Professor Tae Jin Kang Brings Industry 4.0 to South Korea


Professor Tae Jin Kang, Seoul National University, was bid farwell on August 10, 2015, after a four-week stay at the Institute of Textile Technology, ITA, at RWTH Aachen. Professor Kang, one of the most renowned professors in textile research in Korea, wants to spread awareness of the topic Industry 4.0 in Korea.

  Prof. Kang and others © ITA From left to right: Adjunct Prof. (Clemson University), Dr. Yves-Simon Gloy (ITA), Dr. Hyunji Park (ITA), Prof. Dr. Tae Jin Kang (Seoul National University) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries (ITA).

The mechanical engineering sector in South Korea is extremely important. The real time revenue of production in mechanical engineering in South Korea has increased from 48 billion Euros in 2013 to 53 billion Euros in 2014. South Korean has overcome a weaker period and is active in the field of midtech machines. Investments are increasing again. The "internet of things," that is the replacement of computers with "intelligent objects" like miniature computers in articles of clothing, is one topic. (Source: Branchenbericht Maschinenbau, Commerzbank).

Industry 4.0 is part of the "internet of things." It enables highly flexible production through a paradigm shift from central to decentral, augmented control. Professor Kang will present Industry 4.0 in detail South Korea to research institutions and small and mid-sized companies. The timing is ideal in order to promote Industry 4.0 and smooth communication between equipment and plants.

"Through the successful collaboration with Professor Kang we could directly contribute to the progress in South Korea," states Professor Grief. "We look forward to collaborating further."


Professor Kang was awarded the Kármán Fellowship by RWTH Aachen University on July 20, 2015, for his services to the German-Korean collaboration. He has maintained close professional collaboration with Prfessor Gries from the ITA for over five years. He now wants to promote German work methods in South Korea. This affects collaboration with universities, institutes, and small and mid-sized companies. By doing this, he is significantly supporting the collaboration between Germany and Korea.