With a growth of 0.1% in July 2017 compared to the previous month, and an increase of 4.4% compared to 2016, Italian industry output represents a new step forward in the latest Istat statistics and proves expectations of a negative result as indicated by a large number of analysts to be wrong. It “would have been an inconceivable figure even just one or two years ago,” commented Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, during the inauguration of a school in Milan, in Cernusco sul Naviglio. “Our country is at last making a slow recovery, in fact even less slow than previously thought”, added the PM. Secretary of the Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi, rejoices on Twitter: “We’re bringing Italy out of the crisis. Salvini and Grillo want to take Italy out of the Euro.”
ISTAT. Another step forward with an increase of 0.1% in July on the previous month and 4.4% over the year
Recognition also comes from the City via the Financial Times: “Recovery is under way. Italy is on a roll right now,” reads the London daily newspaper. Production figures are “the latest in a series of better than expected economic data,” continues the article, “the strong growth is likely to continue,” and optimism “has also been reflected in increasing labour force participation’. Driving the industry are capital goods, up 5.9% in July over the year, which have greatly exceeded production levels in 2010, as explained by Istat. In particular, machinery and equipment stand at + 8%, a figure which the Minister of Development, Carlo Calenda, interprets as a sign that Italy’s Industry Plan 4.0 “is working in its stimulation and support of business investment.”
Machinery and automotive are the driving forces, Gentiloni: “Recovery is not as slow as we might have imagined”
Positive signs can be seen in all macro sectors and in twelve out of fifteen activity sectors, starting with mining (+ 8.4% on the year), machinery manufacture (+ 8%), the food industry and transport manufacture (both + 6.9%). Volatility in automobile manufacturing continues (+ 9.1%), while the manufacture of electrical and non-electrical domestic equipment and appliances is suffering, along with computer and electronics products (both at -0.6%) and the textile and clothing sector (-0,5%). With July’s result, there has been a sequence of rising trends in industrial production which has continued, with the exception of January 2017, from August of last year. According to Paolo Mameli, senior economist at the Intesa Sanpaolo bank, these figures “bode well” for the third quarter and “an upward review of the estimated growth in Italy’s GDP is expected to continue in the weeks to come.”
EURO AT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL. In the meantime, the Euro continues to race ahead, reaching a level that has not been seen since January 2015, before Draghi’s quantitative easing came into play. It is thanks to the risk of a Eurozone implosion having been averted, and estimated GDP growth standing at 2.2% this year (way above the US). But the ECB itself seems to have accepted that some appreciation is inevitable: if Draghi has set the Euro at 1.20 “a source of uncertainty that needs to be monitored’, those words are a far cry from 2014, when the Euro stood at 1.40, and the ECB President had spoken of “serious concern” regarding the exchange rate. Tapering, or gradual reduction of the QE programme, is now the next stage in Mario Draghi’s agenda.
The GP Progetti course continues, which, thanks to software to optimize industrial production, accompanies its customers in the Industry 4.0 process.
After Elvi, the Termoplast Group will be the subject of a next video to illustrate the steps that accompanied the GP Progetti customer in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The Termoplast Group is composed of three distinct companies that deal with plastic injection molding and aluminum die-casting for the automotive industry.
Elvi, a client of GP Progetti’s since 2014, has embarked on a process that looks up to Industry 4.0, also thanks to the software for optimising GP Progetti’s production.
The Customer Company is involved in the development and production of DC motors with special gear motors following consolidated processes to ensure competitiveness and reliability. To further improve the production process, Elvi, with the collaboration of GP Progetti, realizes “continuous improvement” effectively.
To do this, the main tool is eSphere, a finite capacity planner, interconnected to the Mes through eFlexiMes, an integrated hardware and software system specifically designed for the operational management of manufacturing production that can collect industrial production data.
The improvement process takes place on a daily basis as regards the following points:
- Complete management of the production plan
- Order advancement from Mes
- Continuous monitoring of processes
- Synchronous generation of the production performed
- SPC performance and efficiency analysis
Do you want to set up an uncompromising meeting with GP Progetti’s experts to understand how to optimise your company’s production process?
Contact the sales department to find out in detail all the facilities provided by the European Plan Industry 4.0: you have time until the end of 2017.
The National Plan Industry 4.0 is the right opportunity for all the Italian companies willing to benefit from the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution.
