ARC's 22nd Annual Industry Forum in Japan Goes Virtual
Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities

September 15-16, 2020 - Online

The transformation is underway.  Discover strategies and stories from the digital front lines, powered by ARC's research. 

The wave of digital transformation has begun to permeate various fields – from the introduction of new manufacturing technology, to the reform of daily operations, to the creation of new business models. At the same time, we are entering an era in which we seek a new balance between technological innovation and safe, secure and stable operations by responding to the serious effects of pandemic-type new coronavirus infectious diseases.

In light of this background, this year’s ARC Industrial Forum in Japan 2020 has organized efforts towards both digital transformation, and how to institute coronavirus countermeasures such as remote operation support.  We will discuss the development trends of the emerging manufacturing architectures and supply chain logistics that have evolved from automation to autonomous operation, and advanced cases in Japan and overseas with the goal of achieving the smart factory.

Accelerate Industrial and Municipal TransformationWe will also discuss variety of topics in two days. How will disruptive technologies change existing products, plants, and cities?  Can cybersecurity threats be overcome?  How will machine learning, artificial intelligence, and open source solutions transform operations?  How will a digitally-enhanced workforce stem the loss of tribal knowledge?  How do connected products create opportunities in aftermarket services?  What steps can organizations take to foster innovative thinking?

Join us at the 22nd Annual ARC Industry Forum Japan 2020 to learn more about how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike. This year, we will hold an online format using GoToWebinar for two days event as part of measures against coronavirus infection. Discover what your peers and industry leaders are doing today and what steps they are taking in their respective journeys. 

Please be aware, unlike the usual ARC Japan Forum, all programs will be conducted in the Japanese language only; no English interpretation services will be available for international attendees.

Who Should Attend

  • CEOs, COOs, and Presidents
  • CIOs and CTOs
  • VPs and Directors of IT
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Operations
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Supply Chain
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Manufacturing
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Engineering
  • Plant Managers and Supervisors
  • Production Managers and Supervisors

Forum Programs

  • Digital Transformation Journey
  • Cybersecurity and Safety
  • Digital Twins and Connected Smart Machines 
  • Industrial IoT Platforms, Edge Infrastructure and End Devices
  • Automation Innovations 
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Smart Factory and Smart Plant
  • Smart Cities/Communities


Following is the preliminary schedule for the forum.  Time and sessions are subject to change

Tuesday, September 15

Session 1:  Global Trends and Visions
​10:00 AM Welcome Note, ARC Advisory Group
10:05 AM Keynote Presentation 1: “Digital Transformation Challenges in Sumitomo Chemical - How We Drive DX as a Chemical Manufacturing Industry"
Shogo Kaneko, General Manager, Digital & Data Science Innovation Dept., Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
10:30 AM Keynote Presentation 2: "The Future of Logistics - Logistics Digital Transformation”
Toshihide Itoh, Associate Managing Officer, CIO (Chief Information Officer), Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG), Toyota Industries Corporation
11:00 AM “Time for the Innovation ― Introducing the Latest Digital Transformation Case Study”
Masaki Kogure, Country Manager, AVEVA K.K.
11:30 AM Morning Session Panel Discussion and Q&A
  Lunch Break

Session 2: Automation Architecture, Platform, and Covid-19 Measures

2:00 PM “Future Automation Architectures: Everything Software? Everything Virtualized?”
David Humphrey,  Director of Research, ARC Advisory Group
“How the Corona Virus Impacts Everything!”
Florian Güldner, Director of Research, ARC Advisory Group
2:30 PM "Digital Transformation of the Oil and Gas Industry During COVID 19"
Cindy Crow, Global Oil & Gas Industry Principal, OSIsoft LLC
3:00 PM "Industrial Analytics and Machine Learning: Accelerating Insights and Impact"
Daisuke Kuriu, Manager, Digital Transformation Center, Mitsui Knowledge Industry Co., Ltd. (for SEEQ)
3:30 PM “Trends in Visualization of Advanced Control Systems by User Cases: From Control Rooms to Remote Monitoring and Cloud”
Yoshie Hashima, President and Representative Director, SL Japan Corporation
4:00 PM Afternoon Session Panel Discussion and Q&A

Wednesday, September 16

Session 3:  Smart Factory
​10:00 AM Keynote Presentation 3: “Roadmap for Practical Use of Continuous Manufacturing Systems ‘iFactory’ by 2030”
Takao Saito,  Chairman, Takasago Chemical Corporation
10:30 AM “The Next-Generation Robot Controller Realized in an Integrated Development Environment”
Yosuke Sawada, Director, FA - Robot Business Unit, Solution Business Promotion Div., Denso Wave Incorporated
11:00 AM “Module Type Package: Don’t Scale Up… Number Up!”
David Humphrey,  Director of Research, ARC Advisory Group
“Update on the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF)”
Harry Forbes, Director of Research, Automation, ARC Advisory Group
11:30 AM Morning Session Panel Discussion and Q&A
  Lunch Break

Session 4: Smart Factory, Part 2

2:00 PM YOKOGAWA Workshop 1
“Yokogawa Factory Engineers Realizing Digital Transformation Talk About their Experiences - Introduction to Actual Experiences to Tackle Issues at the Factory Level”
Makoto Endo, Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Div., Technology Development Dept., Yokogawa Manufacturing Corporation
2:30 PM YOKOGAWA Workshop 2
“Innovation in Manufacturing Enabling the Following of Business Changes - Kaizen Activity from the Point of View of the Four Elements of Production (Machine, Method, Material, Human)”
Keiji Sato, General Manager, Solution Business Div., Connected Industries Business Dev. Center, Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation
3:00 PM “Industrial Data Refining: New Sources of Revenue for Digital Production (But Only Valid with TRUSTED Data)”
Andrey Suvorov, CEO, Adaptive Production Technology, Russia
3:30 PM Afternoon Session Panel Discussion and Q&A

Featured Keynote Speakers

The following executives will give the Forum's Keynote Presentations.

