Combining information technologies and industry, the latest production strategy Industry 4.0, takes its name from the reference to the three great industrial revolutions in history. Industry 4.0 automates the coordination of production through machines with new generation software and hardware that directly exchange data with each other. As developed countries, Turkey has initiated digital transformation strategies. Turkey follows China as the second largest white goods manufacturer. However, in order to sustain its competitiveness in the market, Turkey is in need of reducing input costs and increasing process efficiency by digital transformation. White goods and supply industry national roadmap prepared by TUBITAK for digital transformation in Turkey ranks the industry as one of the three selected sectors.
The White Goods Sub-Industrialists Association (BEYSAD), which is an umbrella organization for 70% of the total number of companies in the sector with 182 active members, mostly operating in Istanbul and Kocaeli, is establishing the "Industry 4.0 Competence Center" in order to realize the digital transformation of the white goods supplier industry. The center aims to maximize competitiveness, technological superiority, human and process quality in the white goods sector by providing guidance, training, support solutions and equipment, and to create a nationwide impact that includes neighbouring sectors with digital applications.
The center, which will be established on a 1000 m2 closed area within Özyeğin University facility, will support the digital transformation of SMEs with product and process development, training, consultancy, testing and analysis services in smart production applications. A pilot transformation implementation will be carried out through feasibility studies specific to SMEs for new investments.
In addition, R&D and innovation capacity will be increased by strengthening university-industry cooperation in the context of Industry 4.0. At the same time, publicity and project design studies will be carried out for BEYSAD members to benefit more from TÜBİTAK and European Union Framework Programmes. Finally, local solution partners for digital transformation will be supported with a series of entrepreneurship programmes addressing various needs.
It is aimed that at least 50 SMEs will benefit from the common use facility of the center and 100 SMEs from consultancy, training and guidance support. As a result of these supportive services, it is expected that 50 SMEs will increase their sales and exports, 100 SMEs will reduce their input costs, 5 new businesses will be established, 60 new jobs will be created. Within the context of the Project, it is planned to support preparation of digital transformation methodology for BEYSAD members; pilot analysis of SMEs and Industry 4.0 evaluation. As a result of increased R&D capacity, participation of SMEs in TÜBİTAK and European Union Framework Programmes; joint R&D projects between SMEs and main industry actors will initiate. It is aimed to create incubation programmes for local solution partners supported within the center and to provide business support to SMEs.
The Industry 4.0 Center initiating digital transformation of the sub-industry through modules including digitalization, human-centered robotics and internet of things will also create the environment for other sector SMEs to enhance digital skills.
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