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An Expert's View about Aerospace in Italy

Posted on: 27 Nov 2011

The Italian aerospace, defence and security industry is the 4th player in the European market and the 7th worldwide. The aerospace industry represents the largest manufacturing sector in Italy in the field of high-tech integrated systems.

Aerospace opportunities in Italy The Italian aerospace, defence and security industry is the 4th player in the European market and the 7th worldwide. The aerospace industry represents the largest manufacturing sector in Italy in the field of high- tech integrated systems. Market overview The Italian aerospace, defence and security industry is the 4th player in the European market and the 7th worldwide, as shown by the latest publications from AIAD, the Italian Association of Aerospace Companies. The sector accounts for 52,000 fulltime jobs. In 2010, the Italian participation in multinational programmes helped generate a 3.7% increase in the total turnover of this sector, which amounts to over ?13 bn (of this, ?7.5 bn is related to business with overseas countries, equal to 2% of Italy?s total exports). The balance of payments in the sector showed a plus sign (+ ?4 bn) and 12% of the total value was re-invested in Research & Development (R&D) programmes. The aerospace industry represents the largest manufacturing sector in Italy in the field of high- tech integrated systems. There are three main internationally renowned actors specialising in manufacturing and services, which boast tight connection with the UK. The global activities and assets owned by the Italian Finmeccanica, Fincantieri and Avio, with facilities all over the world including the UK, ensure Italian participation in multinational multi-year projects. Italy is also home to a number of high profile SMEs operating alongside. The Italian aerospace clusters are major locations of manufacturing and scientific excellence: ? The cluster in the Campania Region in southern Italy is one of the major national aerospace districts, not only in terms of number of companies, turnover and workforce, but also for its high-level scientific research and education. With a turnover of ? 2 billion and 25% of the national companies operating in the sector, (29 major companies plus 130 sub- suppliers) the cluster employs about 10,000 people. Southern Italy is considered by the EU an Emerging Market and Campania is a EU Objective 1 Region. Funding opportunities are available until 2014. Discussions are already under way for the next review and access to the funding scheme. Major Research Centres are CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Centre); CARN (Campania Aerospace Research Network); IMM (Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems). ? In the Apulia Cluster, in Southern Italy, there are more than 50 specialised aerospace businesses, 7 of which are major companies, employing about 5,000 people, 1,200 of them in R&D. This is the only Italian aerospace cluster that can boast specialised businesses in a wide spectrum of manufacturing capabilities: fixed wing (Alenia), rotating wing (Augusta Westland), propulsion, software, fuselage components, design and assembly of parts in aluminium, titanium and composite materials. ? The Piedmont Cluster located in North Western Italy hosts productive and scientific excellences, confirming the Region?s focus on technological innovation. Turin University Polytechnic and other specialised research centres provide design and R&D services. The cluster employs approximately 12,500 people, with an annual turnover of around ?2.6 bn. Five regional players and over 300 SMEs stand out at national and international level, both in civil and military fields. Their technological and manufacturing know-how includes: metallurgy, mechanics, electro-mechanics, electronics, manufacturing and processing of plastics, rubber and all high-performance materials for complex applications. Key opportunities ? In October 2011 Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica Group company, announced the 2012-2020 corporate strategy with a ?3 bn investment plan for the development of a new regional aircraft and innovative UAV. ? IAC ? International Astronautical Congress in Naples, October 2012 (www.iafastro.com) will provide significant opportunities for exchanging know-how, networking and sharing best practice. Latest export opportunities ? Aerospace Latest export opportunities - Italy Getting into the market The best route to market for technology-based products is finding tier 1 companies that integrate the products with their own so as to provide a comprehensive solution to the most relevant players in Italy. Overall, finding a partner in the market is essential for winning business locally. More about doing business in Italy Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. ? Ines Montella, Trade Adviser, Head of Aerospace Unit, British Consulate Naples. Tel: +39 081 4238912 or email: ines.montella@fco.gov.uk. ? Rossana Tenerelli, Trade Adviser, British Consulate Naples. Tel: +39 081 4238913 or email: rossana.tenerelli@fco.gov.uk. Contact your local international trade team UKTI Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events ? Aerospace Major Events Sat Expo, Rome, Italy Date: 9-12 February 2012 Website address: www.satexpo.it Farnborough Air Show, UK Date: 9-13 July 2012 Website address: www.farnborough.com ILA Berlin Air Show 2012, Germany Date: 11-16 September 2012 Website address: www.berlin.de The 63rd International Astronautical Congress Naples, Campania Region, Italy Date: 1-5 October 2012 Website address: www.iafastro.com Aerospace Meetings, Turin, Italy Date: October 2012 Website address: www.bciaerospace.com Le Bourget Air Show, Paris Date: June 2013 Website address: www.paris-air-show.com Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 27 November 2011

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