SME integration to Industry 4.0 SME integration to Industry 4.0


The main objective of this partnership is to involve SMEs to the Industry 4.0 paradigm by increasing their absorption of specialised digital services. There is an identified need to facilitate the transition of SMEs towards the Industry 4.0 paradigm to boost their integration into digital (global) value chains by fostering the adoption of specialised digital services. This means technological, behavioural and business model change for them. For Industry 4.0 paradigm, the digital transformation is the one of the most important business trends. To be successful, the digital transformation has to involve not just single companies, but all the partners across the extended value chain. The digitalisation should allow partners along the supply chain:

  • to improve products and/or services;
  • to reduce costs;
  • to manage operations in a more efficient way;
  • to better stand their competition position (access to data and information useful to fasting and better answer to the market needs).
  • Awareness: making SMEs aware about the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0 paradigms and about the clear added value of a reinforced cross-border cooperation in these fields;
  • Platform: the creation of digital ecosystems based on The Open Source Platform, accelerating time-to-market, speed up innovation and minimise risks; the SaaS approach (Software as a Service) facilitates SMEs’ access to innovative digital services without having to invest on expensive infrastructures or licences;
  • Projects: promoting tools and approaches that can be effectively integrated within the SMEs production.

Throughout the integration of SMEs into the Industry 4.0 concept, the partners aim to develop common projects based on an open source platform and to reinforce cooperation, together with SMEs and other stakeholders, along European value chains, surveying both the demand and supply side and providing demonstrational and development services in order to accelerate and catalyse the process of matchmaking within the European Value Chain.

The partnership will:

  • focus on KET and roadmaps to increase productivity and added value, but also promoting new business models for SMEs;
  • integrate systems according to the paradigm of the Strategy 4.0.: production, training, knowledge and skills, investments and actions using Software as a Service (Saas) platform;
  • have a market-oriented approach;
  • focus on fast growing sectors, as well as traditional sectors (i.e. fashion industries, mechanics, tourism, etc.) as a tool to renew them and to compete in the global market (i.e. smart factory);
  • favour interaction between emerging and traditional clusters and innovation cooperative processes.


List of Regions and Countries involved

Participating regions:
Castilla y Leon (ES)
Catalonia and
Valencia (ES).


Contact details of the Leading Regions

Francesca D'ANGELO, (Tuscany)
Manuela BIGI, (Tuscany)
Wim MARTENS, (Castilla y Leon)
Javier MINGUEZ, (Valencia)
Dr. Krisztina BÁRDOS, (Hungary)
Silvia CASTELLVI, (Catalonia)


Contact details of JRC