Beyond the strong technological advances that are changing our industrial ecosystem, we are currently witnessing an unprecedented breakthrough in the way we conceive industry and think about the economy. The last ten years have been devoted to the digitalization of business processes, to the implementation of game-changing technologies (IoT, artificial intelligence, robotization, etc.) and to their democratization among small and medium-sized companies. Where are we today? Have we succeeded in deconstructing the idea of a none inclusive industry? How can we continue to move forward together towards new ways of designing, manufacturing, and meeting today's and tomorrow's obvious environmental challenges?
We are currently witnessing a real Industry Renaissance, which questions all industrial and societal sectors as we have known them until now. From this "re-birth" emerge new ways of innovating, learning, producing and doing business by combining virtual and real worlds. The challenge here is no longer to digitize what already exists but to rethink all our economic and industrial models in the era of experience. How can we not miss the train towards an economy of usage, gradually moving away from a product-focused economy? This is what we will discuss at the 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM China.
The 2017 edition was focused on the place of the human being at the heart of digitalization, the 2018 edition on the importance of ecosystems and collective intelligence. In this edition of the 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM China, we will reinforce our permanent contribution to an experience-oriented industry, to the end-users and above all to an inclusive industry. The place of SMBs will be central to this 2019 edition. Every company, whatever its size, sector of activity or level of digital maturity, will be directly impacted by this Industry Renaissance, whether we like it or not. It is important to work together on the notion of industrial sectors, which are the driving force behind projects in our regions and in Île-de-France, running amazing projects involving small and large companies, start-ups, academic and institutional players.