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.”