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. ”
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
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.