The project meeting in Pamplona between the partners and their stakeholders took place from 31 May to 1 June. The main activities in the Spanish city were aimed at completing the last study visits that, due to Covid-19, had not been carried out in the various companies supporting the adoption of I4.0 proposed by the Government of Navarra. In addition, the last months of the project were discussed and planned until the final dissemination event scheduled for spring 2023.

The project, currently in its second phase, is seeing the participating regions finalise their Action Plans before being validated by the Interreg Europe programme.

At the interregional workshop, the partners and stakeholders presented the activities planned for Phase 2 with their monitoring indicators.

More specifically, the meeting focused on:

  • The presentation of the final Action Plans, with a focus on the work plan of Phase 2 activities and monitoring.
  • Learn about the monitoring system at the interregional level and the activities planned for Phase 2.
  • Test a series of publicly funded measures to support i4.0 transformation in Navarra.

The event organised in Navarra allowed the partners to catch up on activities that are very crucial to the project, which unfortunately the last few years made it impossible to continue due to Covid-19. In fact, three highly stimulating study visits organised by the Regional Government of Navarra were completed. Specifically, during the first day, the entire partnership was hosted by:

  1. Conor Bikes: This is a company that has developed a digital transformation plan within the framework of the Itinerario 4.0 call for tenders, building an automated warehouse. The purpose of the visit is to understand a concrete case of investment in i4.0.
  2. Tknika Centre: It is a centre promoted by the Vice-Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of the Department of Education of the Basque Government, located in Renteria, a municipality in the neighbouring Basque province of Gipuzkoa. Innovation and applied research are at the heart of Tknika, in its continuous effort to place Basque vocational training at the forefront of Europe. Tknika is inspired by some of the most advanced vocational training centres in the world. Through networking and the direct involvement of Basque vocational training staff, the centre develops innovative projects in the areas of technology, education and management.
  3. Dinabide DIH: a Digital Innovation Hub promoted by the Sakana Development Agency (Sakana is a region of Navarre) and the Municipality of Irurtzun, a municipality located 20 km from Pamplona and home to Dinabide's facilities. Dinabide aims to generate a community of knowledge, entrepreneurship and experience-oriented toward digital transformation. The facility offers co-working, demonstration and training services and covers areas such as additive polymer manufacturing, 3D scanning and collaborative robotics, all at basic and advanced levels. As a novelty, additive manufacturing of metals has also recently been integrated.

The second day was completely dedicated to the discussion within the partnership. Each region presented the regional activities that will be implemented during Phase 2, with a focus on regional monitoring. Special attention was then paid to how stakeholders will be involved in Phase 2. Finally, the partners were updated on the state of the art of the project both from an administrative and a communication point of view. Moreover, it was announced on this last point that the final project event will be held in spring 2023 in Florence.

On the 40Ready Twitter account are made available pictures of the partnership activities.

A video summary of the two-day work of the 40Ready partnership is made available below: