Industry 4.0: Growth exists, but training is still needed

The encouraging picture emerging from the 4th Industry 4.0 Observatory shows a market in great development, but there is still a priority theme to address: training. The Industry 4.0 market in Italy grew in 2017 to between 2.3 and 2.4 billion euros. Ninety per cent of the projects are Industrial IoT, Analytics and Cloud Manufacturing. Companies have greatly increased their knowledge and awareness of Industry 4.0 solutions and on average have already adopted 3.7 applications, mainly IoT and Analytics. This is the encouraging picture that emerged from the 4th Industry 4.0 Observatory, which however also captures the existence of a priority theme still to be addressed: training.

According to the survey conducted by the Industry Observatory 4.0, there are 5 main skills needed to define strategies, design, manage and enable business processes and models:

Lean manufacturing application for Industry 4.0

Digital supply chain management


Smart maintenance


Companies are starting to equip themselves to bridge the gap through staff training, but there is still much to be done. Only 12% of the sample declares to actively involve the HR function in all the phases of the digitalization process, against 30% in which HR participates in a limited way and 40% in which it is not involved or does not exist. In the remaining 18% of cases the sample did not respond or is in an evolving situation.

During the presentation of the Observatory, Alfredo Belsito, General Manager of Engineering Industry, Services and Infrastructure, stressed that training and change management are a priority for Industry 4.0. The development of technologies and processes requires a relocation and revaluation of human capital and HR should not only be involved but should be central.


Reference: 2018 – 06 – 22                                                                                              Translated by: Lubea News on Line

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