Shogo Kaneko

Shogo KanekoGeneral Manager, Digital & Data Science Innovation Dept.
Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.

Mr. Kaneko is a leader in promoting data science and digital transformation (DX) activities across the company in his current position since 2019. Upon obtaining a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, he joined Sumitomo Chemical in 2003, where his career started in production technology and process development as a process engineer. After 13 years’ experience in production sites, moving to the head office, he worked on the planning of digitalization in the manufacturing factory, today known as the “smart factory,” for the next three years, from 2016.

Toshihide Itoh

Toshihide ItohAssociate Managing Officer, CIO, Toyota Material Handling Group
Toyota Industries Corporation

Mr. Itoh joined Toyota Industries Corporation in 1992 after working at another company. Experienced in logistics systems’ technology engineering, system engineering, advanced technology engineering, and forklift trucks engineering, he has responsibility for accelerating DX, IoT, AI, and automation technology and for expanding the global business model of logistics digital solutions.

Takao Saito

Takao SaitoChairman
Takasago Chemical Corporation

Mr. Saito received a Ph.D of Engineering from Osaka University in 1996. He is a Chairman of Takasago Chemical Corporation, a Fellow of Takasago International Corporation, CEO of iFactory Inc., Project Leader of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and a board member of Flow Science and Technology consortium (FlowST).

List of Executive Speakers

To Register

Forum Fee

The forum fee is US$500 if registered by September 8, 2020.  After that date the fee is US$1000.  

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitutions may be made at any time at no additional charge. The registration fee is fully refundable up to three weeks prior to the Forum date. A 50% cancellation fee will be assessed after that date. All cancellations must be received in writing.


Please be aware, unlike the usual ARC Japan Forum, all programs will be conducted in the Japanese language only; no English interpretation services will be available for international attendees.

To register for the Forum please register here.

Once you complete your registration, you will receive a Registration confirmation mail immediately. Otherwise, your registration is not complete.

If you need registration support or have questions about registration, please e-mail [email protected]

Speaking Opportunities

For information on nominating a speaker for the forum, please visit our Speaking Opportunities page or contact Shuji Abe, [email protected], +81 42 991 1685.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on opportunities for sponsoring the forum, please contact Shuji Abe, [email protected], +81 42 991 1685.

Previous Attendees

The following companies have attended previous ARC Forums

ABB Bailey Japan
ABB Japan
Allied Telesis
Amazon Web Services
Automation News Company
APM Solution
Asahi Glass
Asahi Kasei
AspenTech Japan
Bayshore Networks
Beckhoff Automation
Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems Japan
Business & Technology Daily News
CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Chemical Daily
Chugai Pharmaceutical
Cisco Systems
Cosmo Energy Holdings
Dell EMC
Deloitte Tohmatsu Risk Service
Edgecross Consortium
Emerson Japan
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering
FieldComm Group Japan
Fuji Electric
Heavy & Chemical Ind. News Agency
Hino Motors
Hitachi High-Tech Solutions
Honeywell Engineering

Honeywell Japan
IBM Japan
Idemitsu Kosan
ike llc
Industry Control Solution Lab
ISA Japan Section
Iwai Kikai Kogyo
j5 Japan Co
Japan Robot Association (JARA)
Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association (JEMA)
Japan Electric Measuring Instruments Manufacturers Assoc (JEMIMA)
JFE Engineering
JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy
Kanazawa Engineering Systems
Keio University
Kogyo Gijutsu Sha
MHPS Control Systems
Mitsubishi Chemical
Mitsubishi Chemical Engineering
Mitsubishi Electric
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
Mitsui Chemicals
Mitsui E&S Engineering
Mitsui Sugar
Morinaga Milk Industry
Motoyama Engineering Works
Nagoya Institute of Technology
Nippon Paper Industries
Nippon Sheet Glass
Nippon Shokubai
Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering
Nomura Research Institute
NPO 3D-CAD Engineers' Association

NS Solutions
NTT Communications
Omega Simulation
Osaka Gas
Osaka University and Kobe University
SANS Institute
Schaeffler Japan
Schneider Electric Systems Japan
Shinkawa Sensor Technology
Showa Denko
Showa Shell Sekiyu
Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)
Stratus Technologies
Stratus Technologies Japan
Sumitomo Chemical
Sumitomo Heavy Industries
The Chemical Daily
The Heavy & Chemical Industry News Agency
Tokyo Electron Device
Tokyo Gas
Toshiba Digital Solutions
Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems
Toyo Business Engineering
Toyo Engineering
Toyota Industries
Waterfall Security Solutions
Wind River
Yaskawa Electric
Yokogawa Electric
Yokogawa Solution Service