Partners from Cantabrian Government (Spain) have been also busy during the last months working on their Regional Action Plan to best adapt innovation policies to support the manufacturing sector as a result of the emergence of Industry 4.0 (I4.0).

Our Spanish partners belive that industrial reinforcement is one of the key priorities in the development of the regions and this industrial reinforcement will not take place, if the regions are not able to associate innovation and new technologies with the industrial production, especially after the COVID 19 pandemic situation and its impact in all European Regions. "It is an essential task for Cantabria to develop action plans and strategies around these important areas. We want to achieve the creation and support of open innovation systems, to foster the creation of new products, the implementation of new processes and the improvement of the activity of our traditional industry through their digitalisation", explains DIGITAL REGIONS project partner and Innovation, Technogical Development and Industrial Entrepreneurship Managing Director, Jorge Muyo.

The main action of the Cantabrian RAP is 'Fast track tool for digitalisation of SMEs (FTFDS)' that aims to increase the level of digitalisation of the regional SMEs from the five thematic ecosystems in the Smart Specialisation Strategy. Among others, our partners will accelerate the investment of companies in the region, especially SMEs in Cantabria of all productive sectors, promoting the efficient use of aid for the development and implementation of new technologies in traditional production systems. Another important aspect will be to increase the number of employees who possess the necessary skills to be able to better perform in the productive environment demanded by advanced manufacturing. Also, create an environment in which companies know the potential in the implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies in their production, management and manufacturing systems. 

The inspiration to develop this RAP comes from the good practices shared by four DIGITAL REGIONS project partners: Co-Learning Lab, from Hof University (Germany); Industry 4.0 Voucher, CIEBI - Centro de Inovação Empresarial da Beira Interior (Portugal); Digitalization Parkour, by Switzerland Innovation Park Biel / Bienne; and, Digital Innovation Hub Slovenia and FabLab Network Slovenia, shared by the Faculty of Electrotechnics Engineering at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Read the Regional Action Plan.

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