A new MADE call has been published (the Competence Centre 4.0) to implement innovation (product, process and organization) and industrial research and experimental development projects on Industry 4.0 themes.

The call is addressed to micro enterprises and start-ups, small enterprises, medium-sized enterprises, large enterprises that can present themselves in a single form or in collaboration with each other.

For the implementation of the projects, each company may receive a contribution of up to 50% of the costs/ expenses incurred up to the maximum amount of € 100.000.

Innovation and Industry

One or more project proposals may be submitted, consistent with at least one of the following activities:

• industrial strategy 4.0;

• innovation projects;

• demos and tests;

• technological scouting;

• technological consultancy services;

• validation of projects Industry 4.0.

The deadline is December 13rd, 2021.

More info at this link


Zamperla S.p.A. is a historical Italian company, founded in 1966, recognized as one of the world’s leading players in the amusement park attraction market.

It has a total of about 450 employees, distributed in 4 locations in Italy and 6 locations abroad, and with a turnover of over 100 million euros in 2019, exporting almost all the products and services, especially in the Asian and American markets.

Zamperla is particularly active and popular in the North American market, having contributed to the rebirth of one of the most famous parks in the world – Coney Island (NY) – a real showcase in which the company has the opportunity to install and try many of its new products, as well as being one of the major suppliers of theme parks, among others, Disney, Universal, Merlin Entertainments and Six Flags.

The company is also characterized by adopting an ethical and socially responsible approach, thanks to the commitment on issues of inclusiveness and disability related to attractions.

A Zamperla product

What are the expectations of joining IMPROVENET?

Being part of the Improvenet Network is linked to the growing need to broaden horizons, acquire know-how, speed in the development of products or services and become part of a consolidated network, says Fabio Berti, New Technologies Chief Engineer of Zamperla. These aspects will be more and more important for the companies in order to face the competitors at local and global level.

What innovations is ZAMPERLA developing within the VIR2EM Project?

With the project VIR2EM, financed in part by the Veneto Region, we want to continue the development of a service platform for industry. The basic elements of the project are those related to Industria4.0: all operations related to the collection and management of data, from the connection to the transmission of the same, from archiving to analysis in order to generate different outputs.

Zamperla Team

With which other RIR partners are you collaborating on the project?

The project started with the creation of an internal research and development group at Zamperla (ZEIT, Zamperla Entertainment Integrated Technologies). The complexity is high and required transversal collaboration with other realities, from universities to companies providing technology and services, up to the manufacturers of the industry. For example, we can mention the University of Venice for the analysis of business and cybersecurity, Xteam with which there is a consolidated relationship and Statwolf, involved in data management.

How do you see the company at the end of the project?

The competitive advantages obtained are linked to the “know-how” that will allow to develop the business complying with market standards, needs and expectations as well as a greater involvement of the IMPROVENET network as a partner. Finally, the aim is to develop a prototype of a service platform for a further phase of evaluation and development.

Fabio Berti Zamperla

Fabio Berti, New Technologies Chief Engineer of Zamperla

Graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of Padua, he began collaborating in Zamperla since 1996 with several roles as head of the electrical/electronic department, head of a research and development department of the ZEIT (Zamperla entertainment integrated technologies).


DG CONNECT together with DG RTD launched the “Manufacturing our Future” survey, which aims to gather information from stakeholders on manufacturing sector priorities in the near future.

This survey is an opportunity to gather the views of the wider European manufacturing community on future priorities towards 2030 and to engage in the co-creation of future work programmes, based on the strategic research and innovation agenda of Made in Europe and the EIT Manufacturing programmes.

To learn more about Horizon Europe’s “Digital, Industry and Space” Cluster 4 funding opportunities, visit this link.

The survey will gather expertise and opinions on the next priorities of manufacturing in Europe, as well as expressions of interest to participate in the workshop scheduled for 25 October 2021.

You can access the online survey, which will be open until 15 September 2021, at this link:


The “100 cases of Industry 4.0 and sustainability” is a project of Confindustria Veneto, partner of IMPROVENET, born with the aim of mapping the companies to see concrete examples of sustainable applications and Industry4.0. The cases of member companies can be consulted on the dedicated website:

After the success of previous editions, the Roadshow continues in webinar mode, with the aim at knowing the excellent cases in the area through networking events and sharing of best practices.

The next event will be held on Tuesday, June 29th at Galdi, a company in Treviso partner of IMPROVENET, which designs and develops automatic food packaging machines.

Discover the program attached and sign up for the event.