Abruzzo, a dynamic automotive ecosystem

In Abruzzo, the productive sector is young and dynamic. Industrialization is particularly high and aligned with northern regions, notably richer and more developed.

Automotive industries (both large and small-medium sized enterprises) are involved in both automotive and mechatronics sectors (as manufacturers or sub-contractors in the production of products or car components). The industry employs more than 25.000 workers in total, 21.000 only in the province of Chieti and has a turnover of more than EUR 8bn, equal to a 27% of the whole manufacturing industry’s turnover and 55% of the regional export activities.

The Region of Abruzzo identified the focuses of its Automotive and Mechatronic Smart Specialisation Strategy in:

a) INVESTING ON NEW ECO-FRIENDLY / CONNECTED BUSINESS VEHICLES
● Development of new technologies for connected vehicles;
● Deployment of new solutions for vehicles used in logistics;
● Improvement of the eco/environmental compatibility of components and single parts, e-mobility, hybrids solutions, range extender and total electric.

b) DESIGNING ARCHETYPES and INNOVATIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES of VEHICLES AND COMPONENTS
● Using ground-breaking components and materials;
● Designing supporting technologies and tools;
● Projecting new junctions, assembly and (not-expensive) painting technologies;
● Functionalizing surfaces through new coatings and treatments with improved impact-resistance (thanks to the usage of nanotechnologies);
● Digitising industries through the usage of robotics, ICT and digital/automated technologies (Industry 4.0).

c) IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
● Realising the circular economy, extending products’ lifespan and reducing their environmental impact.

d) REAL-TIME QUALITY CHECK OF PRODUCTS AND PROCEDURES
● New techniques for productive processes monitoring;
● New types of non-destructive tests;
● Know-how on statistical monitoring;
● New methodologies for quality assurance of product providers.

The Automotive Innovation Programme consists in two different sectors: the Automotive Innovation Pole and the Higher education Technical Institute (HTS) for Mechanics System.