But what are the actual benefits for the manufacturing companies for which GP Progetti has been developing software for optimising industrial production since 1993?
The Plan allows for solid measures: above all, tax concession to incentive investments and make companies thrive.
Here are the fiscal advantages allowed for in the Plan Industry 4.0 for manufacturing industries:
- Hyper-amortisation: 250% overvaluation of investments in new material goods, digital appliances and technology that are in line with 4.0 transformations, either purchased or leased;
- Super-amortisation: 140% overvaluation of investments in new instrumental goods, either purchased or leased. For those who benefit from the hyper-amortisation, it is also possible to benefit from the tax concession on investments in new instrumental goods (software and IT systems);
- These benefits are cumulative with:
- Nuova Sabatini
- Tax credit for Research and Development activities
- Patent Box
- Incentives for capital gearing of businesses
- Incentives for Start-ups and innovative SME
- Central Guarantee Fund
Among these measures, there is also the “Nuova Sabatini” for instrumental goods: it is a tax concession offered by the Ministry of Economic Development aimed at easing companies’ access to credit and increasing competitiveness in the Italian productive system. The measure supports investments to buy or lease machinery, appliances, equipment, instrumental goods for protective use and hardware, as well as software and digital technology.
Who is the Nuova Sabatini aimed for?
The measure is for all those micro, small and medium enterprises (SME) that, within the date of the request, are regularly established and are not in economic difficulties.
To increase the credit for SME, the Plan Industry 4.0 has provided for a Guarantee Fund. The aim of the fund is to make it easier for SME to access financial sources through a public guarantee that joins and often substitutes the actual guarantees given by the companies.
Thanks to the Fund, companies have a real possibility to get sources of finance without additional guarantees (and so without the costs of guaranties and insurance policies) on the amounts covered by the Fund, that doesn’t offer cash contributions.
According to the latest data, more than 99% of companies lacking real guarantees has got access to finance thanks to the Fund.
One of the most significant findings of the Industry 4.0 Observatory of the Polytechnic of Milan is the extensive presence of Italian start-ups on European soil — we are talking of 24 companies out of 80, active in the first trimester of 2017.
In Italy, Industry 4.0 is increasing dramatically, both economically speaking— 25% more than last year— and as regards the number of people who know about the plan: in fact, only 8% of entrepreneurs don’t know what the expression means— as against 38% in 2016—, and a whopping 61% of companies are thinking about how to benefit from it.
Among these, an example is GP Progetti, with its software for industrial production. It was one of the first italian companies to believe in Industry 4.0, long before the European Plan and its tax concessions had come into force.
According to the census of the Industry 4.0 Observatory, the startups created all over the world between 2011 and 2015 are 245, but always according to the data, there is an increase of 15% between 2016 and 2017, with Cloud and Analytic solutions having a great impact, being offered in 50% of the cases.
These startups can get remarkable financial backing: a total of 2 billion dollars, of which 71% from emerging North American businesses, almost three times more than their European counterpart — 10.9 and 2,0 million respectively. This demonstrates that North America is currently the ideal cradle for these new startups, whereas for Europe there is still margin of growth.
We are now allowed to say that the first cultural battle of Industry 4.0 has been faced and won, because people are aware of the plan’s functions and benefits. All this is thanks to the National Plan, which, in addition to spreading information to entrepreneurs, is also promoting the 4.0 transformation by suggesting it to the companies that deal with logistics and software for industrial production.
Industry 4.0 is also turning out to be a proper revolution also as far as competences are concerned, given that the Industry 4.0 Observatory has catalogued more than 100 new technical jobs to define, manage and design the processes and the business models of Industry 4.0. According to the data, these competences are considered important by Italian businesses, in particular, the ability to “define an adoption plan of technology for the enhancement of production processes.”
GP Progetti announces the opening of three social channels: Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus with a view to promoting the tax concessions related to the European Industry 4.0 Plan and software for optimising industrial production, giving proof of their modern up-to-date worldview.
The company, which keeps paying attention to technological and social changes, wants people to benefit from their software for optimising industrial production in an even smarter way, making it possible for customers to reach them thanks to new channels of communication.
More specifically, GP Progetti is about to open a LinkedIn page with weekly posts and advertising campaigns for a fee. The same contents will be visible on Facebook and on Google Plus as well.
