In Denmark as in many other industrialized countries, the future industries are a central business policy focus area. The movement toward Industry 4.0, which is the integration between the digital world and the physical production, is regarded as the industry of tomorrow. Therefore; it is crucial to support automation, digitilisation and servitisation of production enterprises.
The objective is to develope a project where experiences and developed methods and tools in different regions are made available for the other regions who participates in the project, so they can use and test those tools in their own environment through pilot projects etc. Over the course of the project new methods and approaches to support growth in SME´s will be developed. It is expected that the transnational and manifold partnership will be particularly fruitful for the development of new ideas. Initially; the project may be divided into four professional work-packages, e.g.:
WP1: New business models and strategy development in relation to the global market
WP2: Development of products, better use of technology and design
WP3: Industrial incubation and start of new companies
WP4: Training and education as well as the recruitment of staff with relevant qualifications.
Central Denmark Region (CDR) har a variety of cencepts, methods, tools, etc. related to the above mentioned work packages, which we wish to bring into the project.
In relation to WP1, we have programs targeted at SMEs with themes surrounding industrial business models, internationalisation and networks. An analysis has resulted in a model of corporate growth progress and a "growth compass". During WP2 concepts for private counselling and cooperation between knowledge institutions and businesses may be mentioned. During WP3 the region has experience in establishing ex. industry incubators. In WP4 we have analysed the future needs of skills in the industry and focused on increasing the vocational education training (VET) required by the industry.
It is possible to group some of the proposed work packages, to skip some, or to include work packages with other subjects. The project partners choose for themselves which work package(s) they wish to be involved in and thus each partner does not need to participate in all work packages.