What is Industry 4.0? Mapping its actual relevance and potential growth
This first meeting of the webinar series on Industry 4.0 and Developing Countries aims to provide an overview of what is understood by Industry 4.0 and which technologies are included in it. Also, the next aspect to be considered is how countries are positioned concerning these technologies; more specifically, what is the degree of diffusion (and/or concentration) of these technologies at the international level. In turn, the discussion raises the following questions: Is this a new techno-organizational paradigm or a continuation of the ICT paradigm? What transformations does it generate within manufacturing? How does it change the link between manufacturing and other sectors: agriculture and services? How does it affect the organization of global value chains? Who are the main world players (companies) in these technologies? Is it an oligopolistic market or one in which new players can easily enter?
Lili Wang – UNU-MERIT
Alejandro Lavopa – UNIDO