The Industry 4.0 National Technology Platform was established under the leadership of the Institute for Computer Science and Control (SZTAKI), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, with the participation of research institutions, companies, universities and professional organizations having premises in Hungary, and with the full support and commitment of the Government of Hungary, and specifically that of the Ministry of National Economy.
The background of the initiative is that Hungary, too, is witnessing the advent of the era of a new technological change, when the internet based economy is transforming the very basics of the production and logistic systems. This process requires from all actors of the economy, especially from the key firms in the priority sectors defined in the Government’s Irinyi Terv, from the Hungarian institutional innovation system as well as from the economic policy pursued by the Government, the progressive and well scheduled building of bridges between the physical and digital worlds, a special readiness for innovative adaptation, answers to challenges in a prompter way than any time before, including bold steps to be made concerning innovation. The theoretical and practical problems to be resolved are of such complexity that make the cooperation between the research and university spheres on the one hand and industrial companies on the other hand indispensable, both in the national and the international arena.
Having these factors in view and in order to strengthen the Hungarian achievements attained so far in the field of the global competitiveness, the founders emphasise the necessity of further deepening the existing successful partnership relationships as well as adopting the European best practices, especially the implementation of the German patterns considered as the most advanced in the world. This requires the creation of an action oriented network system fostering intensive cooperation.
The ministry regards in the Platform’s future successful activity the catalyser of performing high added value research and development work in Hungary, an essential tool of preparing the industrial sector for, and adapting it to the requirements of innovation and, the organisation assisting to re-focus the education system according to the new needs of the industry. Finally, the Platform is expected to become a key factor to contribute to the success of the national Ipar 4.0 programme.