GrowIn 4.0

Growing into Industry 4.0

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 Anglia Ruskin University 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 research centre, IMPact.

Visit the official GrowIn 4.0 website.

The ARU Team


VIA University College
Alliance for the Region GmbH
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
Flanders Make
Voka – Chamber of Commerce of East-Flanders
Open Manufacturing Campus
Strategic Projects Kempen
Opportunity Peterborough
Anglia Ruskin University
Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Hanze UAS
Northern Netherlands Alliance, SNN


For further information, please contact the Project Lead for Anglia Ruskin University, Professor Chris Ivory ([email protected]).