The OCP Group is launching “Factory of the Future by OCP”, an Open Innovation challenge dedicated to Industry 4.0.

Four major themes are concerned: Safe Operations, Smart Operations, Supply Chain and Sustainability.
The four finalist start-ups will benefit from access to the experimentation and acceleration infrastructures of the OCP Group’s Innovation ecosystem to launch their Proof of Concept (POC) and thus demonstrate the feasibility of their concept or idea.

The OCP Group, the world’s leading producer of phosphates and market leader in phosphate fertilizers, is extending its Open Innovation program to industrial companies with the launch of its “Factory of the Future by OCP” challenge through which the Group puts the players in the innovation in competition with each other on the challenges of the factory of tomorrow. This challenge is part of the launch by the OCP Group of its Open Innovation platform: “The Next Seed”.

Through this initiative, the Group continues to support the development and promotion of the African and international entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Group aims to identify Moroccan, African and international start-ups capable of co-developing innovative digital solutions in response to the strategic and operational challenges of the Group’s industrial businesses.

The OCP Group is launching four challenges to start-ups around Industry 4.0 to anticipate the challenges of the factory of the future and imagine solutions that will be able to accommodate futuristic technologies: maximize employee safety to achieve “Zero incidents” ( Safe Operations), optimize the performance of industrial production lines by reducing losses (Smart Operations), by making shipment traceability more efficient and by optimizing customer satisfaction (Supply Chain), and by controlling air quality in level of industrial sites (Sustainability).

A call for applications will be open from February 17 to March 27, 2022 to identify the start-ups that will best respond to the issues identified by the Group. Start-ups can apply on the site dedicated to the challenge: https://www.the-nextseed.com/fr/challenges/factory-of-the-future

At the end of this application phase, a start-up selection procedure will be initiated. This phase will take place in two rounds and will be followed by a final during which a jury composed of experts and members of OCP Group’s management will designate the four finalist start-ups.

The finalist start-ups will be accompanied for three months by experts from the OCP Group to prototype and deploy their solutions as part of a pilot project. The OCP Group’s ecosystem, made up of its partners such as the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) with its “Startgate” campus for start-ups and its “Innovation Lab Operations” (ILO), will also make available to those which start -ups extensive support with a range of services (co-working space, fablabs, acceleration program, etc.) and dedicated testing grounds such as the Safi experimental plant to validate the value proposition of their solutions. The Safi site will be the test bed for the Challenge in which start-ups will be able, in collaboration with the site’s entities, to meet the technological, industrial and environmental challenges of the Factory of the Future.

Following the prototyping phase, start-ups that have succeeded in implementing an innovative and functional solution will be able to deploy their solutions in real conditions and in close collaboration with the businesses of the Safi site, as well as the entities of the Innovation ecosystem. of the OCP Group.

As a reminder, the previous competitions (Mining Challenge and Data Challenge) have made it possible to bring out innovative solutions related to the themes of Mining 4.0 and the use of data analysis in the transformation of OCP Group’s businesses.

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