Grand opening of the Camozzi Research Center by Camozzi Group


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.

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CRC center – On cover, from left to right, Giancarlo Pedetti, Davide Pedetti, Raffaele Dellepiane and Marco Molesti.

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.

Developing smart manufacture factories

The speed of change, the disruptive force of innovation, the pressing challenges posed by the green deal – today – are driving the industry to rethink 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.Lodovico Camozzi, CEO of the Camozzi Group

In addition to specialised laboratories, the Rubattino factory houses technologies in Europe, such as MasterPrint®, a 3D printers capable of creating pieces of up to 12 meters in length, or PowerMax™, a technology for large subtractive manufacturing.


Within this factory are created several tech products, 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.

Sharing the know how

Industrial research, co-development, scouting of technologies and start-ups, 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 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 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.

The establishment of CRC in collaboration with the Camozzi Group and IIT constitutes a key new step towards the achievement of increasingly advanced and cutting-edge research and development objectives. The signing of this collaboration adds to the 62 strategic partnerships, the Joint Research Platform, which the university has available today. We, at the Polytechnic University of Milan, are proud to be part of this project and it is with great enthusiasm that we have taken up this new challenge. The responsibilities we have are great: to unite university and industrial research by sharing ourtop-quality expertise and committing our best researchers for the achievement of objectives in the common interest. To do this, we have set up two cutting edge laboratories at the Camozzi Group facilities: one entirely devoted to collaborative robotics for product assembly and one equipped for the implementation of new technologies for smart sensor-equipped additive manufacturing.Donatella Sciuto, Rector of the Polytechnic University of Milan

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IIT is a research centre that was created to compete in the field of scientific research at an international level. At the same time, our activities are strongly oriented towards technology transfer. Since the beginning of our scientific activities, we have filed over 1,300 patents, established 33 start-ups, and initiated about twenty joint laboratories with public and private-sector entities of national and international renown. One of the most successful joint laboratories is undoubtedly the one with the Camozzi Group where the research work of IIT has been applied in practice to the real world, as testified by the robots used for monitoring the San Giorgio bridge in Genoa, unique in the world, and the industrial handling applications derived from technologies developed on the humanoid robot iCub, the most widespread AI and robotics research platform in the world”.Giorgio Metta, IIT Scientific Director

CRC site

The site that today houses CRC, which is also the registered office of the Camozzi Group, is a symbol of the union between factory and technological innovation.

CRC is in fact located in Milan, Via Rubattino, the area of the former company Innse and traditional headquarters of Innocenti, in Lambrate, where Made-in-Italy Lambrettas and Minis were once manufactured.

Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, the plant has retained its architectural infrastructure, which the Camozzi Group wanted to keep intact, while at the same time undertaking to contribute to the revitalisation of the entire surrounding area.