Industry 4.0 will be an opportunity for small Italian companies. This was revealed during the Annual Meeting of AIB Comitato Piccola Industria, organised at Villa Fenaroli in Rezzato.
“SMEs will be the protagonists of this change. Their ubiquity, flexibility and ability for innovation will be a force in the age of digitisation: industry 4.0 is an opportunity for small Italian companies and those in Brescia, in all sectors, although mechanisation will still be in pole position with mechatronics. Today, size does not matter but the difference lies between the company that knows how to stay in the market with original products, which creates new openings and knows how to fit in the supply chains, in the systems and in partnership with the great companies, and the company that does not know how to move and proceeds with the outsourcing pattern. The challenge lies between the company that fully overturns its culture, as it is not just about knowing how to fiddle around, and that which will miss the train”.
THIS, in the words of the Italian national leader of Confindustria Piccola Industria – Alberto Baban – is the message that emerged from the annual meeting of AIB Comitato Piccola Industria, at Villa Fenaroli in Rezzato: concentrated works in the public part – following the private part which culminated in matching between members – on the “New business logic.Towards 4.0” theme. A commitment, which is mandatory at the same time, noted in the greeting of the prefect of Brescia – Valerio Valenti – convinced that “the public administration will also have to adapt”. And the president of the AIB Piccola Industria and vice president of Confindustria Piccola Industria, Giancarlo Turati, highlighted this. “To be successful, digitisation requires a new business concept, a paradigm shift, primarily mental, which refers to all entrepreneurs, in manufacturing and not”, said Turati. “Not only will the way of doing business be overturned, but the way of life: the process must be comprehensive and synergistic. This will involve the territory, the culture and the people who will still be the pillar of growth even though 50% of the works will be different in 5 years and many people will disappear, giving way to others”. A perspective reiterated by Antonio Calabrò, vice president of Assolombarda. “We are mechatronic tailors, we do what others cannot”, said Calabrò. If the typical sectors in Brescia are among the favourites, “we are ready, and many of us are already ahead”, guaranteed the AIB leader, Marco Bonometti. However, some concern remains about the 13 billion plan of a government that no longer exists, which supports SME projects in this field, and cannot fight in Brussels against the acknowledgement of the market status to China, seen by the speakers – involved in the panel discussion moderated by Debora Rosciani of Radio 24 – as the “death sentence of Made in Italy”. For Baban, “13 billion are a little for 280000 SMEs, but the intended incentives, depreciation and allowances are interesting: together they offer an opportunity not to be missed”.
FORTUNATELY there are 150 billion euro from the Juncker plan, 50 of which are intended for small and medium-sized enterprises. “35 billion have already been guaranteed to the Italians although they do not know this”, explained MEP Massimiliano Salini. Another great opportunity will emerge from the agreement between Confindustria and Intesa Sanpaolo which, until 2020, will put 90 billion on the table to encourage the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in the technological revolution, with 30 different measures. The timing is less pressing than that of the national plan, “however, the fact that the Government set 2017 as the limit, is positive to get things moving”, highlighted Mario Mazzoleni, University of Brescia. The lecturer listed the necessary skills in perspective – a commitment also for the academic world – and like a sharing model, indicated the Franciacorta Consortium since “competitors have noted the importance of working together, seen as a strength in terms of globalisation”. Not just business for SMEs. The Italian national leader of Piccola Industria urged the people of Brescia to register with PGE, for the management of emergencies related to the agreement with the Civil Protection, supervised by Piccola Industria. The objective is to form a network of businesses to provide support in case of disasters, as is already happening in Central Italy which has been affected by the earthquake. A permanent solidarity fund will be set up which must function in a pragmatic, fast and transparent way. “We will be told what is needed and we’ll be there”, assured Baban.
Source: Bresciaoggi, Economia 07/12/2016