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PPMI successfully completes the Smart Industrial Remoting study

15 Sep 2023

PPMI successfully completes the Smart Industrial Remoting study

PPMI successfully completes the Smart Industrial Remoting study

PPMI has recently completed the 16-month study titled ‘Smart Industrial Remoting: remote working in non-digitalised industries’.  

The study, conducted between April 2022 and July 2023, analysed the challenges faced by companies in adopting digital technologies and put forward practical recommendations for business digitalisation. The study focuses on five industries that were particularly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and are characterised by a large share of SMEs and companies of low digital maturity, each studied in a dedicated country:  

  • Agrifood industry in Lithuania 

  • Automotive industry in Hungary 

  • Construction industry in Romania 

  • Retail industry in Poland 

  • Textile industry in Portugal 

The study started with a gap analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the five industries chosen for the study. Then, the study team carried out problem identification to understand problems faced by small industrial companies when digitalising. A collection of best practices then analysed company case studies to define best practice principles for successful digital transformation. In the next phase of the study, five digitalisation pilots were conducted over a six-month period in collaboration with industrial SMEs and Digital Innovation Hubs. Finally, the findings and lessons learned garnered during the study were incorporated into a Digitalisation toolbox. The toolbox puts forward practical advice for companies and the supporting ecosystem to move forward in their digitalisation journeys. 

Throughout the project, PPMI organised a series of workshops, attended by businesses, industry associations, academics and public sector representatives, as well as Digital Innovation Hubs. You can access the workshop summaries and recordings by visiting the dedicated page on our website. 

The study’s recommendations will inform the work of the European Commission and advise the European Digital Innovation Hub network (EDIH) and its clients. The study has been publishedon the Knowledge Hub of the EDIH network, where you can access all its outputs. 

The project was carried out byPPMI in cooperation with five digital innovation hubs:AgriFood Lithuania DIH, CITEVEin Portugal, in Poland,FIT EDIHin Romania, andInnominein Hungary. 

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