ENP Newswire - 27 February 2014
Release date- 26022014 - Today, Tuesday, February 25 , Unioncamere Piedmont , Confindustria Piemonte , Intesa Sanpaolo and UniCredit have organized the conference ' Research and innovation. Investments for the future of Piedmont . '
Zeno Rotondi, Italy Head of UniCredit Research, spoke on 'The revival of private investment in Piedmont on the production chain: innovation as a strategic driver. 'Gregorio De Felice, chief economist at Intesa Sanpaolo, then spoke of' Research and innovation to strengthen the competitiveness of the Piedmont ', followed by Paul Guazzotti, Head Industrial Policies Confindustria Piemonte, with a speech entitled 'Companies that invest in innovation and research: the role of Confindustria Piemonte.'
To follow, Roberto Strocco, Head of Projects and Development of the territory of Unioncamere Piedmont, explained 'The services of the System Chamber to support innovation. '
They then interventuti the roundtable moderated by Pierpaolo Luciano, Chief Editor Republic Turin: Andrea Bairati, Area Director Territorial Policies, Innovation and Education, Confindustria Gianfranco carbonate, President of Confindustria Piemonte; Ferruccio Dardanello President unioncamere Piedmont, John Stranger, Regional Manager North West UniCredit, Antonio Nucci, Regional Director, Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta and Liguria Intesa Sanpaolo, Emilio Paolucci, Professor, Politecnico di Torino.
'Piedmont - said John Stranger , North West Regional Manager of UniCredit - confirms a region particularly active in the areas of traditional strength, where it enjoys a very strong specialization, namely in the sectors of Automotive and Machinery and Equipment, and measure slightly less than, those in the metals and Mechanical Components. We believe that at this time, with the emergence of growth prospects in the medium term, the uncertainties that held business investment can be mitigated. Always according to our analysis, in 2014, in Piedmont there will be a need for new investments of over EUR 6 billion and will resume with greater determination also the technological renewal. For the production system, on the one hand, there is indeed a need to rebuild an industrial base hit hard by the prolonged crisis and on the other the opportunity presents itself to realize process innovations, which are essential to compete in global markets. We therefore think that this year there will be a stronger demand for bank loans, with more systematic use and synergistic to the National System of warranty. Furthermore, the strengthening of SME access to capital markets through the issuance of minibond, strengthening of securitization and the attraction of foreign direct investment may be other practical solutions that can be seen to bridge the funding gap (defined as less self-financing investments) estimated for 2014. To fully understand these requirements, UniCredit, for Piedmont, is planning to grant new medium-term loans to enterprises, small, medium and large, equal to 130% of the previous year. '
'All the actors gathered here today know that 'doing business', with the aim of stay on the market in the medium to long term, it is an ever more closely linked to decisions to invest in innovation - said Antonio Nucci , Regional Director Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta and Liguria of Intesa Sanpaolo -. Innovation is the basis for the creation of competitive advantages not only in technology-intensive sectors, but also in traditional ones. Intesa Sanpaolo finances with conviction, it is carried out directly by the company or in collaboration with others, purchased from the market or to specific projects of industrialization of patents and designs. Intesa Sanpaolo also covers in advance 100% of the investment in research and innovation. In addition to analysis of the creditworthiness, we employ a team of specialized engineers for the technical-industrial projects. Our group, in these days, is conveying a credit line of EUR 120 million EIB earmarked for SMEs, Mid-Cap and innovative start-ups in order to encourage new employment in the range of young people between 15 and 29 years of age and the development of a new entrepreneurial culture more conducive to innovation. We are also intermediaries between the National Innovation Fund, created by the Ministry of Economic Development to facilitate the financing of innovative projects based on the industrial exploitation of drawings, models and patents. It must be emphasized that the size of the company is an important requirement to initiate research projects. For this we need to promote all forms of collaboration between small businesses and support the emergence of new network contracts. '
'Innovation is a vital asset for the development of our businesses. They say the findings of our latest economic data and the numbers companies registry of chambers of commerce: in this difficult time for our economy, resist only those companies that know how to innovate their products and their technologies, investing in research and development to be pace with the demands of the market - said the President of Unioncamere Piedmont , Ferruccio Dardanello -. The chamber system is actually engaged on this front: we support companies that wish to submit projects under the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, we assist companies in finding international partners for technological collaborations and research projects and we just made ??the IPIE portal which gathers all the innovative companies of Piedmont, a true showcase of technical and technological excellence of our region. '
'According to the European Commission (Report on Competitiveness and Employment in 2013), the scientific and technological progress accounts for approximately 50% of the economic growth of a country.
regard, however, made ??in Italy today is not adequate to support the fundamental process for the qualification, updating and development of our industrial system, and we need a policy of industrial development that encourages investment, which are the real key to create jobs and encourage the return of our economy to a new stage of growth, 'said Gianfranco carbonate , President Confindustria Piemonte .
THE ABILITY OF INNOVATIVE MANUFACTURING FIRMS PIEDMONT: DATA Unicredit
According to the analysis of UniCredit , presented by Zeno Rotondi , Head of Research UniCredit Italy , the innovative capacity of manufacturing enterprises in the supply chain of Piedmont is significantly higher than the national average for the . In particular, the Piedmontese companies stand to focus on innovation, especially in the technological chains, often built around the coupling of a leader or a technical supremacy. It appears significant contribution of Piedmontese companies to total number of patents filed by Italian companies in the Automotive industry, as well as in the sectors of Mechanical Components and Metals. In addition, the manufacturing firms in the region have a higher innovative capacity compared to the Italian average if operating in the sectors of Machinery and Equipment, Automotive and Chemistry.
Investments Italian chains estimated for 2014 are forecast to increase by 3.7% compared to 2013 (approximately EUR 81 billion) and higher than the self-financing capacity of firms in the same period, with an estimated funding gap of EUR 16 billion. For Piedmont is estimated an investment volume of more than EUR 6 billion, corresponding to 7.5% of the funding required for investment at the national level. The objective is to achieve those technological upgrading (from 3D manufacturing energy saving, from cloud computing to new opportunities offered by the nano-materials) needed to compete on the international market.
INNOVATION AS COMPETITIVE FACTOR OF PRODUCTION SYSTEM REGION: DATA OF UNDERSTANDING Sanpaolo
Gregorio De Felice , chief economist at Intesa Sanpaolo , focused on the role of innovation as a competitive factor of production in the region, presenting an analysis on a sample of over 4,600 firms in Piedmont. The Piedmontese companies most active in terms of innovation are no longer present on foreign markets with export activities, trademarks and investments in manufacturing and sales branches. Thanks to this good strategic positioning, in recent years this group of companies has performed better in terms of sales and profitability. The Piedmontese companies that patent have a more balanced management of current assets and more assets (sound capitalization) to invest in research. At the same time, those who innovate and create more skilled jobs with high levels of education.
Piedmont leads the Italian intensity of research and development and technological balance surplus. The growth potential of the region, however, can be increased through greater diffusion of innovation strategies between companies. In comparison with other European regions, Piedmont have seen a significant delay compared to, for example, the German Laender. In perspective, it is therefore necessary to intensify efforts in terms of innovation, including through greater interaction with the innovative system of Piedmont (research centers and universities), the development of innovative start-ups and more collaboration between businesses (eg with the instrument of enterprise networks).