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In an industrial system such as Italy's, largely composed of a close network of small and medium manufacturing enterprises, business associationalism plays a fundamental role. This is particularly true for Bologna, where a special brand of capitalism based on individuals and their families has developed over the years, and is widespread. Unindustria Bologna with over 2,000 member companies is one of the largest enterprise associations in Italy. Unindustria Bologna is a member of Confindustria - the Confederation of Italian Manufacturing and Service Companies. With 259 member associations, Confindustria represents 135,000 companies, accounting for more than five million individuals. Following a policy of system governance, Unindustria Bologna groups together manufacturing and service companies, as well as construction companies through their provincial Association (ANCE Bologna). The mission of Unindustria Bologna is to represent its members in relation to institutions, trade unions and banks. Unindustria Bologna is also a large organization employing more than 60 experts. Operationally structured as a holding company, Unindustria Bologna offers a wide range of services to its members, operating throughout the territory as an authoritative player in economic and social issues.


Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe's top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. In the international Shanghai Ranking (ARWU), TUM was rated the number one German university both in 2011 and 2012.



CCPL is one of the major Cooperative Industrial Groups and covers a wide range of business sectors. Its distinctive feature is its ability to promote entrepreneurial development and growth in various different fields of activity while maintaining the identity and values of the cooperative enterprise. With a consolidated value of production topping 850 million Euros and over 1,300 employees, CCPL’s vast business portfolio covers 6 strategic areas: Fresh Food Packaging, Building Materials, Energy, Facility Management, Service-providing for Enterprises, and Property. A well-rooted propensity for innovation encouraged the Group to embark upon a well-defined process of expansion towards the international markets. So much so, that it now has plants and business concerns in various other countries, principally Spain, France and East Europe.


For the last thirty years Euroma has been a leader in the Italian market for the production of operating units and rotary tables. Due to the fact that Euroma has grown one of the most prestigious automotive areas in the world, it has become one of the main points of reference for industrial automation sector. Experience and flexibility, achieved through the continued pursuit of technological development allows for great innovation as well as the ability for customized solutions. Euroma is able to tailor make its products to fit the customers exact needs while maintaining our high standard of quality and competitive costs even against the new and emerging market.


G.D is the world leader in designing and manufacturing the fastest and most efficient cigarette making and packing lines. Thanks to our extensive range of machines available, we are the only manufacturer capable of supplying complete high-speed lines from the maker to the packer. G.D is part of the COESIA industrial group consisting of fourteen companies specialized in the production of automated machinery. With our headquarter in Bologna, Italy and 11 branches all around the world employing over 2,500 highly qualified people with a turnover of 678 million Euros in 2014.


Established in 1961, IMA is world leader in the design and manufacture of automatic machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, tea and coffee. Its position of leadership is the result of significant investments in R&D, regular and constructive dialogue with the end-users in its sectors and the Group's ability to expand internationally, conquering new markets. Its history features a constant growth that has enabled the Group to close the year 2014 with a consolidated turnover of 854.6 million Euros, about 91% of which destined for export. The Group has about 4,600 employees, more than 2,300 of whom overseas, and is present in about 80 countries, supported by a sales network made up of 29 branches, representative offices in central-eastern Europe and more than 50 agencies. The Group has 34 production plants in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, the UK, the USA, India and China. IMA S.p.A. has been listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since 1995 and in 2001 joined the STAR segment. The IMA Group owns 1,300 patents and applications for patent in the world; over 500 designers are committed to product innovation.

Marposs is a leading global supplier of precision metrology equipment for shop floor environment; it provides standard and customized systems, from simple manual gauges to complete automatic lines, developed in a tight partnership with customers. In addition to equipment for machine tool control and for dimensional and geometric inspection of mechanical parts, Marposs also provides systems for non-destructive and leak testing and for other functional checks, with the goal of allowing customers to improve productivity and reduce cost in manufacturing.


Founded in 1939 in Bologna, Pelliconi has today become one of the international leader in the production of crown corks and metal closures for the beverage industry. Four production plants: two in Italy, in Ozzano (Bologna) and Atessa (Chieti), one near Cairo, in Egypt and one in Orlando – Florida (USA). The foreign subsidiaries and a worldwide network of sales and distribution have allowed the Group to establish itself as the world's largest manufacturer and exporter of crown corks. Thanks to an uninterrupted program of investments, the group has seen a continuous growth over the past decade in a nearly stagnant market. This has enabled to employ around 500 people and to establish an annual production capacity of over 30 billion metal and plastic bottle caps. The whole production is geared to achieving the highest quality standards and commitments to corporate sustainability.


SACMI is an international group manufacturing machines and complete plants for the Ceramics, Packaging (including Beverage and Closures&Containers), Food industries and Automation - markets in which it is a recognized worldwide leader. Its strength lies in the application of innovative technology, the outstanding position of the Group on international markets and its commitment to research and development and providing customers with top-flight quality and service. With over 89% of turnover derived from export, the Sacmi Group has over 80 companies in 28 countries, production plants, distribution firms and service ones controlled by the parent company in Imola.


