In 2016, the team of experts led by Prof. Vladimír Mařík, the director of CIIRC CTU, prepared on demand of the Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek the comprehensive document on the National Initiative Industry 4.0. The Government approved the document “Industry 4.0 – the initiative for the Czech Republic” in August 2016 as the national strategy with the long-term goal to promote new approach in industry, industrial development, research and education to even enhance the competitiveness of the Czech Republic. Thus, the Industry 4.0 framed by the initiative became a Czech national theme. CIIRC CTU has significantly contributed to the Industry 4.0 Initiative since its real beginning and now the Centre is acknowledged as the key academic partner of its successful implementation in the Czech Republic.

The Industry 4.0 national initiative assumes the need for greater synergy between academia, large, medium-sized and small enterprises, manufacturers and users of automation and informatics technologies. More than ever before – especially due to the high capital costs in implementing the principles of Industry 4.0, the speed of technological changes and standardisation – it is necessary to interconnect all actors affecting the manufacturing sector.

The Initiative includes measures to promote investment and standardization as well as applied research, and deals with issues related to the cyber security, logistics and normalization. The Czech Republic is a country with one of the longest industrial traditions and it is our ambition for its future to remain tied to industry. The Fourth Industrial Revolution brings with it a number of challenges, but above all it provides a unique opportunity to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the Czech Republic in the global competitive environment.

The Industry 4.0 initiative is a compelling example of success that is based on the integration of diverse approaches and on transparent collaboration between disciplines and sectors not only in the physical world but also in the cyber world.

Source: Ministry of Industry and Trade

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