Dassault Systèmes joins French ‘Industry of the Future’ project

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 20 May 2015
Dassault Systèmes joins French ‘Industry of the Future’ project

Dassault Systèmes is joining the French government on its latest initiative to modernise industrial production across France.

On 18 May, the French government said it would be putting aside €3.4 billion to fund the second phase of its ‘Industry of the Future’ initiative, which will focus on the convergence of factories, connected objects, augmented reality, robotics, big data, cyber security and the development and implementation of other technologies to drive innovation across French businesses.

Dassault Systèmes is an active partner of the ‘Industry of the Future’ alliance. The company’s president and CEO Bernard Charlès is also co-president of the alliance.

“This alliance for the Industry of the Future is a cluster on a whole new scale, bringing together know-how and directing investments at a national level,” said Charlès. “Government recognition of the issues faced and the efforts already being made to innovate are creating a new sense of enthusiasm. The challenge today is to encourage and enable the digital transformation throughout the ecosystem of mid-size companies, which are driving the competitive performance of industry as a whole, including cooperation with similar current European initiatives such as Manufacturing 4.0.”

Dassault Systèmes’ role in this initiative will be to help define a digital strategy, build collaborative R&D projects to fill existing gaps in today’s technologies, and help small and medium enterprises upgrade their digital manufacturing methods.

In particular it will focus on the following areas: materials science, digital factories, manufacturing-as-a-service, mechatronics and systems of systems, and digital fabrication.

“The industry of the future will be an industry of experiences, structured around highly agile and modular value chains,” said Charlès. “We can already see how materials sciences, 3D printing and fab labs are revolutionising the way we design, make and sell new products and solutions. Only by leveraging the possibilities offered by its ‘digital twin’ — digitisation of all aspects of industry via innovation and collaboration platforms — will industry be able to create a sustainable future for itself.”

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