The aim is that of keeping their followers constantly up to date about news and offers related to the Sarezzo-based company, in the province of Brescia. At the same time, they want to create a virtual community to discuss the benefits of the European Plan and the tax concessions thought out by the government to modernise the Italian industry.
An advertising campaign will be started through Google AdWords and it will be geo-localised for Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna.
Nowadays, digital communication has become a must for any company willing to thrive in their sector, because it is through social networks that you can reach most end users. Furthermore, it shouldn’t be forgotten that these channels allow you not only to reach new customers, but above all to get a feedback from those who have already bought from you, making the relationship much more friendly and dynamic.
In the case of software for optimising industrial production, then, a direct, fluent, and more organised connection with customers is evidently conducive to a general improvement for both sellers and buyers.
This move to social media is nothing but further proof of the company’s willingness to make progress and to make it modern. They are trying to overcome stale notions that tie this country to the past.
New businesses have had the opportunity to weigh the benefits of the software for managing the production process put forward by GP Progetti. Here are the specific sectors that have turned to the suite eNX® 10 in the last few weeks:
– Cold stamping and laser cutting (3D and 2D);
– Production and trade of non-ferrous metals;
– Production and trade of semi-finished products (silver and copper);
– Production and trade of chemical products for the galvanic industry;
– Production of forged wheels.
GP Progetti’s new clients, who are leaders of their sectors in Europe and all over the world, have chosen to turn to this software for managing the production process with a view to guaranteeing high performances, in line with global competitors.
GP Progetti’s software was devised to allow Italian small-medium enterprises to be competitive in the global market. Many of GP’s clients, in contrast to big groups, are more flexible given the smaller structural weight. The quickness to cater for customers’ needs and the capacity to customise offers: these are some of the strong points that characterise the average Italian businesses. These businesses can turn to the suite eNX® 10 to upgrade without giving up on their specific features.
More specifically, for a firm producing forged wheels, we are talking about a “technological extension”: today, the whole factory is managed by the eNX 10 software.
GP Progetti’s client was one of the first to be equipped with a piece of software for managing the production process: a perfect example of how the principles of the “lean production” can be applied to medium enterprises as well. Improvement, as always, depends first and foremost on human resources, and then on technological support giving the appropriate feedback and optimising the production process. Within a business, the newly presented suite eNX®in, its new update 10.0, optimises every process: design, production and packing.
The route taken by GP Progetti’s new clients is undoubtedly successful. As it is proved by the rise in sales recorded in recent years. Technology and computerisation rank first for forward-thinking entrepreneurs that conceive the efficiency of the processes and the quality of the product as unmissable elements to secure their leading places in a world which is more and more competitive.
The impact of Industry 4.0 on the manufacturing industry: software to manage and optimise the production line
Whether we call it Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, or Era of Digital Machines, it still remains clear that we are witnessing a new revolution in manufacturing. This revolution is enabled, among other things, by companies that develop software for managing and optimising production processes, such as the Brescia-based company GP Progetti.
In the market of the industrial machinery employed by manufacturing companies, the impact of new technology will result in computerised production, with more efficient production lines and more and more complex machines which are linked to each other. When we talk about the 4th Industrial Revolution, we generally refer to the machines used in an integrated production line providing live data as far as the process and the very machines are concerned.
Which are the keywords and the concepts that will mark the industrial sector in the future?
According to the experts, the market will certainly tend to focus on Industry 4.0-related themes. And this new Industrial Revolution is precisely what the small manufacturing enterprises are looking forward to in the sectors of weapons, cars and motors, foundries, process industries, woodworks, mechanics, plastic and rubber, smallwares and thermic processing.
The European Plan aims to allow enterprises to change the way in which they do business, i.e. through digitalisation.
Companies such as GB Progetti, which lead manufacturing industries into the 4th Industrial Revolution, take this concept seriously, considering the entire life cycle of a product: from the order, through design, quality control, up to the actual making of the final product and eventually to the delivery. All this is achieved through sophisticated connections between the machines and through software to manage and optimise the production line.
According to the experts, in Italy the Plan Industry 4.0 has reawakened the interest of a lot of entrepreneurs. In the past few years, SME have started to work differently, to experiment with new technology to make sure that they don’t lag behind.
