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A&T The international Enterprise 4.0 technology trade fair

Innovative Italy, Industrial Italy, Digital Italy:
the Enterprise 4.0 scenario in Italy

The European House – Ambrosetti present at A&T (the international Enterprise 4.0 technology trade fair) to offer its perspective on digital revolution scenarios in terms of the economic and cultural impacts for Italy.

Innovative Italy, Industrial Italy, Digital Italy: the Enterprise 4.0 scenario in Italy

The European House – Ambrosetti present at A&T (the international Enterprise 4.0 technology trade fair) to offer its perspective on digital revolution scenarios in terms of the economic and cultural impacts for Italy.

 The digital revolution cannot be avoided, believes Filippo Peschiera (Head of the Industrial Plans and Implementation Practice of The European House – Ambrosetti). To survive in the current climate, Italian companies must understand the need to launch a radical transformation that incorporates innovations deriving from Industry 4.0, with a two-fold goal: on one hand, create (and seize) new business opportunities and, on the other, reduce costs and increase their efficiency.

Italy has launched Industry 4.0, now Enterprise 4.0, somewhat behind its German (2011), Spanish (2014) and French (2015) neighbors, but its incentive plan and initiatives are the most detailed and financially best-endowed in Europe. The opportunities for Italy are excellent and not just in sectors that are intrinsically placed to experience a major impact from technological innovation (for example, machinery and automotive), but also those sectors for which Italy is known globally (first and foremost fashion, luxury and food).

To successfully embark on the road to digitalization, the key tool is competencies. One of the reasons why Italy continues to plod is the lack of technical personnel capable of implementing this revolution. Comparison of the number of Italian students enrolled in ITS (Technical Higher Education) institutes and those of its European neighbors is astonishing: 10,000 in Italy compared with 760,000 in Germany, 530,000 in France and 400,000 in Spain. In 2018, other incentives are on the way which aim to train 20,000 ITS students by the year 2020 with a clear focus on reaching 100,000, but Italy will still be in last place!

The journey has just begun and only a year-and-half from the launching of the plan, already 53% of Italian companies have placed their bets on technologies that foster digitalization.

What message should be sent to the 41% of SMEs that have yet to move in this direction? Investment in equipment by companies, stimulated by incentives in the Enterprise 4.0 Plan, will be the primary driver for an increase in GDP and will contribute to relaunching the national economy as a whole.

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