Hajime Sugiyama began his career in PLC production planning directly at the plant. He then became project manager for a Big 3 automotive powertrain plant in the USA. Since then he has been active in the automation environment for more than 20 years, including more than 6 years as Executive Vice President of the Factory Automation EMEA Division of Mitsubishi Electric in Europe. Currently, he coordinates the global and regional expansion and promotion of the e-F@ctory concept, Mitsubishi Electric's Industrial IoT Initiative, from Japan, and thus supports customers in the field of industrial IoT solutions by using the partner network e-F@ctory Alliance. Hajime Sugiyama is one of the key speakers on this topic at global IoT/AI forums, private customer seminars and e-F@ctory Alliance partner events.