Using new technology and software to manage and optimise production is a crucial step to take for Italian SMEs because up to now they have only been relying on their abilities alone. From a global point of view, though, having the best manufacturers helps only to a certain extent.
Industry 4.0 is not only about technology and software for production control: the actual challenge is a cultural one
In the next few years, the 4th Industrial Revolution will guarantee additional proceeds (500 billion dollars) and fewer costs (421 billion), also thanks to software for production control.
According to some experts, though, Italy is late in this process, which aims not only to connect factories, but also to integrate digital culture and new skills.
Industry 4.0 is more and more at the centre of managers’ plans, but in spite of all the efforts, it risks remaining just a slogan, pace all the potential benefits in terms of efficiency and productivity. Taking part in the 4th Industrial Revolution is nothing but a fancy for a still huge number of companies, curbed by lack of innovation culture, operative visions and the digital skills of managers, who are confused about the actual return of digital investments. Although, in the next few years, they might have surprises in store.
This is what emerges from the global report on Industry 4.0, carried out in 26 countries scattered around the globe. We are dealing with the shift from paradigm 3.0, i.e. the one that brought to the automation of a single machine or of a single process, to its evolution, which regards end-to-end digitalisation of entire companies, from fiscal assets to the value chain that involves partners: not a small challenge. But the benefits are huge, as shown in the estimate on the businesses of those who are already investing or will invest in the near future.
According to the calculations, in fact, Industry 4.0 will guarantee additional proceeds (500 billion dollars) and fewer costs (421 billion), also thanks to software for production control. Just as GB Progetti, a Brescia-based company, had done 25 years ago, when the 4th Industrial Revolution was still not in sight.
In any case, the double line of additional proceeds and reduction of costs will be receive a push by the innovation of products and services from a new digital-native-like point of view and, at the same time, by the reduction of operative times and the best use of assets allowing the maximisation of quality. In other words, a virtuous circle on which companies are expected to invest 907 billion dollars over the next 4 years: on average, 5% of their turnover. This money is destined not only to sensors, connected devices, software for production control and digital appliances, but also to the training of employees and to the changes in the organisational machine.
Great success at the conference promoted by GP Progetti and AGM about software for management and enhancement of production in manufacturing industries
It was a great success in terms of audience for the meeting held in the Villa Feranoli Palace Hotel of Brescia by GP Progetti & AGM to discuss software to manage and enhance production in manufacturing industries.
The conference, organised by GP Progetti & AGM, has involved more than 30 participants, who gathered in Villa Fenaroli on April 12 for an in-depth analysis of the normative framework and the applicative solutions put forward by the Plan Industry 4.0 with an eye to enhancing production in manufacturing companies.
The Plan, which has already started the 4th Industrial Revolution in Europe, is actually based on the same foundations as the ones on which GB Progetti has been building its business for a very long time, more precisely for 25 years. Hence, you get an idea of the far-sightedness of the Brescia-based company, which is developing and up-dating software specifically designed for manufacturing industries.
Some speakers of excellence gave their contribution to the conference, discussing management-related topics, which are essential to enhance production.
Lucio Zavanella, Full Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Brescia, spoke about the historical development of Management and Production: from traditional methods to current and future trends; Michele Dolza, graduate in economics and business management from Pavia, spoke about the zero-cost management audit.
Mauro Mazzolari and Roberto Savelli, representatives of AGM & GP Progetti respectively, went on to speak about possibile applicability of the most recent methods of both strategic and operative management, i.e. sharing specifically-designed instruments as possible solutions for the Italian SME.
Vincenzo Cristarella, graduate in economics and business management, an expert in accounting and auditing, ended the conference clarifying the various fiscal and financial incentives put forward by the Plan Industry 4.0.
Taking part in this conference has further underlined the positivity with which entrepreneurs look ahead. However, they are aware that the 4th Industrial Revolution carries many challenges with itself. These can be faced only with the help of appropriate technology and software for the optimisation of production.
According to the “Global SME Plus 2017” research, carried out by American Express on over 3,200 managers, business executives and decision makers of SME in 15 countries, Italian SME come across as more positive about the economic recovery and the growth trend of the main economic indicators for 2017 and for the following 3 years, compared to the other European SME. This allows Italian SME to be more ready to take advantage the opportunities offered by the market as far as growth and internationalisation are concerned, because they are certain that they have put in place the correct strategies to overcome these years of uncertainty on the markets.