ArcelorMittal inaugurates digital lab in Dunkirk in France

ArcelorMittal has inaugurated its first Digital Lab, located in Dunkirk in Nord in France, near its largest steel production site in Europe, with the support of local, regional and national public authorities. The Digital Lab will bring together other manufacturers, start-ups, universities and local digital players, with the aim of bringing the best of digital innovation to the steel industry and accelerating ArcelorMittal’s digital transformation. The ArcelorMittal Digital Lab will open its doors in September in a completely renovated building in the heart of Dunkirk, covering more than 2,700 square meters and serving as

  1. A co-development centre to work with partners (major groups, start-ups, digital companies, universities and colleges) on projects at the heart of ArcelorMittal’s digital strategy
  2. A training centre for new professions, new technologies, and digital culture, for ArcelorMittal employees and for external people
  3. A venue for co-hosting conferences and events

ArcelorMittal Digital Lab in Dunkirk will focus in particular on three subjects

  1. Safety at work
  2. Energy
  3. Environment

Within the Lab, ArcelorMittal will benefit from the contribution of other major industrial companies to carry out joint projects, such as Engie, for energy efficiency, Suez for water consumption management in factories and Ericsson for 5G mobile connectivity. Partnerships with start-ups will also be developed within the ArcelorMittal Digital Lab, for example on energy optimisation with Ultiwatt, virtual reality and augmented reality with Immersion, autonomous vehicles with EasyMile, and digital management of quality-safety-environment audits with SymaleaN.

Finally, the ArcelorMittal Digital Lab will welcome students from partner schools and universities such as Arts & Métiers, Ecole Polytechnique and the Université du Littoral Côté d’Opale

The ArcelorMittal Digital Lab in Dunkirk is

  1. A 2,700 square meter site, dedicated to digital activities and research
  2. Can host up to 200 people
  3. Five co-working rooms, three immersion rooms including one for virtual reality and one 200m² creativity room
  4. One auditorium for training, conferences and meetings (up to 60 people) and remote meetings
  5. 135 screens including 12 giant screens and 11 large touch screens
  6. Two Internet access providers and four 1 Gbps Internet lines
  7. Two WiFi controllers, 13 WiFi terminals
  8. 384 network ports, 750 patch cords and more than 35 km of network cables

In the autumn, ArcelorMittal will inaugurate its second Digital Lab in Moselle, next to its Florange plant. The main scope of this second ArcelorMittal Digital Lab will be big data, quality and maintenance.

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