Digitisation and new manufacturing technology are radically changing both industry and our society. In view of this, smart strategic reactions are required. Breakthrough technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, robotics and embedded sensors offer a great many opportunities to build and revitalise our industrial base. This is essential to maintaining the competitive power and prosperity of the Netherlands.
In order to make maximum use of the opportunities of Smart Industry, changes to industry and society are needed. By way of TNO's strategy study, we are assisting companies, government agencies and cooperative alliances to reach new insights and identify opportunities. In addition, we provide support in developing new policy and new approaches. These translate into practical innovation programmes that we also help to implement. In this way, we can put industry in touch with policy development and vice versa. This involves, among other things, programmes that create new business for companies, generate new industrial activity in the region or help solve societal issues.
TNO helps companies and government agencies by conducting strategy studies in various areas. We offer support with the development of a Smart Industry strategy and the setting up of innovation partnerships and implementation programmes. To do this, we first conduct reviews, for example of the international development of Smart Industry and Industry 4.0. We are helping European, national and regional governments to draw up agendas for action in order to get Smart Industry moving in concrete consortia (known as digital innovation hubs and fieldlabs). The recently published Implementation Agenda for Smart Industry is a good example of this. Here, TNO is contributing not only the technological expertise related to Industry 4.0 in, but also knowledge in the field of organising fieldlabs, developing their business models and business plans, and in relation to their financing.
A good example of the application of strategy in Smart Industry is the SMITZH programme that TNO has set up together with the province of South Holland, the metropolitan region of Rotterdam - The Hague and Innovation Quarter: Smart Manufacturing Industrial Application in South Holland. Working together in this arrangement are eight fieldlabs and various companies, all focused on developing Smart Industry for aerospace and the maritime sector. The automatisation of production lines for composites is one of the programme lines.
Are you interested in a strategy study for your Smart Industry or would you like more information about how TNO can help you? If so, get in touch with Tom van der Horst.