SCM Group is an industrial group leader in the creation, production and distribution of machinery and integrated systems to process wood and a vast range of materials (glass, stone, plastic, metals and composite materials), as well as industrial components (iron castings, mechanical carpentry, electrical components, electro spindles). For over 60 years, SCM Group has been operating in all 5 continents with 3.000 employees worldwide (400 are engineers). In 2014 the turnover amounted to 466 million Euros.

SIL.MAC S.r.l.

SIL.MAC is a mechanical engineering company specializing chiefly in the construction of automated machinery for third parties. With its modern, flexible management structure, high-precision production system and expert professionals, the Company is capable of handling entire orders, including substantial ones, with guaranteed costs, timetables and quality standards for the turnkey supply of individual machines, plants and lines. In partnership with an external engineering firm, the Company can work with customers to design new machines or upgrade and refurbish existing ones.



A newly founded startup company, Isanik Srl is a small enterprise for the design and production of innovative industrial sensors for liquid level, flow rate and other physical variables. The measurement principle of our sensors does not require moving parts and this makes our products extremely reliable. Expertise in the sensor industry, patented solutions, a flexible, innovation-oriented organization are the keywords of our company. Focusing on the satisfaction of our selected customers, we aim at constant growth by providing innovative, exclusive and competitive solutions.


Founded in Bologna in 1950, since 1975 Poggipolini has been specializing in engineering, R&D and manufacturing of critical and special mechanical components made of titanium, aluminum, steel and other special materials. Besides the advanced machining production department, Poggipolini has invested in other high tech divisions as rapid prototyping, vacuum heat treatments and a hot forging division. Thanks to its vertical organization, Poggipolini is capable to supply and deliver complete solutions to all its customers and also act as problem solver. Poggipolini is certified UNI EN ISO 9001, 9100, NADCAP for Heat Treating and NDT and works for the following main industries: aerospace, automotive and motorsports (F1 and MotoGP). Since 1988 Poggipolini has been an official Ferrari F1 supplier and since 1996 has been certified with Agusta-Westland (Finmeccanica). NCR, a Poggipolini division, is an exclusive motorcycles manufacturer. NCR also represents a full showcase of the Poggipolini technology. NCR was founded 1967 as a Ducati racing team and in 2001 this historic brand has been acquired by Poggipolini. Today NCR designs, develops and produces the most exclusive motorcycles that are recognized to be the lightest motorcycles in the world.


Founded in 1980, Studio Alfa carries out laboratory analyses and consultancy services on the environment, human safety, healthcare, food safety and energy saving. Studio Alfa meets the demands of private companies, public bodies and institutions thanks to more than a hundred experts; among them a complete, qualified staff of chemists, biologists, engineers and environmental technicians operating in laboratories with cutting edge technologies. The organizational structure of Studio Alfa is efficient and covers the entire Italian territory; this strong, internationally oriented organization makes Studio Alfa a strategic partner to foreign companies, both within and outside Europe.


Founded in 1970 and immediately established as leading company in the ceramic sector, System very soon made its strategy successful also in the logistics and electronics sectors, up to the photovoltaic sector. Covering 8 divisions and business units, 36 subsidiary companies, 8 manufacturing hubs, the System group is currently present on the market in 25 countries, with a turnover of over 380 million Euros and 1,500 employees.


Focusing its activity on customer assistance and reliability, since 1968 Tiber Pack in Sansepolcro operates in the field of automation applied to packaging and is able to understand, anticipate and match the market requirements. As the years go by, it specializes in manufacturing of automatic packaging machines for the food industry sector, aiming at the Italian market and at important companies and meeting them with approval. Today, Tiber Pack represents the second generation of entrepreneurs. Since 2008, the company has entered the International fresh fruit market, and has developed absolute innovative machines. Today, more than ever, Tiber Pack means research and development at customers' service. The company engineers, designs, and entirely manufactures packaging machines in its own factory aided by technologies and software of the latest generation. The modern assembling division is equipped with interactive 3D displays which are interfaced directly with our technical department. From parts manufacture to their assembling, from the electric system to the software, everything is made in Tiber Pack. Despite the present International crisis, Tiber Pack is an ever-growing company, thanks to its positive trend; Tiber Pack has quadrupled its sales over the last 5 years.

Tissue Machinery Company S.p.A

Tissue Machinery Company was set up in Bologna in 1997. For 20 years TMC has been offering the most innovative solutions to handle and solve the complexities related to the packaging and management of tissue products. Our focus on innovation, as well as our ability to be first, define every company choice and behavior: our commitment on Research and Development is steady because it allows us to offer more and more advanced solutions to the market, not only from a technological point of view but also in terms of service quality, optimization of the production process, simple use and/or maintenance. TMC serves over 70 countries, delivers over 100 machineries per year and boasts over 50 registered patents.