BI-REX (Big Data Innovation & Research EXcellence), the first Industry 4.0 Competence Centre, was born yesterday in Bologna.

This consortium, led by the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, gathers in privat-public partnership fifty-seven actors such as Universities, Research Centres and Companies.

Among the five involved Universities (University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, University of Ferrara, Modena Reggio-Emilia e Parma), the one of Bologna had a major role, inasmuch as it led the proposal presentation, the negotiation and then the centre construction.

The negotiation with the Ministry of Economic Development ended in just five months allowing the BI-REX to become the first Italian competence centre to start, among the selected eight.

The centre is composed by 45 companies belonging to different sectors such as mechatronics, services, finance, ICT, biomedical, agri-food, energy, environment and automotive. It is a pleasure to announce that the SAMP Group is part of it. This is a further demonstration that innovation is one of our core value.

The BI-REX Competence Centre will provide Italian companies, especially SME, with assistance in choosing the best enabling technology, in primis industrial big data, cyber security, additive manufacture, robotics, Industry 4.0 training, the innovation project start up, and industrial research as well as experimental development.

The partner companies will be committed to directly finance and to realize new industrial products and processes through the development and the adoption of the Industry 4.0 advanced technologies.

Also, the Emilia Romagna public bodies will actively participate to the project, strengthening its support and commitment. The region, thus, deems the competence centre a further powerful aggregation tool for the actors involved in the innovation and Smart Specialisazion Strategy.