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.
Developing smart manufacture factories
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 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.