In 2020, Fives maintained its commitment to innovation, reflecting the Group’s tradition as a pioneer. We have continued towards our objective of responding to industrial performance and durability challenges, and we are increasingly relying on digital to do so.
In 2020, the pandemic accentuated two trends which have a significant impact on industry, and which were already at the heart of Fives' innovation strategy:
At Fives, this thirst for innovation is thriving within an agile organization, designed to accelerate innovation, capable of working on research topics and roadmaps.
In 2020, the Group consolidated the drive to reorganize its R&D and Innovation functions, now aligned with Fives' organization into three major Activities. Within each Division, R&D and Digital managers develop programs, supported by a lightweight central structure which offers its specific expertise. This organization encourages synergies and reflection on cross-business topics, and notably aims to ensure full integration of digital into development programs.
Fives’ Smart Automation Solutions activity has experienced a boom in recent years, notably driven by the dynamic e-commerce sector. This rapid growth led to the creation of a center of expertise for conveyors in Chasse-sur-Rhône (Isère, France), which reflects the Group's commitments in terms of digitalization and respect for the environment.
A digital twin, developed with local partners, now ensures digital continuity of projects from the first discussions with customers through to virtual commissioning. A virtual reality room allows customers to be immersed in a 3D experience of their complete facilities, as well as Fives’ entire range of conveyors. This approach allows Fives to offer its customers tailored solutions in short time frames, while remaining competitive compared to standard imported solutions.
This project was supported by the Vienne-Condrieu urban area, certified as an “industrial area”, and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and was labeled a “Showcase of the Industry of the Future” by the Alliance Industrie du Futur.