This Friday, March 2, the Mont Blanc Industries Cluster and the Auvergne Industrial Efficiency cluster were welcomed at The Pfeiffer Vacuum premises in Annecy to announce their merger into a new entity, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Industrie 4.0. This strategic rapprochement will enable the integration of the skills of big data, smart metrology and scanning support into the high-precision machining and mecatronic industry. This merger is the culmination of a three-year collaboration that has shown the complementarity of the two structures with projects such as the prototyping of the engineer's Data Scientist training or common approaches to metrology in the service of predictive maintenance. With this merger, Aura Industrie 4.0 reaffirms the ambition of its two parties to support industrial companies in the region in the face of new digital challenges, industry 4.0 and its potential. In addition to the complementarity of skills on which to capitalize, this merger will allow the new entity to radiate geographically over the whole of the new region by pooling resources. The next step is to create an alliance between the three major competitiveness clusters that are Mont-Blanc Industries, Plastipolis and ViaMéca that brings together the strength of a collective in the face of major calls for projects and operational agility in a wider territory.
A shared vision and method
Industry 4.0, the factory of the future and the digital transition are at the heart of the strategy of the Mont Blanc Industries cluster which has made it a priority with projects such as Usitronic for example or robotics projects for the machining of sensitive parts in aeronautics, objects of several FUI labeled by the pole. For its part, the Auvergne Industrial Efficiency (e-cluster) cluster was created three years ago in Clermont-Ferrand to promote innovation and efficiency at the right cost through the relevant use of data provided, in particular by industry, by its expertise in Big Data and data processing.
The collaboration between the two structures began around the Mont Blanc Excellence label and very quickly the links were forged on a shared vision of the industry and the projects to be carried out around the 4.0 industry by combining the know-how related to big data with the organization of the digital transition and smart metrology.
Thus, the training of Data Scientist of the engineer was born under the direction of the e-cluster with the help of five industrial companies of Mont-Blanc Industries including three managers of Pfeiffer Vacuum. This first course of its kind is in validation at the Conference of Great Schools and a specialized Master's degree (B.A. 6) opens at the Sigma School of Engineering in Clermont-Ferrand in the beginning of 2018.
Work on metrology and its impact on productivity is also underway. They often complement and confirm in their minds work already undertaken by the industrialists of the pole by offering them new skills and new perspectives to deploy them.
Sustainability and radiation
This merger reinforces the sustainability of the actions carried out by the two structures that will retain their respective brands and actions of their own. Aura Industrie 4.0 thus becomes a key player in industrial policy in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region by implementing the administrative simplification and mutualisation of resources expected and by radiating at the regional as well as at the national level.
Future alliance and agility
Aura Industrie 4.0 will continue this process of building a large industrial ecosystem in the region with its alliance policy that will enable several calls for projects to be met at European level. Thus, the strategic alliance forged between Mont Blanc Industries and Plastipolis in 2016 will extend to ViaMéca for joint projects that will benefit the entire industrial fabric of the region. Through this method two strong ideas emerge: the strength of the group on the one hand, the agility and proximity preserved from the structures on the other.
The confidence of banking partners
At the same time, The two historical banking partners of Mont-Blanc Industries, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes People's Bank and Crédit Agricole des Savoie have decided to implement a new special zero-rate loan industry 4.0. Amounting to up to 150,000 euros, it will cover projects that allow industrialists to go further in their transformation towards industry 4.0.
"Being a partner banker means being at the side of companies to support them in their development. Our job is to bring with them the evolutions and to promote the modernization of production tools towards the solutions proposed by industry 4.0. All these innovations and progress will help to develop the competitiveness of our regional companies on the national and international scene," explains Lionel Raymond, Regional Commercial Director Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes People's Bank.
"Investing today means preparing for tomorrow. Our role as the leading regional bank is to encourage the efforts of companies looking to improve their competitiveness and move to Industry 4.0," said Richard Laborie, Deputy Managing Director, Crédit Agricole des Savoie.
"It is the fusion of a more vertical organization, the pole, with a more horizontal organization, the e-cluster, to go further together on the subject of industrial efficiency, data processing, semantic web and IoT for more performance. It is also an opportunity for us to be immediately in contact with industrial partners, to benefit from their data and to access projects eligible for fui," concludes Jean-Michel Pou, president of the e-cluster Auvergne Industrial Efficiency.
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