The GrowIn 4.0 project will assemble, test and further develop business tools and solutions that will make it easier for manufacturing small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to transition to Industry 4.0.
Industry 4.0 will offer substantial opportunities to SMEs to capture the potential for productivity and growth in the manufacturing industries. Computing and automation will transform business processes and systems in ways that are difficult to predict.
This project seeks to exploit new technologies by developing new business models and processes to increase efficiency and improve competitiveness. Working alongside SMEs, GrowIn 4.0 will improve skills and competencies to raise innovation levels through extensive networks that combine knowledge and new approaches.
The Business School at ARU is working together with the Faculty of Science and Engineering to lead the study on digitisation in manufacturing SMEs, and supporting business strategy tool development and SME engagement. The two faculties are one of 17 partners from six regions: the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
The project began in summer 2017 and will run for three years, with a total of 1.8m euros worth of funding from the Interreg North Sea Region (2017-2020). It will establish strong partnerships through which the main challenges and solutions of implementing and exploring Industry 4.0 will be investigated. The results of these new or improved methods and tools will be applied within different areas of the North Sea Region.
The GrowIn 4.0 project is part of the Centre for Research into the Organization of Work and Consumption (CROWC).
Visit the official GrowIn 4.0 website.
For further information, please contact the Project Lead for ARU, Professor Chris Ivory ([email protected]).