Chile and Uruguay discuss opportunities and threats posed by the new industrial revolution

Chile and Uruguay discuss opportunities and threats posed by the new industrial revolution

MONTEVIDEO, 3 December 2017 - Representatives of the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO) and its Advanced Manufacturing Programme have visited Uruguay’s Centre for Mechatronics and Automation Technology (CAIME) to identify ways to collaborate on advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0. The visit is the first activity stemming from the South-South cooperation agreement between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Uruguay.

CAIME is a joint initiative between Uruguay’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining and UNIDO. Its main objective is to improve the technical skills of industrial workers as well as to increase access to technology by local manufacturing companies. CORFO is in charge of producing a roadmap for advanced manufacturing with a focus on dynamic competitive advantages and technological development in the so-called ‘intelligent’ industrial sectors in Chile.

The two-day visit included visits to the Technology Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU), the National Agency of Research and Innovation (ANNI) and the Uruguayan Chamber of Industries (CIU). Representatives from both countries discussed the challenge ahead for a transition from traditional to advanced manufacturing, and the policy instruments that need to be created to take advantage of the opportunities and threats presented by the new industrial revolution.

The visit concluded with a workshop attended by 50 people from Uruguay’s public and private sectors. Participants reached a consensus that the region needs to move towards advanced manufacturing and industry 4.0 to leapfrog ahead in the fields of technology development and innovation. The challenge is to cost-effectively adapt technologies, including cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, Big Data, additive manufacturing, to specific country needs, such as the mining industry in Chile. In this sense, priority will be given to modules/technologies that could have a greater impact on productivity and profitability, like preventive maintenance and energy optimization systems.

UNIDO´s regional representative, Manuel Albaladejo, said that “given the challenges faced by medium and high-income countries, advanced manufacturing and industry 4.0 are key areas for South-South cooperation where UNIDO has a clear role and advantage over other UN agencies.”

For more information, please contact:

Manuel Albaladejo

UNIDO Representative

UNIDO Regional Office in Uruguay


Related Information:

Press release - UNIDO opens mechatronic training Centre in Uruguay 

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Report - Industry 4.0: Opportunities and Challenges of the New Industrial Revolution for Developing Countries and Economies in Transition