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The culture of Packaging

The extensive knowledge and passion for packaging, automation and mechanics in general, has created a network of automation and packaging firms founded as spin offs of existing companies. This passion has been supported by specialised training centres, set up to provide a constant supply of new technicians, generation after generation. Together, the enterprises have now carved out a specific sector, strengthening the culture of automated machinery and fostering the exchange of ideas, as designers, service staff and technicians move from one company to another.

Preservation of know-how

This sector is very large and very strong, but perhaps also vulnerable; it has gradually built up a specialised network of outsourcers to meet its needs, a network of sub-suppliers which can adapt its automation products to meet demand, by managing and preserving the existing know-how.

Mechanics Sector

The branch of instrumental mechanics is the great strength of the region, with particular regard to:

  • Packaging and processes 
  • Machine tools 
  • Biomedical and Automotive
  • Multidisciplinary technologies for automation

Small and medium enterprises

Small and medium enterprises have been important factors in restructuring economies and fighting poverty. They are playing an increasingly important role in terms of developing the economy, creating jobs, boosting regional and local development and providing social cohesion, partly thanks to the role played by women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs and the spirit of initiative demonstrated. 

Sustainable development and social progress

We need to realise that globalisation and the accelerating pace of technological progress and innovation create opportunities for SMEs. However, these phenomena also have a cost, in terms of transition and new challenges. The policies addressed to SMEs should therefore reflect the circumstances and priorities of individual countries and sectors by contributing to sustainable development and social progress. Product innovation at sub-supply level must also be developed by encouraging participation in Community research programmes targeting SMEs and their networks, and by facilitating access to credit.