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.
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.
Europe is ready to finance the purchase of management software to optimise production within the scopes of Industry 4.0
A credit of €500 million will be made available for companies that invest in research, development and innovation and buy management software to plan and optimise industrial production in accordance with the Industry 4.0 Plan.
This is what the UBI Group is committed to achieve. The resources will enable companies interested in buying software to optimise the industrial production, to access loans and financing through funds made available by the ECB (TLTRO) or by the European Investment Bank (EIB), which will be used according to the type of planned initiative.
THE INTERVENTION: “It is particularly significant,” stated UBI Group, “when considered in the context of the 2017 Budget Law, which provides an extensive range of incentives and tax breaks for the Industry 4.0 Programme. It is in favour of investments in high technology for start-up companies.” In addition to the direct intervention of the Government, companies are supported by other tax concessions: hyper-depreciations, super-depreciations, the tax credit and the provisions of the Sabatini Law. These are all expendable incentives to buy management software for to plan and optimise production in manufacturing companies.
“Industry 4.0 is a framework for the modernisation of the national production system,” explains Frederik Geertman, sales manager of the UBI Group, “for a bank like ours, which is present in the most economically active areas of the country, it is crucial to offer corporate customers legal advice and products to make the most of the legal benefits.”
UBI BANCA, in addition to making the funds available,”supports companies through a tailored consulting service that consists in the analysis of the type of investment required, the quantification of any tax benefits and the definition the technical forms of the most appropriate and affordable financing,” concludes the statement of the group listed on Piazza Affari (Milan Stock).
Source: UBI Banca; Bresciaoggi 7 March 2017
Software for production process optimisation in the manufacturing industry is an opportunity of continuity for SMEs in Brescia and its province
The industry 4.0 is certainly an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises, but we must also consider that the whole European Plan revolves around a simple concept: making factories and machines smart, thus improving the manufacturing output thanks to software for production process optimisation.
This was discussed at a conference held in the lecture hall of the Faculty of Economics in Brescia, where a study of generations and responsibilities was presented, also with an eye to the importance of the values that are handed down from previous generations. In fact, the focus of the debate was on generational change, which could be encouraged precisely thanks to the Industry Plan 4.0 and the incentives promoted by a super and hyper-amortisation at 250%.
Production and governance, operating margins and investments, production process optimisation, innovation and marketing. The list of issues to be discussed at the time of handover of responsibilities in the management of a family business could go on and on.
For the vast majority of the 98 small and medium-sized enterprises analysed in the area of Brescia (all active in the manufacturing sector), the values handed down through generations are the basis on which continuity can be built. The presence in a company of several generations at once, which sometimes can even become a problem, is possible by training younger members, both at the company premises and externally, for example with experiences abroad, degrees or specialised courses.
As there are no established good practices on generational change, the problem arises when each small company has to decide for itself on the matter.
Continuity should therefore be seen as an investment, as those made in innovation and technology, where it is essential to understand the times required and which people to delegate to ensure adequate innovation for the company, so it can optimise production processes also through software geared towards the Industry 4.0.
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Source: survey conducted by Professors Achille Fornasini and Alberto Mazzoleni of the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Brescia, in collaboration with the management and strategy consulting firm Sei Consulting of Brescia and Banca Patrimoni Sella.
It is also thanks to manufacturing industry software if Brescia is now at the tiptop of Europe. The latest data define it as a cutting-edge industrial system in Italy and a flagship for exports, green manufacturing and innovation, as well as a magnet for industrial investments abroad and a major global investor. This is the snapshot of industrial Brescia according to research conducted by AIB, the Edison Foundation and the Symbola Foundation, aimed at illustrating its records but that, above all, intends to become a model.
“If, as Brescia did, we aim for innovation and quality, exploiting the strengths of the local area – as stated in the foreword of the research – and if we focus on research and sustainability, following the direction of a circular economy, Italy will be able to play a key role.”
As a matter of fact, Brescia, with its SMEs, 156,000 workers and more than 10 billion of added value in the industrial sector, is the third province in Europe. And this leadership deserves to be confirmed. In short, 2016 was a year of recovery and redundancy payments also decreased.
The data for 2016 looks promising, indicating a recovery (+ 3.2%) of industrial production in the manufacturing sector, confirmed by the use of systems, which has reached 75%. Positive signs have also come from the business services sector, which shows a recovery in sales and order books. Foreign trade is dynamic, too: “in the first nine months of the year, our exports were worth 10.8 billion euros – says Bonometti – a level of absolute excellence, confirming the ability of our entrepreneurs, even during the most difficult years of the crisis, who have never ceased to invest in innovation in order to improve the quality, sustainability and competitiveness of their products on international markets. Of course – says AIB president – there is still uncertainty, at a global level to begin with, but for 2017 we can expect global economy to grow, so we are also cautiously optimistic.”
The Industry 4.0 Plan will provide new opportunities for companies, especially those aiming to improve production with software specifically designed for the manufacturing industry.
Sources: Corriere della Sera, 15 December 2016; Bresciaoggi, 2 February 2017