Industry 4.0 in Europe: when development is a European matter

One billion euros to promote Industry 4.0 research and innovation: this is the investment that the European Commission will make as from next year to promote research and innovation programmes in areas such as robotics, the Internet of things and artificial intelligence. The development of the European production network and its global competitiveness is the objective shared by all Member States, as confirmed by the many initiatives launched in this field precisely by the European Union. Starting from Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research and innovation programme, with nearly €80 billion of funding over 7 years (2014 to 2020), up to the coordination platform European Industry 4.0, presented in March at the Digital Day in Rome.  

The platform’s main objective is to promote the digitisation of the manufacturing sector throughout Europe, provide a forum to explore experiences, initiatives and common approaches to regulatory problems, promote collaborations and investments, put in place new strategies for re-skilling of the workforce and ensure the commitment of Member States, regions and the private sector.

The Platform builds on 13 ongoing national policy initiatives in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. It will expand to welcome and support new upcoming national initiatives which are under preparation in nine more countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, United Kingdom).