ERNACT network secures €1.5 million for REGIONS 4.0 project

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Interreg Europe monitoring committee approves ERNACT ‘Regional policies adopting Industry 4.0 for their Digital Transformation’ project.
27 March 2019 - ERNACT  project
On 26 March 2019 the Interreg Europe monitoring committee announced the approval of the ERNACT-led REGIONS 4.0 project, one of 74 projects approved out of a total 170 applications received.

REGIONS 4.0 (or Regional policies adopting Industry 4.0 for their Digital Transformation) was allocated a budget of €1.5 million to facilitate increased Industry 4.0 (I4.0) policy cooperation between regions, including how to accelerate the digital transformation of manufacturing SMEs and availability of I4.0 skills.

Industry 4.0, commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, is the name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. 

Following the announcement, Brian Boyle, Chairperson of the ERNACT transnational network, stated that "ERNACT has assembled a complementary suite of innovative projects that together can have a significant impact on the digital transformation of member cities and regions. It is testimony to the depth of cooperation that now exists in the network".

ERNACT will lead 7 partners, represented by an appropriate mix of partners from each region's innovation value-chain including managing authorities, universities, Industry 4.0 centres of excellence and business development intermediaries.

ERNACT Project Leader, Jose Manuel san Emeterio, who coordinated the development of the proposal stated that, "EU innovation policy instruments need to adapt to allow I4.0 innovation centres in less developed regions to work jointly with multiple I4.0 centres of excellence 
in highly developed regions, specialising in Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics or Internet of Things".

Project partners include: ERNACT (Ireland), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Business Agency Association (Bulgaria), Regional Development Agency of West Region Romania (Romania), Business and Innovation Centre of Beira Interior (Portugal), Hof University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Regional Government of Cantabria (Spain) and Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne AG (Switzerland).

Click here to email  Eilís Mc Fadden at ERNACT for further information

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