Italy towards the turning point 4.0.
The market of Industry 4.0 projects in Italy in 2017 – between IT solutions, enabling technology components on traditional production assets and related services – reaches a value between 2.3 and 2.4 billion euro, of which 84% realized towards Italian companies and the rest as exports, showing an increase of 30% compared to last year which: read in a multiannual perspective, ratifies the almost doubling of the market in just three years. The 4.0 projects include an induction of around 400 million euros in “traditional” digital innovation projects.
These are some of the results of the research of the Industry 4.0 Observatory of the School of Management of the Milan Polytechnic. The Industrial IoT (referring to the only components to connect the machinery to the network) confirms itself as the most widespread 4.0 technology, with a value of around 1.4 billion euros (60% of the market, + 30% on the previous year).
Following Industrial Analytics with 410 million euros (20% of the market, + 25%) and Cloud Manufacturing with 200 million euros (10% of the market, + 35%), but among the first for growth.
8% of the market is represented by Advanced Automation solutions (145 million euros, + 20%), while the Advanced Human Machine Interface, even with a low total value (around 30 million euros), is the first for growth compared to last year (+ 50%).
Among the IT solutions, enabling technological components and related services, the project market has a value of 2,400 million euros.
90% covers industrial IoT, Analytics and Cloud Manufacturing.
The national plan is bearing fruit. Now focus on SMEs.
The photograph taken by the Industry 4.0 Observatory of the School of Management of the Milan Polytechnic
The level of knowledge increases on Industry 4.0: only 2.5% of the companies say they do not know the topic (two years ago it was almost 40%); 15% are in the exploratory phase, while 55% say they have already implemented 4.0 solutions: numbers that bear witness to the ferment of the Italian scenario of Industry 4.0, in which a good level of basic technology “literacy” (on average 90% of companies know the individual Smart Technologies).
The impact of the National Industry 4.0 Plan appears very positive: on a sample of 236 companies, 92% know the measures (84% a year ago), half say they have already used hyper and super-amortization for the renewal of their assets and one in four plans to do so shortly.
The distribution of investments that exploit these forms of incentive is varied, with 25% of the companies investing more than three million euros and 20% that has appropriated less than 200 thousand euros. With reference to the tax credit foreseen for 4.0 training, six out of ten companies declare that they will want to take advantage of it.
“Over the past two years, the market for industrial digitalisation has almost doubled, driven by a modern industrial policy and reinforced by incentives, while the awareness of Industry 4.0 and the knowledge of new technologies are now widespread in almost all the productive realities of the country – explain Alessandro Perego, Andrea Sianesi and Marco Taisch, Scientific Managers of the Industry 4.0 Observatory – Now it is necessary that every company align this digital maturity to its business objectives, starting from the fact that new technologies are the foundation of Industry 4.0 and not its point of arrival, rethinking processes and organizational models in the difficult balance between operational management, continuous improvement and radical innovation “.
“The National Plan has played an excellent role as an accelerator of the transformation 4.0 so far, both by spreading their knowledge and by favouring private investments in fiscal terms,” Perego, Sianesi and Taisch continue, “but it is likely that their stimulus can not continue. indefinitely: the next big challenge to consolidate and keep growing in the market will be to identify the right path to involve SMEs, which represent the true heart of Italian manufacturing, in the digital transformation. ”
After the standstill occurred in April, industrial production returned to growth in May, marking + 0,7% compared to the previous month. This was noted by ISTAT, pointing out that the index adjusted for calendar effects increased by 2,1% compared to May 2017 and that all the main groupings of industries recorded a positive result, with the capital goods that continue to stimulate the growth both on an annual basis and compared to April.
On average for the first five months, production grew by 2,8% on an annual basis. On average in the March-May quarter, Italian industrial production decreased by 0,4% compared to the previous quarter. In May, the monthly seasonally adjusted index shows cyclical growth in all sectors, with positive changes for energy (+ 1,2%), intermediate goods (+ 0,9%), capital goods (+0,4%) and consumer goods (+ 0,2%).
The correct indices for the calendar effects recorded positive trend variations in all groupings in May 2018: the increase in capital goods (+ 3,1%), energy (+ 2,2%) and consumer goods (+ 2,1%). The manufacturing sectors with the highest annual growth are: manufacture of electrical and non-electric household appliances (+ 7,3%), production of basic pharmaceutical products (+ 6,6%) and machinery and equipment (+5,1%).
Data confirm the objectives set by the Industry 4.0 Plan which is really working as proved by the results gathered in the last few months.
The technology industry continues to represent an important economic accelerator for Italy. The proof of this statement is the processing, related to 2017, by Anie, a federation representing electrical engineering and electronic companies within Confindustria. DATA show an overall increase in revenues of 3, 8%, to 78 billion euro for electrotechnics and electronics, with an increase of 7, 8% for the first (58 billion) and 2, 7% for the second (20 billion) compared to 2016.
The uncertainty that characterized the early years seems to have been set aside, thanks also to the restart of investments, supported by the National plan and software for industry 4.0. A positive feeling that also extends to the export field: the annual increase in the Anie sectors is equal to 5,2% – about 30 million euro – with a +4,7% for electrical engineering and a +7,4 % for electronics, thanks to the growth in demand both from the European Union (+4,7%) and from abroad (+5,4%).
In 2017, total revenues increased by 3, 8% to 78 billion euro. The year 2018 confirms the positive trend, both in terms of turnover and orders
On the other hand, Anie technologies are directed towards the trends in the end markets which are variable: those for the industrial market confirm in 2017 a driving role and a decidedly dynamic trend, with an increase of 9, 1% in the previous year. Good news also from the construction sector, after a decade of strong weakness in conjunction with the global economic crisis: in this case the growth is 3, 9%, in line with the restart of construction investments. The energy market also sets aside the slowdown of 2016, both for traditional and renewable sources: the total turnover increases by 2, 9%.
