Brazil: towards Industry 4.0
The seminar “Rumo a Industry 4.0” (Towards Industry 4.0), organised by the Brazilian Chamber of Industry 4.0 and SEBRAE (the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises)and supported by the European Union delegation within the framework of the Dialogues project, has taken place at the national headquarters of SEBRAE.
Brazil's Chamber of Industry 4.0 was set up with the task of creating a favourable environment for the development of the sector (including from a legislative point of view), of facilitating and consolidating the synergies between the various stakeholders, and of promoting the participation of government agents, academia, and industry. The aim is to increase exponentially the productivity and competitiveness of Brazilian companies via the development of Industry 4.0.
The Chamber has prepared a 2019-2022 Action Plan for Industry 4.0, built on four axes: technological development and innovation; human capital; production systems and supplier development; and technical regulations and infrastructure.
The various projects supported and implemented by the Chamber include: mapping the initiatives aimed at the transition to Industry 4.0 throughout the national territory; a study aimed at identifying possible opportunities for the Industry 4.0 sector; training processes and coaching programmes for technicians and professionals in the sector (with particular regard to their upskilling); and various initiatives aimed at disseminating information on access to the available credit lines and to identify technological solutions.
The task of disbursing the funding falls to the National Bank for Economic and Social Development, (the equivalent of Italy's Cassa Depositi e Prestiti) and FINEP Research and Innovation, a public company under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication.
The National Bank for Economic and Social Development offers diversified credit lines for each sector type of Industry 4.0: biotechnology, services 4.0, machinery, and automation. FINEP Research and Innovation has created a programme dedicated to Industry 4.0, denominated FINEP Inovacred 4.0. Inovacred 4.0 is intended primarily for small and medium-sized enterprises to facilitate their entry into the world of Industry 4.0, as a pilot programme due to end in 2021 that provides for the disbursement of R$200 million to 200 companies at preferential rates and conditions (small enterprises will benefit from better rates and conditions than those applying to large enterprises) with an annual revenue of up to 300 million reais, whose requirements for access to finance will be assessed by a Commission set up for that specific purpose.