It is unstoppable. The digital transformation of companies, the challenges of advanced manufacturing, or what we can agree to refer to as industry 4.0 or industrial revolution 4.0 cannot be held back.

Barcelona Industry Week, the second of Fira de Barcelona’s weeks dedicated to industry 4.0, starts on October 16 and is its response to the new social and economic situation, demonstrating its desire to offer support so that our industrial and productive sectors can face the challenges of digital transformation, dcalled industry 4.0 or advanced manufacturing.

Barcelona Industry Week 2018 revolves around three events that involve highly developed industries: health, with Healthio; the additive manufacturing ecosystem, with (3D)USTRY From Need to Solutions and the IoT Solutions World Congress for the Internet of things, a key factor in the changes affecting the way we make and consume things and how we communicate with each other. It is obvious that Big Data, digitalization, blockchain, the Internet of Things, 3-D, Robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, nanotechnology and virtual reality all represent profound changes.

Studying the impact

There will be 21,000 professional visitors, 450 exhibiting companies and 600 experts taking part in the week. Besides the presentations, there will be a debate on the many aspects of the sectors affected by Industry 4.0, from the technology itself to company structures and society. This is the intention behind the ‘Inspiring the Industrial Future’ sessions sponsored by Barcelona’s Zona Franca Consortium.Presentación Constantí Serrallonga Fira de Barcelona

“We want Fira to be a great meeting place for the new industry and the opportunities it opens up. We are following the strategy of the institution in acting as a driver of the country’s economy, with a clear commitment to innovation and supporting companies in their technological transition” explained Constantí Serralonga, CEO of Fira de Barcelona, in the presentation of the event.

For his part, Salvador Tasqué, director of
the In-house Business department of Fira, commented that “our capacity to adapt to changes will clearly have a decisive influence on the competitiveness of compaies in a global environment. This is why the efforts that the automobile industry, the capital goods or the health sectors are making in Catalonia are so important, they have gone furthest in their digital transformation and they are all present in this week”.

Besides the salons in the fair, there are other organizations in Catalonia that promote industry 4.0, including the 21 centres developing new solutions grouped in the TECNIO network, professional associations and a dozen or so clusters. The sectors with the most potential for applying industry 4.0 are the automobile industry, capital goods and health and medical equipment, along with transport, logistics and distribution. They will all feature in the different salons held by Fira de Barcelona.

Around 8% of Spanish industrial sectors can be considered digitalized, and the figure is expected to reach 19% in 2023. Some 38% of telecom and internet companies have a digital strategy, along with 15% of infrastructure companies but only 10% of industrial firms.

In global terms, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Norway and the United States are the leading countries in this process of this transformation, which is unstoppable.

R.P.