The data processed by Anie (Confindustria) highlight the recovery of the strategic sector
On the contrary, negative news comes from Infrastructures and Transports, which show a decrease of 5, 8% linked also to a temporal misalignment in the orders accounting. The latter actually continues to grow and the turnover linked to the export of the sector rises by 9, 4%. Data from Anie Observatory, conducted on a sample of 130 representative companies, shows a positive point of view for the first half of 2018: 58% of companies show a growth in revenues compared to the first 6 months of 2017, while the increase in orders are about 63% of the sample.
ON THE FOREIGN FRONT there is a 46% increase in turnover. Encouraging news that should cover the second part of the year. Finally, employment: 86% of the organizations involved report stability.
Bresciaoggi July 15th, 2018
Launch of the “4.0 Digital vouchers competition – A Measure” promoted by Unioncamere Lombardia in collaboration with the Lombard Chambers of Commerce: this will allow micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to obtain a contribution of up to 15.000 euro, in the form of consultancy, training and technological investments vouchers.
The OBJECTIVE is to promote the use of services and solutions in the implementation of the strategy defined in the National Business 4.0 Plan through the development of projects that involve collaboration between micro, SMEs and highly qualified subjects in the 4.0 field, in production chain aggregation logic and sharing of skills.
Overall, the allocation sums 1.6 million euro. The benefits will be granted to those presenting a shared project, in aggregated form (from 3 to 20 companies). The initiative can be registered by a proposer provided for by the competition or by the lead company. The granted benefits will cover 70% of the company’s investment based on a minimum effort of 5.000 euro. Applications between16th – 29th of October, only on Unioncamere Lombardia website.
The business grows thanks to software for industry 4.0. This was revealed during the last congress of Brescia organized by industry associations. “The valves and fittings sector is going through a positive period, and the value of investments in 2018 is destined to increase, stimulated by the 4.0 plan”. These are the words of Ugo Pettinaroli, chairman of AVR (Associazione valvole e rubinetti) and Ceir (Center for Exhibition Industry Research).
The two associations have promoted the “Ceir Congress 2018” held in Hotel Saoy in Gardone Riviera, with the participation of some important Brescian companies such as Carlo Gnutti, Almag and Rubinetterie Bresciane, and 12 represented nations of the world. These organizations have also developed thanks to the inclusion of software for industry 4.0 in the production chain. Among the many analyzed topics, we mention: the innovations concerning the sector, the revision of the framework directive on drinking water and the management of investments at national and global level.
The 2017 full year forecast on valves and fittings recorded a production equal to € 7,285 billion which is equivalent to an increase of 4, 1% compared to 2016 (€ 6,995 billion) and foresees a further increase of 1, 8% in 2018. Exports, on the other hand, met a slight decrease from € 4.46 billion to € 4.44 billion (-0, 4% on an annual basis), however, a net increase is imminent during this year (+ 3, 3%).
Employees on the Italian territory have grown from 27,180 to 27,285 (+ 0, 4%), as well as investments, despite the general uncertainty: from € 88, 5 million to € 98, 5 million (+11, 3%), with the possibility of another improvement of € 112 million in 2018.
Chairman Pettinaroli goes on saying that “Despite the climate of general uncertainty, these are positive numbers that give us confidence for the future; mainly for the industrial, sanitary and heating fittings sector, where Italy occupies a strong position in all three sectors: particularly in the Brescian and Novara areas”. Another topic of interest is that regarding exports, where Saudi Arabia occupies the first place with € 152,5 million in 2017 which marks a substantial increase compared to the previous year (+24,7%).
The United States, occupies the third place with € 138, 8 million (-32, 5%), outclassed also by Germany with € 146, 8 million, another country that suffered a heavy drop (-27, 1 %). However, the EU remains the most important outlet area with 36%, followed by Asia with a difference of only one percentage point. The difference with North America and the non-EU European countries, however, stands at 9%. Nowadays, a company can only grow if it takes a path towards the 4th industrial era, relying on the innovative software for industry 4.0.
Source: Bresciaoggi, 12/06/18
“There are no suitable profiles to support 4.0 exports and investments all over the Northern area. Companies are competing for the new graduates”.
This is just one of the headlines that have been discussed in recent weeks. While there are those who point the finger at the fourth industrial revolution, on the other hand there are also new figures included in the world field thanks to the National Plan. Industry 4.0, which led GP Progetti to develop new software to improve industrial production, is the new frontier of the world industry, a scenario no longer so far that is taking shape day by day. Some experts have elaborated an interesting research that identifies the new professions brought forward by this industrial revolution.
What is Industry 4.0?
Born from a German government project and presented for the first time in 2011 during a fair in Hanover, the term refers to the progressive process of automation of industrial machines, with consequent significant advantages regarding production optimization and improvement of the human labor conditions. After the fulfillment of the project in Germany in 2013, today the 4.0 industry is no longer an impossible innovation. Today, in fact, the Italian government has made available an incentive plan for the companies willing to invest in this project.
New job opportunities
Industry 4.0 has been seen by many as a threat to labor. The cutting-edge machines and software for improving the industrial production would gradually replace the people currently working at the factory counters. A distant possibility, but on the other hand a growing demand for highly specialized and qualified figures is progressing.
This was demonstrated by “The Lombardy industries towards Industry 4.0: evidences of the evolution of occupations and skills” study, which highlighted with a statistical model not only the emerge of these new professions, but how in fact the companies are searching for them.
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.
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.