The objective of the study was to put forward practical recommendations that can support digitalisation of European industrial companies, especially SMEs. The research focused on five industries particularly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic: construction, retail, textile, automotive and agrofood. Each industry was studied in a country, selected based on the importance of the industry for that country. As such, the study focused on the following country industry pairings: automotive-Hungary, agrofood-Lithuania, construction-Romania, retail-Poland, and textile-Portugal.
The study followed a step-by-step approach involving a gap analysis in selected country-industry pairings, problem definition, identification of EU-wide best practices of industrial digitalisation, implementation of five digitalisation pilots with local companies, and preparation of industry specific toolbox containing recommendations for digitalisation of industrial companies in Europe. Various dissemination and awareness raising activities were organised to promote the study (the study team organised three EU-level workshops, 5 local events to disseminate the study findings and participated in the EDIH Network Annual summit).
For the purpose of the study, the following research methods were deployed: desk research, interviews, SME survey, case studies, local digitalisation pilots.
For the implementation of the study, PPMI worked together with industry experts and Digital Innovation Hubs, each representing one of the five above-mentioned industries.
The study outputs are available online at: https://european-digital-innovation-hubs.ec.europa.eu/knowledge-hub/digitisation-projects-and-initiatives/study-smart-industrial-remoting-europe