• ATIGA and Xunta de Galicia presented the conclusions of the study ‘Opportunities Industry 4.0 in Galicia’, in which more than 350 companies participated
  • ‘Safety & Security’ and ‘Automation and advanced and collaborative robotics’ are the technologies 4.0 most implemented in the Galician companies
  • Companies point to financing and training as the main barriers to the implementation of Industry 4.0
  • The Regional Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry of the Xunta de Galicia, Francisco Conde, presided over the event in the City of Culture of Galicia

Santiago de Compostela, March 20, 2018.- The Intersectoral Technological Alliance of Galicia (ATIGA) and Xunta de Galicia presented in the City of Culture of Galicia the results of the study ‘Opportunities Industry 4.0 in Galicia’, promoted by the Galician Institute of Economic Promotion (IGAPE), ATIGA and the technological centers that make up the alliance: AIMEN, ANFACO-CECOPESCA, CTAG, EnergyLab, Gradiant and ITG. The day, chaired by the Regional Minister of Economics, Economy and Industry of the Xunta de Galicia, Francisco Conde, had the participation of more than 150 representatives of the Galician business sector.
The study carried out in recent months had the triple objective of knowing the current technological level of the Galician business sector, identifying opportunities for progress in the industrial sector and adapting public policies to the needs of the different productive sectors. More than 350 companies participated in its elaboration, for which it also had the collaboration of clusters and business associations and with the advice of sectorial and technological experts.
The main conclusion, as stated by Ana Paul, coordinator of the study, states that “Galician companies are aware of the need to bet on the industry 4.0 and some sectors such as aeronautics, automotive or agriculture&food already have an important degree of implementation”.
In the event, the results were presented and two round tables were held in which representative companies of the main Galician industrial sectors participated. The level of implementation of emerging technologies and development strategies were discussed throughout the day.

Potential of 4.0 in key areas of companies
The companies of the strategic sectors analyzed consider that the potential contribution of the 4.0 technologies is relevant both in production and in the field of people, products and services or advancement of quality.
The element that generates value associated with production stands out as the value driver in which the highest potential for advancement is detected.

Implementation of 4.0 technologies
The study data reflects that the Galician business fabric is within a key moment in which it refers to the implementation of Industry 4.0 as many companies began to implement these technologies in specific areas of the production process, but do not have it completely implanted in your business model.
The main motivations that lead companies to implement this type of technology are the advancement of productivity and the most efficient use of resources, through the optimization of production systems and management systems.
The sectors of the Automotive, Agri-Food and Bio and Aeronautical sectors are those that register a higher level of implementation of the 4.0 technologies in the Galician business fabric.
Currently, 37.3% of the companies consulted are in Phase 2 of implementation and began to carry out actions aimed at the dixital transformation at some stage of the production cycle. Among the technologies currently implemented in the industrial sector, the most outstanding are those of Safety & Security and Automation and Advanced and Collaborative Robotics, present, respectively, in 25% and in 24% of the companies consulted. In any case, the level of implementation does not reach 30%, which reflects the high potential of the 4.0 technologies.
In this sense, the three coincide in their investment strategy focused on digital transformation. In fact, Big Data technology is the technology with the highest forecast of implementation in these three sectors, with 68%, 58% and 56% of the companies consulted, respectively, that plan to implement Big Data technology.

Main barriers and defendant support
The companies that participated in the study were also consulted about the main barriers they face in the implementation of the 4.0 industrial model and almost two thirds of the sample, 63.5%, acknowledged that financing is the main obstacle. Uncertainty about the return on investment (36.8%) is also cause for concern, which is why 75% of companies demand from the Administration aid for investments in infrastructure and ICT solutions.
These are not the only concerns of the business sector regarding the development of Industry 4.0, since the lack of knowledge of technologies (36.2%) also appears among the main perceived barriers to the implementation of new technologies. For this reason, 44.3% require qualified training in ICT and Industry 4.0 and 29% require more diagnostic and consultancy services in this area.