The pandemic impacted almost all Italian manufacturing companies but 6 out of 10 were able to react to the crisis thanks to the investments introduced for some time in new technologies. 65% expect normality to return within one year, 14% are already at pre-pandemic levels, 12% have converted production to other sectors or are considering doing so. These are the data from the MECSPE Observatory for the second quarter of 2020.

The MECSPE Observatory (manifestation organized by Senaf that will be held at Fiere di Parma from 29 to 31 October 2020), was conducted in the first two weeks of July by GRS Research and Strategy on a sample of about 500 Italian companies in the

The Observatory analysed the transitional phase (phase 2), between pandemic lockdown and unlock. Almost two thirds of the sample is given a maximum of one year to resume at full speed. Innovation remains the key to sharing, together with the training/integration of young specialists and increasing attention to sustainability. The desire to return to normality also passes from the need for comparison given by the business opportunities of the big events: in this phase l’online likes, but 35% believes that for the next months the events will have to be back to be necessarily live, in presence.

Post-pandemic: Business Trust

The pandemic inevitably affected the performance of Italian SMEs, impacting negatively on almost 9 companies out of 10. If, however, 14% of entrepreneurs say they have already fully returned to normal and 65% plan to do so within a maximum of one year (23 per cent within 6 months), the general confidence index recorded by the survey places the mood of Italian companies, on a scale of 1

There are signs of strength and resistance, especially with regard to their personal situation (level 6), with half of the sample showing itself neutral and therefore prudent on the performance of their company and 35% that is positive, but the index gradually decreases as soon as you move on to all this

Digital Resilience

The last few months saw a necessary digital acceleration, especially in the lockdown phase, for those who were not forced to block production activities for a period of 62% of the respondents.

A boost to which 6 out of 10 companies have adapted quickly, knowing how to react to the crisis thanks to investments introduced for a long time in new technologies, and the use of tools useful to social distance: platforms for remote management of meetings and meetings, adopted by 36%, technologies

The resilience of manufacturing companies also shows that the choice, already implemented or under evaluation, to convert production to other sectors (12%), as well as the timely measures implemented during the emergency phase, including the safety plans drawn up to avoid the Consequences that have probably led to the choice, for almost half, to continue to invest by the year up to 10% of its turnover in innovation, with 17% of the respondents intending to go between

By going into detail of the technologies already introduced or to be introduced by 2020 in the company, investments are oriented to computer security (76%), connectivity (73%), cloud computing (53%), internet of things (46%), simulation (44%), additive production and bi

Sustainability and training

The pandemic has put into crisis the traditional market patterns adopted until a few months ago. To overcome this and return to economic growth, almost 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs believe it is important to focus on sustainability. Among the aspects on which we are already moving most, the first is the reduction of consumption, indicated by 61% of respondents, followed by social responsibility projects (53%), by a focus on pollution and environmental impact, as well as to the ethical relationship between the The importance also attached to support for the local economy (35%), and to the eco-sustainability of products (30%).

The new phase, in the name of the rapid running of digital processes, has thus opened up new opportunities to integrate and train younger people in the factory. While 26% prefer not to expect such recruitment at the moment, 20% are considering introducing young people with a specialization in the field of technology 4.0 from ITS or University or already with a minimum of work experience. 13% are also preparing internal training courses for young people already employed in the company, while 9% are considering hiring young people even without previous school or work training, but preparing specific internal training courses.

Online and offline experiences

Digital talk, webinar, virtual event. Users seem to appreciate the many digital business initiatives launched in recent months for businesses and professionals as a result of the imposed situation, especially for security issues (21%), but the off-line remains the preferred channel. 27%, while judging the online as a valid alternative, continue to attend live events, and 35% believe that soon the digital experience of the events will have to be back to be combined with the physical experience, with the traditional fairs already in the fall.

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