The Industry 4.0 National Technological Platform Association (I4.0 NTP)

The Industry 4.0 National Technology Platform - acting today as the Industry 4.0 National Technology Platform Association - was established May 2016 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 then Ministry of National Economy. Today it is operated under the umbrella of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology.

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.

In October 2017, the Plenary Meeting of the Members accepted a resolution to transform the organisation into the legal entity of an Association which was officially registered at the end of that same year.  The prevailing Articles of Association are attached below.

The definition of the term Industrie 4.0 as approved by the Presidium of the Platform is to be found in 3 languages among the attached documents below.

The results of our comprehensive Industry 4.0 readiness survey executed among the Hungarian industry sector actors has been made available in an English translation, too (See Flyer_v3.0_ENG below).

Industry 4.0 INFO@HAND application

Ipar 4.0 INFO@HANDThe Industry 4.0 INFO@HAND application is an easy-to-use tool to access all Platform related information like the partners, work groups, events and news on your smart phone. It also has has some connected services as well.

It can be downloaded to, and run on your iOS and Android phone:

iOs app store

Android market

iOs QR code

Android QR code

iOS link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ipar-4.0-info-hand/id1147976269?l=hu&ls=1&mt=8

Android link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.sztaki.infoathand_ipar40

Video tutorial of the application: http://files.elearning.sztaki.hu/demo/2016_IAtH_Ipar_40_video_tutorial.mp4

Download instructions and user guide for the application: http://files.elearning.sztaki.hu/prospektus/2016_IAtH_ipar40_leaflet_EN.pdf