaton and, for that matter hundreds of other companies work in the IEC and sit at the table where the rules for global trade are written. They understand that leaving this up to the competition would jeopardize their company’s future.

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