Boosting Industry 4.0 adoption amongst SMEs

The Interreg Europe project, SMARTY, held its first Interregional Thematic Seminar where partners shared practices to support SMEs in their uptake of Industry 4.0 solutions.

Led by the European Union, the Interreg Europe project SMARTY was created to establish a common basis for policy learning among its members to overcome fragmentation of Industry 4.0 solutions, furthering innovation.

The SMARTY project partners met to showcase useful practices on regional policies aimed at supporting Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in their awareness and adoption of Industry 4.0 solutions.

The first Interregional Thematic Seminar within the Interreg Europe project SMARTY brought together 19 partner representatives from seven European regions. The seminar began with the presentation of the regional analyses, consisting of in-depth studies on the innovation ecosystems and needs of SMEs in the participating regions.

Good practices for boosting Industry 4.0 adoption

  • Building blocks, tools and systems for the factories of the future (GOSTOP) programme – Ana Cvetko, Government Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Development and European Cohesion Policy
  • Industry of the Future Platform – creating and supporting the Industry 4.0 ecosystem at the national level – Anna Pajak, Łukasiewicz Research Network-ITeE
  • Industry 4.0 Alliances: improving collaborative connections through innovation challenges – The IoT Catalan Alliance case – Eduard Balbuena, i2CAT
  • Plant Run – Craig Lawrance, Textile Centre of Excellence
  • Regional 4.0 Audit for SMEs in Tuscany – Paolo Guarnieri, Municipality of Prato
  • Access Innovation – Alex Clarke, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership / West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Centr@Tec Program – Victoria Molpeceres, Head of Unit. Industry 4.0, Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León

With the project being fully underway, SMARTY moves towards its next milestone. An Interregional Policy Brokerage workshop will be hosted by the Regional Council of Lapland to deepen the analysis of good practices and build the partners’ capacity to increase the uptake of Industry 4.0 solutions. To this end, the workshop will address two key topics: Industry 4.0 Audit actions and Clusters policies. The event will take place in Rovaniemi, Finland, on 4-5 June, 2020.

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