INNO PROVEMENT project ended the phase of thematic exchanges among the partners, and the last transnational meeting, hosted by Marche Region, addressed the subject “Adjusting calls to I4.0 requirements”.

The meeting has been the opportunity to share with the project consortium successful cases of enterprises from Marche Region which brought their experience of the digital transformation on the productive processes.

Sergio Grasso, CEO of Fratelli Guzzini Spa, showed how this company successfully combined digital transformation with sustainability. Fratelli Guzzini is fully aware not only of I.40 current challenge but also of the importance of respecting the environment by developing new innovative re-cycled materials

Virginia Aluzzi, Designer and Communication Manager of Carbon Mind, introduced her company to the participants starting her speech from two key word: ”smart” and “conscious”, words that well explain how this start up integrates I 4.0 processes and basics focusing on environment and social sustainability.

 Gilberto Fiorani, Product & Project Manager of Logical System, talked about the importance of digital transformation for SMEs, and gave the participants a direct example of I4.0 equipment by establishing a live connection with a machinery while it was processing data and other info on the ongoing production process.

Paolo Galli, member of the INNO PROVEMENT stakeholder group and product and innovation Manager of HSD spa, spoke about the importance of creating synergies and integration between European, national and regional funds through innovative policy instruments. Thanks to a national/regional agreement, HSD spa has benefitted of important resources for digitally transforming its production process thus involving in this transformation also its local supplier smaller companies. This successful operation has allowed HSD to obtain the title of “Flagship Company”.

After this overview on some Marche Region I4.0 best practices, each project partners’ delegate shared their ideas on the main subject of the meeting: “Adjusting calls to I.4.0 requirements”.

Partners showed some very interesting good practices developed in their contexts and, stimulated by the previous presentations, asked questions to the representatives of the companies about their experience on digital transformation. Also the representatives from local companies did the same, asking questions to the project partners and discussing on the added value that cooperation could create and on the state of the process of digital transformation in their own regions.

The day ended with the speech of Prof. Fabio Menghini, Indipendent expert from Italian Stakeholder group,

In his closing, Menghini put the attention on the contemporary moment we are all living. In the last year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, industry 4.0 ideas and processes faced a boost due to the new production needs and the need to keep business activity alive. In a very short time in order to face the difficulties and obstacles, we had the chance to reach a good level of transformation, that otherwise would have taken more time to happen. The goals reached are not the end point but the starting for future goals. According to Menghini, identifying those companies that actually bring benefits to the territory, be they historical or new companies, represents the first step to encourage digital transformation.

With this event the first phase of project has come to an end: during the second phase all partners will be committed in the implementation of their own ACTION PLAN. Each partner in fact is going to develop its action plan based on a good practice chose from another partner of the Inno Provement consortium. The aim of the implementation of each action plans is to share and improve local instruments for supporting digital transformation.

To build its own action plan, The Marche Region got inspired by a good practice carried out by the Hungarian Ministry of Finance (lead partner of the project) called “The night of the industry 4.0 model factories”. During this event some high-performance Hungarian factories opened their door to the citizens, to make them understand what digital transformation is.

Once approved by the Joint Secretariat of the Interreg, partners must implement their action plans within the first half of 2023.