TRIESTE, 15 November 2018 – Representatives of Italy’s private sector, academia and the regional government have gathered to discuss innovation, competitiveness and Industry 4.0 under the aegis of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS). The event was organized by UNIDO and the GMIS Organizing Committee, in cooperation with the government of the Friuli Venezia Giuliaregion, AREA Science Park, World Trade Centre Trieste, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Investment and Promotion Office (ITPO) Italy.
The GMIS roadshow event consisted of three discussion segments, the first of which discussed the potential of Italy’s strategic national plan, “Piano Nationale Industria 4.0”, for harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, while the second focused on Italy’s vision for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through digital manufacturing. The final segment was an interactive session, soliciting feedback from participants on their top priorities and potential solutions to key challenges facing the manufacturing sector.
Diana Battaggia, Head of UNIDO ITPO Italy, said: “Advanced manufacturing technologies can help production become more efficient and scalable, creating new economic sectors, markets, and opportunities. Green solutions may also become more achievable through the Fourth Industrial Revolution, allowing us to better mitigate and adapt industrial emissions, and safeguard the environment.
“However, we must also be careful to make sure that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is inclusive. The economic and environmental gains will be wasted if growing numbers of citizens cannot access the Fourth Industrial Revolution jobs market. Digital inclusion for all people will be crucial,” she underlined.
Namir Hourani, Managing Director of the GMIS Organizing Committee, added: “Italy’s National Business Plan 4.0 is yet another example of how governments could provide the environment required to embrace the benefits of the Fourth Iindustrial Revolution and the potential impact it can have on economies, talent and cities around the world. The value of technological developments can only be unlocked through joint collaboration.
“Governments, manufacturing organizations, SMEs and the community in general need to be a part of the conversation and this is what the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit is all about. We’re bringing the right people together, on the right platform and we’re encouraging them to collaborate, to voice their concerns and to exchange ideas on how to transform the future of manufacturing locally and globally, and this is exactly what we were able to achieve at our roadshow in Trieste today,” said Hourani.
Sergio Emidio Bini, Regional Minister of Friuli Venezia Giulia for Industry and Tourism, said: "Trieste and the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia are moving forward in their internationalization process. The organization, in partnership with UNIDO and ITPO Italy, of a roadshow event in the regional capital leading towards the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS) 2019 in the Russian Federation represents an important opportunity to create links between local industries and foreign markets."
Maria Trubnikova, Head of Department of International Business Cooperation, World Trade Center Moscow, noted that “At GMIS-2019 we are aiming at bridging the gap between manufacturers, governments and non-governmental organizations, technologists and investors from all over the world to create ‘more than a synergy’ that will enable us to shape the future of manufacturing and identify solutions that advance global prosperity and sustainability.”
Following the interactive segment, participants then embarked on a “factories of the future tour” aimed at providing a practical illustration of best practices for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Wärtsilä Italia S.p. A., which provides smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for marine and energy markets, facilitated a guided tour of their Trieste production centre for attendees.
The consensus points from the Trieste roadshow event will be brought forward to inform the GMIS Summit 2019 taking place in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, under the theme of “nature-based technologies” in July 2019.
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