The Industry 4.0 Phase 2 event was held on April 9 in the main nave of the Azurém Campus of the University of Minho (UMinho Engineering School) in Guimarães.
This 2nd phase of the national project «Digital Economy – Industry 4.0», promoted by the Portuguese Republic, Cotec Portugal, and IAPMEI, was presented by Mr. António Costa.
Industry Fair of the Future
The program of the event began in the morning with the opening of the Industry Fair of the Future (10h00), a national technological show and continued throughout the day with thematic parallel sessions dedicated to topics such as cybersecurity, financing, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, smart factories and work 4.0.
The CCG – Centro de Computação Gráfica was present with a stand at this fair, together with the ALGORITMI Center. The CCG demonstrations showed the companies present the potential of the application of ICT in the industry sector. By embracing these applications, national companies will be able to move towards the digital economy.
António Costa experiments the computer vision and augmented reality demonstrator of CCG
In the afternoon, the Prime Minister visited the Industry Fair of the Future, the presentation of the “Industry 4.0 – 2nd Phase” program and the signing of a protocol between IAPMEI, IQS, UMinho, and Instituto Politécnico de Leiria. Other activities highlighted were the session/debate with companies “Industry 4.0”, the presentation of the project “I9G” and the homage to the ruler João Vasconcelos, recently deceased.
In addition to the Prime Minister, António Costa, interventions were made by the Mayor of Guimarães, Domingos Bragança, the Rector of the University of Minho, Rui Vieira de Castro, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, João Correia Neves, and the Deputy Minister and Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira.
Industry Program 4.0 – Phase II
In phase II of this program, it is hoped to stimulate economic and social growth through the mass digital transformation of the business fabric. The goals of the program are:
- reach and involve more than 20 thousand companies;
- requalify and train more than 200 thousand workers;
- financing more than 350 transforming projects.
€ 600 million of investment is planned and the involvement of 50 public and private entities contributing to the definition of three guidelines:
- generalize I4.0;
- enable I4.0;
- assimilate I4.0.