Industry 4.0, the boom of orders. In the fourth quarter of 2017, the “Ucimu – Sistemi per produrre” index, with regard to the association of the Machine tools, robot and automation Italian manufacturers, registered an increase of 21,5% on an annual basis. The foreign orders grew by 6,2% compared to the October-December 2016 period, while on the domestic field Italian machine tool manufacturers registered an increase in order collection of 86,2% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.
During 2017, the total index registered an increase of 13,7% compared to 2016. The foreign orders grew by 4,7% to the total recovery of the setback registered last year, while domestic orders were increased by 45,9%.
The evolution in order collection in 2017 proves two phenomena that are decisively positive for manufacturing: on one hand, the index shows the recovery of contracts across the border, with a disappointing result in 2016; on the other hand, it registers the excellent investment performance in systems and software to improve production in manufacturing companies that operate in Italy where users, with an increasing pace in 2017, have acquired the latest technology for their companies.
“On the domestic market, –says Massimo Carboniero, president of Ucimu, the impact that the measures contained by the Industry 4.0 plan, and in particular Super and Hyper depreciation, have had on sales and the order collection is obvious”.
Satisfaction was expressed by the Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda. “The increase of over 45% of the domestic orders of Italian machine tools in 2017 compared to last year, registered today by Ucimu is an excellent result because it represents not only an increase in business investment and domestic demand, but also the new path taken by Italian industry increasingly directed towards new products, the streamlining processes and more advanced technologies – says the Minister – Ucimu’s leap in equipment, robot and automation orders is certainly the result of a favorable economic situation and the increased propensity of our entrepreneurs to compete at an international level, but it is also the outcome of the new incentive system – no longer banned but automatic, simple and focused on innovation – launched with the Business Plan 4.0, in particular with the measures of super and hyper depreciation”.
GP Progetti, together with partner Agomir, will be present at the “ALTECNOLOGIE” Trade Fair (High Technologies), taking place on 23-24-25 November at Lariofiere, Erba (CO).
Altecnologie is a BtoB Salon dedicated to businesses that deliver innovative product or process solutions, with proposed applications for a wide variety of economic sectors.
Altecnologie’s focus will be on:
- ICT and the Digitization of business processes
- Internet of things
- Industrial automation
- Sensor technology
- Integrated logistics
- Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
- Innovation in production materials and equipment
- Plant engineering and machinery for additive manufacturing
- High-tech applications for production and logistics
- Innovation of products, processes, technology transfer and the spread of innovative business models
The event aims to provide operators with opportunities for growth and development by illustrating what the market has to offer in terms of innovation, new technologies, and the latest generation of business solutions.
Thursday 23 | Hours 10:00 – 18:00
Friday 24 | Hours 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 25 | Hours 9:00 – 14:00
Lariofiere Como Lecco
A demo area set up in the Technology Village will host sessions organised by experts on current topics and case histories of excellence.
We look forward to seeing you in Pavillion B, Stand 101-108.
In July 2017 industrial production, also thanks to software for optimising the process and the 4.0 Industry Plan, grew 4.4% over the year. Istat notes that the trend index has been growing almost uninterrupted since August 2016, with the sole exception of January 2017. Capital goods are the driving force, having seen a sharp increase of 5.9% on the year, and “are the only sector well above the 2010 level.” Consumer goods (+ 4.1%), intermediate goods (+ 3.5%) and energy (+ 3.3%) are also up.
The motor vehicle sector has seen a sharp increase over the year, up by 9.1% in July. Also mining activities, machinery and the food industry are doing well. Among the sectors that are struggling are clothing and leather. Gentiloni: “The country is recovering, albeit with difficulty.” Calenda: “Resources for Business are creating jobs”.
“Among the sectors, the one that stands out is automotive production, which saw a rise of 9.1% in July 2017 compared to the same month in 2016.” In the first seven months of the year, the increase recorded by ISTAT was 10%. On a year by year basis, also mining activities (+ 8.4%), machinery and equipment manufacturing n.e.c. (+ 8.0%), the food industry, beverages and tobacco and transport manufacture (both +6,9%) are going well. Decreases have instead been recorded in the sectors of electrical and non-electrical household appliance manufacture, the manufacture of computers, electronics and optics, electro medical appliances, measuring devices and timepieces (both -0.6%) and the textile industries, clothing, leather and accessories (-0.5%).
Overall, the figures most certainly confirm a trend towards recovery of the Italian economy, Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni also points out: “The figures on today’s industrial production are figures that only one or two years ago, we would have considered impossible to achieve, the country is recovering albeit with difficulty.” Meanwhile, former Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi underlines this with a tweet: – “Industrial production + 4.4% (Istat).
The Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda also underlines the continuing recovery, in addition to the need to support it with appropriate policies: “The annual growth of 4.4% in industrial production, indicated by Istat is a new positive sign of recovery in Italy’s manufacturing system. Notably, the Capital Goods index (+ 5.9%) and even more significant growth in the manufacturing of machinery and equipment (+ 8.0%) indicate that the Industrial National Plan 4.0 is working to encourage and support company investments. The figures confirm the efficiency of the decision to eliminate ineffective incentives by introducing automatic tax breaks which are not tied to a specific industry sector or scale. We should continue to work on supply polices, focusing resources to help companies that can produce and create jobs. ”
Contact GP Progetti to find out what and how to improve your company internally, thanks to software for optimising production processes.
Source: Repubblica.it 11/09/2017
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.
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.”
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