A joint study by PwC and Agence du Numérique about the maturity and evolution of Industry 4.0 in Wallonia
representing a total turnover of 11 billions euro, employing more than 21,000 people
of respondents said that cost pressure is the main driver for their digital transformation
mentioned the lack of digital culture as their biggest obstacle
confirmed having already seen positive returns on investment
Two years ago PwC Belgium and Flanders Make issued a first report called Industry 4.0: hype or reality? The current state of play in Flemish manufacturing. The research confirmed that no industrial company can afford to ignore the fundamental changes that Industry 4.0 will generate.
Last year we looked into the Belgian start-up et scale-up ecosystem with our report The Perspective of Start-ups and Scale-ups in Belgium.
This year, we decided to deep dive into Industry 4.0 state of play in Wallonia, together with Agence du Numérique, a public service body that is completely dedicated to Wallonia’s digital transformation.
We’ve surveyed a panel of 26 companies active in various industries (food, construction, automotive, pharma, chemicals, etc) and representing a total turnover of 11 billions euro.
73% of respondents mention that the pressure on their costs is the main driver to undertake a digital transformation
The main drivers leading to the implementation of Industry 4.0 initiatives are external changes affecting the organisation, such as market pressure, customer requirements and pressure on the value chain.
87% of respondents see positive impacts of their investments, mainly in terms of production efficiency and cost reductions
The last two years, digital leaders have invested on average 8% of their total turnover per year in their digital transformation. They plan to continue investing about 10% of their turnover per year in the next five years. Clearly, their motivation is the positive return of investment they expect.
85% of the companies invest in robotisation
The high level of this percentage can be explained by the benefits of robotisation: improved workforce performance and reduced arduousness of tasks. As you can read below, the human factor plays a key role in a successful transformation.
It’s no big surprise that the human should be in the centre of the transformation.
Industry 4.0 represents a cultural and human challenge, as much as a technology challenge. The success of a transformation relies on the human factor. Not considering this aspect will slow down the transformation or worse, lead the process to fail.
"Technologies and Industry 4.0 initiatives are not a purpose for an organisation but a way to reach its objectives."
If an organisation wants to thrive and successfully reap the benefits of its transformation, there are the steps to follow.