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Digital transformation: opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution

Which skills to manage change: case studies and experiences of companies in the food sector

14 November 2018 | 9.00 am – 1.30 pm | Hotel NH | Parma

The ‘digital transformation’ is a wind that has invested companies in all sectors, including Food & Beverage.

The characteristic of the fourth industrial revolution is speed and we need ever more qualified skills to manage change and contribute to business growth.

4.0 technologies can and must contribute to increase efficiency, speed decision-making and enable the creation of new products and services. But technologies alone are not enough: expertise is the key to transforming the new opportunities offered by technology into a powerful tool for business growth.

In a scenario where the data are the ‘new oil’, ERP, BI, EPM and PLM solutions are essential to give continuity to businesses that are increasingly characterized by being ‘disruptive’.

What can companies do? Aggregate enabling technologies with the support of partners able to support them in a path of intelligent innovation.

The event will be an opportunity to understand what skills are needed to make the “4.0 enterprise” take off. We will analyze successful cases of companies, both Italian and non, that have been able to ride the “wind” of the digital transformation.

The event will be opened by Marco Taisch, Professor of Advanced & Sustainable Manufacturing at the Politecnico di Milano, engaged in the study of technological trends for the European Commission, member of the board of the European Factory of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), as well as Scientific Chairman of the World Manufacturing Forum.

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  • 9.00 – Registration of participants


  • 9.45 –Opening and welcome

Chiara Lupi, editorial director – ESTE


  • 9.50 – “Skills for the Enterprise 4.0: the factors that enable competitiveness”

The convergence of digital technologies is definitely increasing the managerial, organizational and even technological complexity of a company at all levels. This requires a disruptive approach: basic digital skills are central, but also and above all advanced ones that include the ability to collect, analyze and process large amounts of data. The speech – after a panorama of the technological context – will explain how the 4.0 company must change and the skills needed to face the next competitive future.

Marco Taisch, professor of advanced & sustainable manufacturing  – POLITECNICO DI MILANO


  • 10.20 – “Tönnies: our ERP strategies to support business strategies”

Christian Kreuter, general manager – TÖNNIES


  • 10.40 – “Robotics, Advanced Warehouse, Automatic Production Lines and Management System: what skills are needed to create the most automated food company in the United Arab Emirates?”

How to anticipate the future of the industry, which will have to be increasingly oriented to the needs of the customer.

Vittorio Cavirani, CEO – ELETTRIC80 and sponsor of the PROJECT NFPC (National Food Product Company)


  • 11.00 – Coffee break


  • 11.30 –“Pastificio Rana: how technology and skills can enable speed and efficiency “

How to make an upgrade project a lever to reduce business costs and improve the user experience.

Roberto Scattolini, project manager IT –  PASTIFICIO RANA


  • 11.50 –  “Industry 4.0: technologies applied by Mutti”

Digital transformation has strongly impacted the agrifood sector and the company Mutti has been able to seize the opportunities overcoming difficulties and obstacles. Technology has represented an important asset, and the evolution of ERP, BI and PLM projects have helped to consciously manage digital transformation. Mutti is a company ready to face the challenges of the future thanks to the ability to intercept trends, to implement the right technologies and to create an organizational structure consistent with growth expectations. A company therefore ready to seize the opportunities of an increasingly global market.

Dario Ferrari – IT manager – GRUPPO MUTTI


  • 12.10 – The unwitting resistance to change

The introduction of the Toyota Production System concepts in the Olitalia Group are helping to trigger a cultural change that has highlighted how the alignment between strategy and delivery is a fundamental boost to attack an increasingly complex market.
In this scenario, the involvement and motivation of the people mark the speed of a project that touching many functions meets different levels of propensity for change.
To make the change introduced a new working standard, the different speeds must be managed. It is necessary to enter the processes in depth and to identify new “lower” operating targets than the usual ones.

Gianmarco Antonelli, CIO –  OLITALIA


  • 12.30 – Digital transformation: challenges and opportunities for the Food industry

Paola Pomi, CEO – SINFO ONE


  • 13.00 Questions & Answers session


  • 13.20 –Buffet lunch



Marco Taisch
Marco Taisch is full professor at the Manufacturing Group of the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. Currently he's working on Industry 4.0, Sustainable and Energy Efficient Manufacturing Systems, Product Life Cycle Management and Mass Customisation. Member of a number of international associations and of editorial boards of international journals, he focuses the research with a strong industrial relevance and international partnerships. Invited speakers in a number of international events, supports the European Commission in the definition of the policy for funding in the field of the Factory of the Future. He is Scientific Chairman of the World Manufacturing Forum.
Paola Pomi
Paola Pomi is CEO of Sinfo One. With over 20 years of project experience, providing integrated IT solutions, her mission is to create value for customers, to understand the market needs and to find out the best solutions to meet the customers' issues. Her background, both technical and functional, help her to translate the IT products into business leverage tools. Experienced Organization Director with a demonstrated history of working in the software industry. Skilled in Business Process, Analytical Skills, Consumer Products, and ERP and PLM Software. Strong operations professional graduated from Università degli Studi di Parma.
Vittorio Cavirani
Vittorio Cavirani is CEO of Elettric80. He studied electronics at the Politecnico di Milano and Business Management at SDA Bocconi. Always fascinated by new technologies, he started the collaboration with Elettric 80 in the mid-80s and, since then, is the promoter of continuous research and progress. Today, Vittorio leads a team of over 300 engineers, SW programmers and R & D technicians in the development of navigation technologies, SDM software and lithium batteries. It also supervises the technical organization of Elettric 80 Inc. The constant improvement in safety, the assiduous improvement of autonomy and automation intelligence represent its main areas of interest. Cavirani is sponsor of the NFPC extreme automation project, which will bring the leading beverage company in the UAE to be the most automated reality in the UAE in 2020.
Christian Kreuter
Christian Kreuter is CEO of Tönnies. He began his career at Tönnies over 10 years ago. Today he is a member of the board of directors as Chief Executive Officer, as well as IT and Human Resources Manager.
Dario Ferrari
Dario Ferrari is IT Manager of Gruppo Mutti. 38 years. Management engineer. Professional experience in the areas of Management Control, Time and Methods, Industrial Processes and Cost Controlling. He began is career at Mutti 8 years ago. Mutti is nowadays the most beloved tomato brand in Italy. Mutti has always worked to guarantee the quality of its tomatoes, investing both in research together with innovation.
Gianmarco Antonelli
Chief Information Officer of Olitalia. Passionate about horizontal projects to companies, those who need a careful mix of technical components, relationships and motivation to achieve results that improve people and the quality of the company. He enjoys corporate consultancy on Process and Project Management issues, especially in companies in the manufacturing sector. Graduated in Computer Engineering at the University of Bologna, he completed a Masters in Business Administration, and one in Communication and Leadership. He is Vice President Organization and Processes of the Northern Italy Chapter, one of the Italian chapters of the Project Management Institute. He loves spending his free time with his wife Vanessa and his three children Lorenzo, Riccardo and Alessandro.
Roberto Scattolini
He is the Project Manager of the Information Systems department of Rana. Mechanical Engineer degree at Modena and master in Strategy of the firm at Bocconi School of Management, during the years develops the passion for organizations, processes and systems. After a long experience as consultant in Reply, he has accepted the challenge to participate and contribute to the growth of a great company like Rana in the middle of its process of globalization. In little more than two years, he has already successfully completed crucial projects like the update with a technological jump of 10 years of the ERP (7 months) and the integration after the acquisition from Nestlè of the new Buitoni plant (3 months).

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