Creation of innovative science-based digital products and services for industry, contributing to the Portuguese economy's resilience and growth.
TEC4Industry main challenge is to facilitate the knowledge and technology flow between the knowledge sources (academia) and the economic and industrial drivers (companies) while promoting the emergence of new high-tech technologies companies powered by ground-breaking technologies. At the same time, that contributes to the alignment between national industrial agendas and the industrial companies' needs and ambitions. In addition, it is TEC4Industry ambition to contribute to the industrial sector digital up-skilling and re-skilling using unique advanced training methodologies and cutting edge-shared facilities to promote sustainable and risk-free industrial digital transition.
Portugal must follow the European dynamics for reindustrialisation and assert itself in the group of countries that lead the process of industrial transformation. The main guidelines focus on investing in R&D to increase the flexibility and efficiency of production processes and encourage the innovative and added-value character of products. At the same time, implementing measures to promote economic and social impact, leveraged by current digital transformation processes and transition to a green and circular economy, is in line with the European Green Deal.
To achieve this vision, industrial companies must invest on digital technologies to increase visibility, transparency, predictability and controllability over their production systems. It will be possible to offer more effective and added-value services and promote more sustainable business models by enabling and promoting the connection between the new smart factories and smart products. Nevertheless, and considering the actual economic characteristics, the overall optimisation must be achieved within the entire value chain and not only within each factory, through the adoption of digital collaborative tools capable of connecting the different value chain actors. The lack of Human Resources with competencies and motivation to work in the industrial context is also a critical issue nowadays. Therefore, it is mandatory to invest in human-centred technologies to improve humans' well-being and support humans in complex manufacturing systems operations and decision-making.
TEC4Industry facilitates the creation of an innovative, responsive and sustainable industry by promoting the convergence of multidisciplinary knowledge and differentiating skills of an organisation with decades of experience in research and development of unique solutions.