itResponsible: JOVANE Francesco
Politecnico di Milano
National Contact Point: Tel. +39 02 7064 3995

1 – General Information

TP Name

Italian ManuFuture Platform, for Competitive and Sustainable Manufacturing


Contact person (coordinator)

Mr. Tacchella Alberto
President ManuFuture-IT
Tel: +39 02262551

Prof. Francesco Jovane
Vice President ManuFuture-IT
Tel: +39 02 2369 9995

Alfredo Mariotti
Secretary HLG ManuFuture-IT

2 – Coordinating institution

Federmacchine – National Federation of Associations of Manufacturers of Capital
Goods Intended for Industrial and Handicrafts Manufacturing Processes
c/o UCIMU-Sistemi per Produrre

Viale Fulvio Testi, 128
20092 Cinisello Balsamo (MI)
Tel. + 39 02 262 55 288 – Fax + 39 02 262 55 880

3 – Technical objectives

The mission of the Italian Manufuture Technology Platform is the definition, development and implementation
of a research and innovation strategy capable of relaunching Manufacturing sectors and related industries in
the global market through the development of new High Added Value products/services, processes and
business models, securing:
– competitiveness of manufacturing industries
– sustainable growth
– new high skill jobs
– a better quality of life.
The Italian Manufuture Technology Platform will develop a synergic action aiming at:
– Identify strategic objectives of the Italian manufacturing industry
– Define RTD and innovation industrial needs in the medium-long term
– Define and Develop sectoral Technological Roadmaps for the development of new enabling technologies
– Disseminate the results and securing the implementation by stakeholders
– Define new schemes and measures to support the transformation of RTD and Education Infrastructure related to High Value Manufacturing
– Provide Public Authorities with the results of its activities, to support the planning of RTD Programmes at European, National and Regional level
– Set up a strong platform governance with the development of cooperation and coordination schemes with the other European (Manufuture EU), National (other National MF-platforms) and Regional (regional technological districts initiatives) initiatives.
– Support and promote public -private partnership through Manufuture examples
– Participate to dissemination processes of related Technological Platforms

4 – Relevance to nation economy

Considering the relevance of Manufacturing sector (in particular machinery and production systems) for
Italian Industry and the challenges of the global economy, Italy needs to respond to the industry expectations
with an effective RTD and Innovation strategy and related actions for development of High Added and
Knowledge based Manufacturing.

Here, below, some figures to show the relevance of Manufacturing in Italy:
– N. enterprises: > 500.000, about 37.000 with employees > 20,
– Jobs: > 4,5 persons employed
– Turnover: > 851 BEURO
– Value Added 206 BEURO 68% from 9 main sectors: machinery and equipment for production systems, fabricated metal products,food and beverage, chemicals, Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products, Rubber&Plastics, Textile, Basic metals, Furniture and other Manufacturing industries

Among Manufacturing sectors, the machinery and production systems (investment goods) sector is
fundamental. As machinery and production systems are at the same time, products and processes, they play a
double strategic role within Manufacturing with a strong impact on the whole industrial system.
Machinery and production systems are at the same time, products and processes. It is the first high-tech
product in terms of export. It covers 20 sectors of Manufacturing, assures about 600.000 jobs and contributes
to the richness of the country with active balance of 36,5 billion euro.

5 – Sectors within the TP

Italian ManuFuture Platform covers all Manufacturing sectors. Due to its economic relevance, Machinery and Production Systems has be choosen as the first domain of action of the Platform.

6 – ManuFuture pillars tackled by the TP

– New, added-value products and services: Yes
– New business models: Yes
– New advanced industrial engineering: Yes
– New emerging manufacturing science and technologies: Yes
– Transformation of existing R&D and education infrastructure to support world-class manufacturing: Yes

7 – Research & Development activities

Platform network partners participate actively at International, European and National RTD and Innovation
programmes. In particular:
– At International Level within IMS and Eureka Initiatives
– At EU level within the Framework Programme: NMP, IST, SMEs measures…
– At National level within the National Research Programme (2005-007) and its related measures and
funding; within the regional RTD and innovation programmes.

8 – Stake holders

Public Institution (EU, National and Regional):
– European Commission
– Ministry of University and Research
– Ministry for Economic Development
– Ministry of Innovation
– Regione Liguria
– Regione Emilia-Romagna
– Regione Puglia
– Regione Lombardia

Regional Technological Infrastructure
– Intelligent Integrated Systems Technologies District (Liguria)
– Hi- Mech District (Emilia Romagna)
– Mechatronics District (Puglia)

– AITEM, Italian Association for Mechanical Technology (represents 500 professors and researchers belonging to italian universities)
– Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Politecnico di Bari and other Italian Universities with strong
competences in manufacturing technologies.

Research Centres
– Production Systems Department of the National Research Council and ITIA-CNR (EPP LAB)
and other Italian RCs with strong competences in manufacturing technologies

Industrial Companies and Federations
Leading companies from manufacturing sectors
FEDERMACCHINE and its 10th sectoral industrial association

Financial Institutions
To be defined

9 – Geographical localization (map, localization of participants):

All over Italy.

10 – Interactions with other NRTPs

Cooperation with the European MANUFUTURE-NRTP-Network

11 – Special national programmes

National Research Programme – PNR (2005-2007)
National Operational Programme for Research and Competitiveness 2007-2013
“Industria 2015” Programme for industrial innovation

12 – Funding instruments

– EU R&D Programmes (7th framework programme 2007-2013)
– Eureka Initiative
– National Research and Innovation Programmes
– Regional measures
– EU Structural Funds
– Private Funding