World industrial investment monitor, 2017 results

The World Industrial Investment Monitor, a factory of the future tracking tool

Spanning from the Fives Plants of the future observatory, Fives, EDF, the Institut de la Réindustrialisation – whose founding members are GIM, Syntec-Ingénierie, EPF and Cesi - and Trendeo, a provider of business data, set up the World Industrial Investment Monitor. This project is supported by the Programme Investissements d’Avenir DEFI&Co, managed by CESI.

The monitor, which tracks major investment announcements in industrial, logistics, energy production and R&D, uses a database that collects information in real time. Its purpose is to measure investment trends at a global level, either investments in new production units, or in existing industrial units, by identifying the projects and achievements contributing to the development of the Industry of the Future.

This unique tool is a first rate way to analyze the Plant of the Future's progress in global industrial investments.

Every day, announcements of industrial investments of over $30 million, are gathered from some 200,000 sources in the international press. The Plant of the Future investments are identified by using a scoring system based on technological and society-related, 6 Industry of the Future criteria defined within the Fives Plants of the Future Observatory such as: flexibility, digitalization, energy efficiency, environmental protection (social efforts), integration into the local economy and efforts made on social issues.

In March 2018, the results of the 2-year analysis provided a wealth of information. Information was gathered in 162 countries on 3,412 projects in 2017, amounting to some $1,026 billion in investment. Major projects make up a large proportion of the investment. The average investment is $444 million while the median amount is $58 million. Remarkably, some 41% of the projects met at least one of the Plant of the Future criteria. The various investments are expected to create nearly 600,000 jobs.

By continuing to collect data, the International Industrial Investment Monitor will be able to measure the reality of the Plant of the Future Worldwide and the progress of issues related to the Industry of the Future.

See our press pack at the link below for more information:

Industrial Investments worldwide 2017

Press contact:

About Fives

Fives is an industrial engineering group that designs and supplies machines, process equipment and production lines for the world’s largest industrial companies including aluminum, steel, glass, automobile, aerospace, logistics, cement and minerals, energy and sugar sectors. Located in 30 countries and with nearly 8,400 employees, Fives is known for its technological expertise and competence in executing international projects.

Fives’multi-sector expertise gives it a global vision of the industry, which provide a continuous source of innovation. The effectiveness of its R&D programs enables Fives to design forward-thinking industrial solutions that anticipate clients’ needs in terms of profitability, performance, safety and compliance with environmental standars. The strategy is based on a human resources policy focusing on the individual, encourages initiative-taking, technical excellence and team spirit.

In 2012, to mark its bicentenary, the Group set up the Fives Plant of the Future Observatory. With the new economic, social and environmental challenges faced by industries in the 21st century, the Observatory runs an open debate on the industry of the future and the challenges of the Plant of the Future and shares these points of view with the public


About EDF

EDF, a world leader in low carbon energy production

A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. A global leader in low-carbon energies, the Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.1 million customers, of which 26.2 million in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €71 billion in 2016. EDF is quoted on the Paris Bourse.

The Institut de la réindustrialisation

The Institut de la Réindustrialisation was founded in 2015 by two engineering schools – EPF and CESI, and two professional federations – GIM AND Syntec Ingénierie. The purpose of the Institute is to produce and share knowledge and expertise on the future of the industry, its knowledge and skills. The Institute is involved in a number of projects, promoting themes such as guiding young people towards careers in industrial sectors, in particular women. The Institute attends and organizes conferences, workshops and other events to discuss and debate these issues.

The international industrial investment barometer is supported by the future investment program DEFI&Co, funded by the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations financial institution and the General Commission for Investment.

DEFI&Co aims to qualify young people, in particular women, for jobs in industrial sectors with leading technology such as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Building Information Modeling (BIM) and information science. International observers of industrial investment support the research relating to Plant of the Future and the analysis of regional attractiveness.

About Trendeo

Trendeo was created in 2007 to collect data in real time about economic tendencies and trends: investment and jobs were the first events we tracked in France, followed by startups, fundraising and now industrial investments worldwide in a new database.

In France, we find a good correlation between our data and data collected by the national institute of statistics (INSEE). The data published by Trendeo about the French economy is regularly used by various customers and newspapers as an indicator of the status of the French economy.

Different customers access our data daily to monitor economic activities under territorial or sectoral angles. Other customers, among them a global leading consultancy, use our worldwide industrial data for research activities.

To receive our latest articles,
subscribe to our newsletter