WELCOME TO A LAND
OF ABUNDANT RICHES
Emilia-Romagna is a land which combines art and landscape, a rich culture, the best cars and a unique cuisine which has been copied around the world. A fashion industry with the unmistakable flair of the best Made in Italy. And a ceramics industry which has led the world for quality, innovation and design.
This is Emilia-Romagna: a welcoming, creative and always business oriented region, ready for new challenges – just like its people.
A land to discover.
THE NUMBERS THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
Economy and business: 430,000 companies, 1,014 companies per 10,000 inhabitants, 50,000 manufacturing concerns, exports at 34.4% of GDP, 59% of exports in the high and medium-high tech sectors, 42 billion euro exports in 2010 (15% of the national export turnover, with a growth of 16% over 2009), the 2nd Italian region for exports, 1st region in the national economic freedom ratings. Culture: 6 universities, 100 theatres, 365 museums, 1,400 libraries, 123,000 university students. Tourism: 2 national parks, 15 regional parks, 20 spas, 30 art cities, 3 Unesco heritage sites, 130 km of coastline, 2,500 hotels. Research and innovation: 6 specialised technological platforms, 10 centres of excellence, 38 research labs, 11 centres for innovation and technology transfer, 23,000 researchers, of which 13,000 in the private sector, 3rd Italian region for investment in R&D, 1st region in Italy for the number of EPO patents. Infrastructure and transport: 10,792 km of roadways, 1,350 km of railways, 4 main airports, 17 interports and intermodal hubs, the principal Adriatic commercial port.
A “greener” Region > 2 thousand companies, 230,000 employees, turnover of more than 61 billion euro, 95 million euro set aside by the Region in 2010 for investment in the green economy. Waste management, integrated water cycle, renewables, sustainable mobility, bio-construction, organic farming, technologies for reduced industrial impact – these are the areas of a sector which is playing the leading role in making Emilia-Romagna an ever “greener” Region.
A BRIDGE BETWEEN
EUROPE AND THE MEDITERRANEAN
Emilia-Romagna has an enviable geographic location which makes it the natural bridge between North and South Italy, as well as between Europe and the Mediterranean. Situated in central Northern Italy, in the heart of the country’s most industrialised area, Emilia-Romagna is a strategic commercial area connected to the principal cities of Italy and Europe.
10,792 km of roadways, 1,350 km of railways, 4 main airports, 17 interports and intermodal hubs, the principal Adriatic commercial port – these are what make Emilia-Romagna a crucial logistics platform for passenger and goods traffic between North and South Italy and between continental Europe and the Mediterranean.
WITH HIGH EMPLOYMENT
Emilia-Romagna has one of the highest per capita GDP’s of any Italian region, and has been ranged for many years as one of the richest regions of Europe. Its very dynamic economy has enabled Emilia-Romagna to achieve an employment rate of 67.4%, which is well over the Italian and European averages, and an unemployment rate which is significantly lower than the EU average.
THE ENGINES OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
Emilia-Romagna is not only the birth place of internationally renowned brands, but above all of small and medium enterprises boasting cutting edge technology. Research and innovation, internationalisation and specialisation are the keys to the success of our export-oriented region. The Emilia-Romagna economy is characterised by its excellent production networks, from advanced mechanical engineering, automotive, agri-food and fashion to living/construction, biomedicals, green technology and mechatronics
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Know-how, research and innovation are the keys to the Region’s economic and manufacturing development which have made our economy a strong competitor in global markets by exploiting our expertise to the full.
The Emilia-Romagna Regional Government’s High Technology Network is composed of laboratories which are equipped with competencies, tools and human resources capable of working in close collaboration with business.
Organised by Thematic Platforms which guarantee the best model for developing competencies and outstanding visibility to business, the Network, coordinated by ASTER – the regional Consortium for Innovation – includes industrial research labs and innovation centres all over the region, with activities including Agri-food, Construction, Energy and Environment, ICT and Design, Mechanics and Materials, and Life Sciences.
14 Wine and Food Routes, itineraries of taste running between farms, cheese and ham makers, and craft boutiques.
Our unique products of which Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico tradizionale di Modena are just a few examples, constitute the map of Emilia-Romagna’s gastronomic delights, the reason why this was the first region to implement standards and regulations for quality controlled production and a law for traceable materials and products. This is Emilia-Romagna, the land of products bearing the IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta, Protected Geographical Indication) and DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta, Protected Designation of Origin) marks, and a world leader in food processing, food packaging,food machinery and cold chain.
Regional Agency for Business Internationalisation
Director: Ruben Sacerdoti
Viale Aldo Moro 44 – 40127 Bologna – Italy
Tel +39 051 5276420 Fax +39 051 5276512
Project Manager: Matteo Setti – firstname.lastname@example.org