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The development of Torino’s municipal area increasingly depends on its ability to graft the Knowledge Economy onto the traditional specializations of local production. A Knowledge Economy, in fact, doesn’t require that Torino’s historical industrial vocation be repudiated. Industry may remain the basis of production, but it must become a different kind of industry, in which production is strongly influenced by study, research and service for the clientele.

The industrial transformation axis will concentrate on four strategic sectors, based on the prospects they can offer to the local economy: automotive, ICT, aerospace and finance.

  • The automotive sector is the most important sector of Piedmont’s industry, despite the general, international decline in this division. Various companies work in the automotive sector; in a few cases they are extremely dynamic and accustomed to international competition, while others are still tied to old productive models and will have to activate measures to face problems such as their insufficient level of internationalization; their lack of cooperation with other companies; managerial training that is often inadequate; and a constant need for innovation. The new industry must concentrate on products with a high level of added value by investing in research and innovation. A symbol of this philosophy is the project to reconvert a part of the Fiat Mirafiori factory in Torino. The company has ceded this area and it will be transformed into a technological park in which activities like research, education and experimentation in the field of mobility will be carried out thanks to close collaboration between industry and university.
  • What makes ICT interesting is its ability to dialog with other industries and offer important elements of innovation: this is the most promising aspect of Torino’s system and its research centers. Public institutions can stimulate the demand for ICT by pinpointing a few technological platforms (logistics, info-mobility and health services are interesting) and defining a series of legislative interventions and trustworthy programs, to let businesses invest in innovate activities tied to public demand, within a framework of reasonable risk.
  • Five prestigious groups in the aerospace sector are located in the Torino area - Alenia Aeronautica, Alenia Spazio, Avio, Galileo Avionica and Microtecnica. Together with local institutions, they are working on a project to construct a dedicated technological district. For a sector that is so dependent on public financing, both national and European, the ability to lobby the institutions is of fundamental importance.


  1. Pursue a strategy of internationalization of local production
  2. Adopt the prospect of collaboration, among businesses and with external subjects
  3. Promote managerial training
  4. Encourage processes of innovation in businesses
  5. Rethink the role of public support of the ICT sector
  6. Consolidate an open source community to help develop local enterprise
  7. Encourage industrial progress in the ICT sector
  8. Promote a common project for a technological district in the aerospace sector
  9. Analyze the local finance system and potential interactions between the public sector and private operators


  • Reconversion of Mirafiori
  • ICT platforms
  • Encourage the internationalization of businesses
  • Aerospace district
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