Emilia-Romagna Region

Industrial system

A highly specialised industrial system

Cutting across all the production chains of the region, the mechanics industry of Emilia-Romagna develops process and product innovations that are essential for specific industrial fields. Strongly linked to the craft tradition, it is evident in the local production vocations and in the presence of major historic companies.

From Piacenza to Rimini, from food processing to automotive design and manufacturing, there are plenty of world-class examples of excellence in the Region: food processing machinery in Parma; agricultural machines, automotive design and manufacturing, oil hydraulics and electro-medical equipment from Modena to Bologna; ceramic machines in Sassuolo and Imola; food storage and cold chain systems in Romagna; and ship building in Ravenna and the other maritime provinces.

The research laboratories in the High technology regional network are organised as part of the mechanics and materials thematic platform and specialized in strategic technological areas: design, prototyping and testing, processing and nano fabrication, development and characterization of new materials, surface treatments, fluid dynamics; noise and vibration; automation: control and
diagnostics, actuators; sensors.

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The construction industry has characterised the economy of Emilia-Romagna for decades; indeed, the regional companies in this sector have become international leaders in terms of product quality and design innovation, and are at the cuttingedge as regards research into materials and production technologies. The Italian ceramics industry is concentrated between the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia - with a higher concentration in the municipality of Sassuolo - and with an annual production of over 600 million square metres, equal to approximately 13% of world production and 43.3% of that of the European Union.

Motor industry

impresa_ferrari.jpgIn the region where the most beautiful cars in the world are manufactured, entrepreneurial spirit goes hand in hand with mechanics and the myth of velocity.

For decades the automotive industry has represented one of the most important industrial sectors of the Emilia-Romagna production system, both for the success that some of its products have had throughout the world, and for its manufacturing importance at national and international level. Brands like Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Ducati are just the cream of a production chain that includes a huge number of brands, names and past successes that have been achieved in this area thanks to an ongoing commitment to creativity and the search for absolute perfection.

This is all thanks to the Region’s long experience in the field of engines and the skills spread across this territory, which is able to combine innovation and tradition.

The production chains in Emilia-Romagna include those sectors that are particularly linked, technologically-speaking, with the production of motors and constant research into new technological solutions.

In 2016, automotive industry exports in Emilia-Romagna came to 5.9 billion euro, equal to 10.7% of the Region’s manufacturing exports.

Regional exports represent 15.9% of the national total: a very high figure that shows that regional products are competitive on foreignmarkets. The specializations in the motor industry are very strong.

The automotive district in Emilia-Romagna is based on a series of famous Original Equipment Manufacturer (Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, CNH, Lamborghini, Dallara, Pagani, Ducati, Toro Rosso),
capable of billing over 10 billion euros a year and 200 companies with more than 2 billion euro of turnover and more than 13,000 employees.

The agrifood system

Sustainable agriculture: food chain approach

Emilia-Romagna Region facilitates network agreements between economic operators in the food chain through: production planning, fair terms of payment, dissemination of good practices and integrated agriculture or sustainable agriculture.

Examples of the food value chain approach:

  • 100% of the processed tomato from northern Italy is subject to an agreement that all production is integrated and a small amount is organic;
  • 2/3 of the Emilia-Romagna potatoes are subject to an agreement establishing the application of all sustainable IP standards;
  • 1/3 of durum wheat from Emilia-Romagna should apply, according to the agreement, all sustainable IP standards.

Sustainable agriculture: producers organization (PO)

A significant part of the Rural development program for 2014-2020 is intended for the financing of integrated projects of the food value chain (Filiere approach)

  • 21 PO in 2016, with € 500 million in turnover
  • 13 vegetable products, € 227 million of turnover and 23,000 farms
  • 8 animal products, € 152 million of turnover and 721 farms
  • 5 IP (Processed tomato, pork, pear, eggs) working in several regions.

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Between art and craftmanship

sarta.jpgThe fashion production chain, divided into textiles-clothing, footwear and accessories, is based on the presence of a large number of very small companies either working for third parties or on niche productions, characterized by technical and manual skills of the highest quality.

At the same time, there are also very well-known companies, belonging to world famous designers, which not only have their production plants in Emilia-Romagna, but also their own creation and design centres.

The Carpi district is the symbol of this sector: specialised in knitwear and clothing in general, it is the industry’s leading centre at national level with 17,908 employees. Meanwhile, the real cutting-edge of the footwear industry is in Romagna and in particular in the San Mauro Pascoli district, in the province of Ravenna, whose companies employ around 4,488 workers.

The ability of some leading companies to grow and export has led, over time, to a wide range of local ancillary companies, and the example they have set has increasingly been copied by dynamic new small companies, resulting in exponential growth and local specialisation.

Trade fair system

The Emilia-Romagna Trade fair system is a highly attractive global hub for those who want to do business. It is an extraordinary business platform, one of the most modern and advanced in Europe, with an impressive number of visitors and square metres of available exhibition space, hosting events of global importance for international exhibitors and operators.

The Emilia-Romagna Trade fair system is an excellent business model, with a multiplier effect on exchange, development and opportunities at international level. Its calendar of trade fairs spans from the automotive to the building sector, from the biomedical to the food industry, from mechanical engineering to leisure time and tourism, and is packed with leading global events which look beyond the present and anticipate future scenarios.

The regional Trade fair system of Emilia-Romagna is a single system divided according to sector, on the basis of a model spread over the territory and centring on the three main exhibition centres (out of a total of 9) of Bologna, Rimini and Parma.

The Emilia-Romagna Trade Fair System is one of the most international in Italy in terms of exhibitors and visitors. Moreover, it also organises trade fairs abroad (e.g. in China, United States, Japan, Russia).

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pubblicato il 2018/06/14 09:45:34 GMT+2 ultima modifica 2018-05-14T17:09:25+02:00

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