Milan – 3 July 2023. On the occasion of the General Meeting of Assolombarda, which was held in the Milan factory of the Camozzi Group, the company officially opened the Camozzi Research Center (CRC), the hub that will be bringing together national and international businesses, universities and centres of excellence with the aim of accelerating applied research and facilitating networking between the industrial, academic and scientific communities within the manufacturing sector.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, was attended by the President of the Senate, Ignazio La Russa, the President of the Lombardy Region, Attilio Fontana, the Mayor of the Municipality of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, the President of Confindustria, Carlo Bonomi, the President of Assolombarda Alessandro Spada, the President and CEO of Camozzi Group, Lodovico Camozzi, in addition to the Rector of the Polytechnic University of Milan, Donatella Sciuto, the President of IIT, Gabriele Galateri di Genola, and the Scientific Director of IIT, Giorgio Metta
In addition to highly specialised laboratories, the Rubattino factory houses technologies that are unique in Europe, such as MasterPrint®, one of the largest 3D printers in the world capable of creating pieces of up to 12 meters in length, or PowerMax™, a key technology for large subtractive manufacturing. Unique products were created within this factory, such as Smart Gripper, a robotic gripper capable of perceiving the outside world just like a hand, which was produced in cooperation with the Italian Institute of Technology and is currently being further developed by the Polytechnic University of Milan.
Industrial research, co-development, scouting of technologies and start-ups with strong innovative potential, networking and sharing of know-how between professionals from the manufacturing and technical-scientific worlds will be the main activities set out in CRC’s mission. This hub has already initiated important collaborations with 11 Italian and foreign universities, 4 centres of excellence, and 6 national and international technology partners, with the aim of continuing to expand its network. Since the first steps were taken after its establishment, the Camozzi Research Center has also been housing two exceptional Joint Labs developed in cooperation with the Polytechnic University of Milan and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), which recently relocated its main Lombardy headquarters to CRC.
Lodovico Camozzi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Camozzi Group, stated:
“The speed of change, the disruptive force of innovation, the pressing challenges posed by the green deal - today - are driving the industry to rethinking its production processes, materials, technologies and products according to increasingly rapid cycles. By physically bringing research inside factories and making a number of latest-generation technologies available to the technical-scientific communities, CRC wishes to help trace the main lines of development of the smart and cloud factory according to the most advanced industry 5.0 approach, which puts the environment, and above all people, at the centre of manufacturing.”