GrowIn 4.0

GrowIn 4.0 is funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund and is part of the North Sea Region Programme

To support this programme, GrowIn 4.0 partners are surveying manufacturing organisations’ attitudes and experiences of Industry4.0 technologies. Take part here:

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Additional information

GrowIn 4.0 – An introduction

An introduction form Dr Javaid Butt, Anglia Ruskin University

The GrowIn 4.0 project is assembling, testing and developing business tools and solutions to make it easier for manufacturing small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to transition to Industry 4.0. Click here to read more about the challenges and opportunities for SMEs in the region here.

The tools have been developed and the Future Peterborough team, run jointly by Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council, have joined the project to support business engagement activity, and testing the toolkits in real, working environments.

Industry 4.0 offers substantial opportunities for manufacturing SMEs to increase productivity and growth through computing and automation will transform business processes and systems in ways that are difficult to predict.

What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 is the use of technologies such as automation and data exchange in manufacturing. Examples include:

  • Cyber-physical systems (CPS)
  • The internet of things (IoT)
  • Industrialinternet of things (IIOT)
  • Cloud computing
  • Cognitive computing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous robots and machine learning

This project is developing new business models and processes to help SMEs increase efficiency and improve competitiveness as they move towards Industry 4.0. Working alongside SMEs, GrowIn 4.0 will improve skills and competencies to raise innovation levels, combining knowledge and new approaches so that these new systems deliver maximum value for businesses in the area.

In total there are 17 partners from six regions: the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

The project began in summer 2017 and will run for three years, with a total of 1.8m euros worth of funding from the Interreg North Sea Region (2017-2020). It will establish strong partnerships through which the main challenges and solutions of implementing and exploring Industry 4.0 will be investigated. The results of these new or improved methods and tools will be applied within different areas of the North Sea Region.

Latest news

January 2021

Blog post: Project Dissemination through Publication

by Dr Javaid Butt, Associate Professor in Digital Manufacturing at the Anglia Ruskin University

June 2020

Dr Javaid Butt delivered a webinar (10 June 2020) on ‘ Industry 4.0 road map for the manufacturing sector & how to deal with the post pandemic challenges’

This 90-minute session was attended by 100+ delegates that included Manufacturing Business Professionals, Industrial Automation Professionals, Process Industry Professionals, Business Consultants, Chief Technology Officers, Business Heads, Plant Managers, Entrepreneurs, System Integrators, and Floor Managers.

You can watch the entire session on-demand using the link below:

May 2020

Blog post: Are manufacturers ready to embed the lessons from Covid-19 lockdown?


  • Professor Chris Ivory – Director, Innovation and Management Practice Research Centre – Faculty of Business and Law – Anglia Ruskin University;
  • Trevor Gibson – Smart City Leadership Manager, Future Peterborough (run jointly by Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council)

Additional information

Publications relating to GrowIN4.0 by Dr Javid Butt, Anglia Ruskin University:

  1. Butt, J., 2020. A conceptual framework to support digital transformation in manufacturing using an integrated business process management approach. Designs4(3), p.17.
  2. Butt, J., 2020. Exploring the interrelationship between additive manufacturing and Industry 4.0. Designs4(2), p.13.
  3. Butt, J., 2020. A strategic roadmap for the manufacturing industry to implement Industry 4.0. Designs4(2), p.11.

The second publication mentioned above was also chosen to feature as the Issue Cover Page of the Journal of Designs, Volume 4, Issue 2 (June 2020).

The GrowIn 4.0 project is part of the research centre, IMPact.

Visit the official GrowIn 4.0 website.









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Anglia Ruskin University
Opportunity Peterborough
Faculty of Science and Engineering Partnership
The European Institute for Innovation
Central Denmark Region
Business Development Centre Central Denmark
VIA University College
Alliance for the Region GmbH
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
Flanders Make
Voka – Chamber of Commerce of East-Flanders
Open Manufacturing Campus
Strategic Projects Kempen
Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Hanze UAS
Northern Netherlands Alliance, SNN


For further information, please contact Sheil O’Brien at Opportunity Peterborough, or call 01733 317417.