Through mastering the next wave of automation (cobots, exoskeletons, additive manufacturing), data exchange (IoT, cloud computing) and artificial intelligence, truly digital and flexible manufacturing will be unlocked as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This will be key to greater productivity and better job conditions, thus making the relocation of production facilities outside the EU redundant. However, as these technologies develop at breakneck speeds, we see that they are not being fully leveraged to achieve a truly competitive and sustainable EU industry, particularly in the SME ecosystem.
At Bax & Company, we have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge in the intersection between technology, business and policy in the industry and manufacturing domain. We understand sustainable manufacturing is a holistic process, from the design to the end-of-life stage. Together with our clients, we work to effectively integrate new technologies in this transition towards digital flexible manufacturing. That’s why we build new multi-stakeholder frameworks (involving technical, executive and employees representatives) and multi-criteria business cases. Only the development of human competences in synergy with technological progress will ultimately lead to creating agile and sustainable value networks.
We support public administration and manufacturing networks (clusters) to understand the societal impact of new manufacturing technologies. This acts as baseline input to jointly define strategic educational and training programmes to improve their competitiveness in the mid-term.
SUPPORTING THE INTEGRATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES
We provide strategic support to SMEs, RTOs, and agencies working with SMEs to understand the benefits of Industry 4.0, leveraging novel adoption frameworks to facilitate the effective introduction of new technologies that could generate a greater impact in their manufacturing processes.
BUILDING SUCCESSFUL R&D&i COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVES
We have conceptualised and implemented successful triple-helix collaborative initiatives that allow the accelerated development of novel Industry 4.0 technologies. To do so, we typically leverage the Framework Programme, H2020/Horizon Europe (INEA), and Interreg VA/VB programmes (ERDF), among others. Results reach the market and benefit EU society in the coming three to five years, enabling SMEs to tap into innovative niche markets that will increase their competitiveness.
STRATEGIC INSIGHTS FOR YOUR MID- AND LONG-TERM VISION
Trend management and foresight studies allow individual entities to understand the degree of maturity and adoption of international trends and novel developments. Through these studies, we help public administration understand the impact of such technologies on their regional economy.
NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Whether an established player or new to Industry 4.0, we can help you identify innovative business opportunities, starting with the definition of strategic multi-criteria frameworks for risk-attractiveness assessment, leading to the definition of innovative business models and use cases.
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