The Italian car industry has its roots in Torino and Piemonte, an area boasting a rich heritage of expertise in manufacturing, excellent in terms of inventiveness, skill, love for the product and technical/design quality.
The region offers an outstanding unique feature: the entire planning and production cycle (styling, design, prototyping, automation, components, mass production and niche production) all concentrated in the same area.
The tradition of “knowing how to make cars” has always kept up with the times; today a considerable number of companies that produce for the car industry are organized into groups, able to carry out the most complex and delicate jobs along with the lean production chain.
Torino-Piemonte automotive companies are devoted to international markets: 84% (despite of the 77% national average) export their products abroad for an amount of 7.5 billion € (40% of the national total) and many of them opened (or are opening in short terms) manufacturing facilities in other countries.
The automotive scenario in Torino Piemonte scenario includes:
74% of the Torino-Piemonte automotive enterprises invest in R&D and are responsible for more than 50% of the European patents granted to inventors in Piemonte. The Fiat Research Centre (FRC) is where more than 900 engineers and researchers carry the sector forwards.
In fact, for some time now the FRC has been more than a “purely Piemonte research centre”, carrying out various forms of research with all the large European groups and being a leading contractor in the European Union within Framework Programmes.
All activites carried out are organised within From Concept to Car, project offering international players a reaserved lane to get in touch and make business with a selection of top class companies from Torino-Piemonte.