EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Connected Industry 4.0

Spain
Phase: Anticipation
Type:
  • Support for digitalisation
  • Advice
  • Fostering innovation
  • Matching/Networking
  • Support of companies' growth
  • Training
Last modified: 25 September, 2020
Native name:

Industria Conectada 4.0

English name:

Connected Industry 4.0

Coverage/Eligibility

Companies that (will) develop productive industrial activity within the NACE activities framed in Section C (10 to 32).

Main characteristics

The Spanish government strategy ‘Industria Connectada 4.0' (Connected Industry 4.0) responds to a triple objective:

  • Increasing industrial added value and skilled employment in the industrial sector.
  • Promoting the future industrial model for the Spanish industry, in order to develop the next industrial sectors of the Spanish economy and increase its growth potential, while increasing the local offer of digital solutions.
  • Developing differential competitive levers to enhance Spanish industry and boost its exports.

Two instruments have been made available:

  • HADA (advanced digital self-diagnosis tool): An online tool allowing the evaluation of the level of digitalisation of companies.
  • ACTIVA INDUSTRIA 4.0: A specialised and tailored advisory programme, carried out by accredited consulting entities with experience in implementing Industry 4.0 projects. This programme allows companies to have a situation diagnosis and a transformation plan that identifies the digital enablers necessary in this process. Furthermore, it establishes the roadmap for its implementation.

Funding

  • Regional funds
  • National funds
  • Employer

Involved actors

National government
Ministry of Industry
Regional/local government
Regional governments

Effectiveness

The programme has managed to get nine young start-ups to sign commercial agreements with large industrial companies to design Industry 4.0 solutions. In that way, the start-ups Icommunity, GreeMko, PayMark Fast, Siali, Appark.me, Inar Tecnología, Intensas, Xabet and Donax have worked for six months with the large companies AENOR, Airbus, IECA, BSH, BASF, Presto Ibérica, CAF , Cereal Siro Foods and FINSA to solve challenges of these firms such as automatising product traceability, control of manufacturing processes and calculation of the carbon footprint (Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism 2020).

Strengths

The programme facilitates mutually beneficial collaborations between young start-ups and well-established large industrial companies. In addition, the Ministry of Industry has given continuous support through mentoring and training actions of the School of Industrial Organisation. Moreover, the programme has offered to the start-ups a virtual acceleration space (Blanco 2018).

Weaknesses

Despite the programme developed by the ministry, there are still many industrial companies that do not consider digital transformation necessary in their business strategies. Thus, the ministry should increase the coverage an accesibility of the programme (Blanco 2018).

Examples

AENOR, Airbus, IECA, BSH, BASF, Presto Ibérica, CAF , Cereal Siro Foods and FINSA.
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