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.
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.
? 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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
? Rossana Tenerelli, Trade Adviser, British Consulate Naples. Tel: +39 081 4238913 or
Contact your local international trade team
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
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
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters