Around the French capital, industrial firms, institutions and startups are defying the laws of time and space to build the Industry of the Future. 

It is always difficult to measure the impact of a technological revolution. The one that is currently giving birth to Industry 4.0 is no exception to this rule. François Cuny, Executive Officer at the Systematic Paris-Region competitiveness cluster, offered his thoughts on the theme of the digital revolution. “For Systematic, the Industry of the Future comes from the crossbreeding of traditional markets (automotive, materials, chemicals, etc.) with new technologies from the digital domain, such as 3D printing, augmented reality and robotics. This furnishes industrial firms with new opportunities for design, production and even distribution.”

The French ambition for the Industry of the Futureman getting experience using VR-headset glasses of virtual reality presses imaginary interactive monitor on the background of the graphs and charts

Boasting a rich expertise in both the industrial and digital sectors, France has set itself the goal of becoming a world leader in this technological revolution. In spring 2015, the government presented its “Industry of the Future Project” designed to support the industrial modernization of every French business. To implement this policy, eleven professional federations and training organizations launched the “Industry of the Future Alliance”. This organization coordinates the initiatives, projects and activities to promote the modernization and transformation of French industry. It focuses on four priority areas: automation, digitalization of the value chain, additive manufacturing and energy efficiency.

Making the Paris Region a leader

The Paris Region is clearly leading the journey toward Industry 4.0. Since 2014 the Paris Region Regional Council has been carrying out its “Plan Industries Ile-de-France,” to support local micro-businesses and SMEs and ensure their successful transformation. “This race will be won at the local level,” said Cuny. “For a successful transformation, you must communicate, learn and understand each other.”  The “Factory of the Future” component of the Industry of the Future Project features seven key areas of support for local industry including:

  • Strategic agility
  • Competitiveness and Sustainable Development
  • High-performance production
  • Provision of a robot
  • Funding
  • Experimentation
  • Training

These actions will promote the digital transformation of Paris Region factories, but also make them more human, simpler and safer. For example, the “Robot Start” program will allow SMEs to benefit from a robot in their production facility for a limited period. It’s a great way to assess the economic and organizational advantages of automation before making an investment. And to confirm – once and for all – that Industry 4.0 will be created via concrete initiatives, rather than convoluted definitions.

Originally published in Succeed in Paris Region


Upcoming Conferences in the Paris Region:

Forum on Convergence for the Industry of the future
1st edition, 6-9 December 2016
Paris Nord Villepinte

Including two professional events:

Salon Midest
The international event covering the full range of know-how in industrial subcontracting with contracting parties from design offices, R & D services, technical and purchasing directors
Organizer: Reed Expositions
Exhibitors 2015: 1,603 from 39 countries
Visitors: 35,000

Salon Smart Industries
The international event covering the full range of know-how in industrial subcontracting
Organizer: GL events Exhibitions
Exhibitors: 120
Visitors: 3,000