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Automotive Component Chain

by Anna Moretti Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italia - Francesco Zirpoli Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italia -

The automotive industry plays a pivotal and strategic role in our country's industrial framework as well as in Europe, inducing all the players involved to consolidate research and development activities, especially on automotive components, launched twenty years ago following an initiative by the Turin Chamber of Commerce and progressively extended to other institutional actors. Today, just as then, the interest surrounding the market dynamics of such an important supply chain is alive, capturing its main features, carrying out a systematic collection of information useful for updating the multi-faceted world of suppliers and, at the same time, identifying past and recent changes in this sector, in the face of changes that are affecting the manufacturing world as a whole, as well as consumer choices and new technological challenges. The 2017 Observatory on Italian automotive components stems from the valuable sharing of different research experiences: the working group was consolidated over time and enjoys the active participation of the Turin Chamber of Commerce, ANFIA (National Association of the Automotive Supply Chain), and CAMI (Centre for Automotive and Mobility Innovation) as part of the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice. Each partner, through its own expertise and privileged point of observation, has actively contributed to the project, developing its contents and helping to shape a systematic overview of the industry. Therefore, if on the one hand, the range of in-depth topics developed by the complex automotive world has been increasing, on the other we have also focused on developing  an overall picture, placing more Italian manufacturing districts under the magnifying glass (Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and other industrial district in Southern Italy). Moreover, in addition to the national and international industrial scenario, in order to make the Observatory a true reflection of realities, both field survey structure and methods have been perfected in order to better define the perimeters of the component sector, in a context of intermediate processing. In the light of the contents developed, when it comes to offering assessment factors, The Observatory aims to represent a useful tool not only for the research world, but also for the business system, trade associations and all the institutional actors involved in defining the industrial policies to be implemented in the automotive sector. Simultaneously with the industry’s new expectations, the Observatory looks at pursuing its own challenges, aspiring to grow further. In the face of the rapid changes currently affecting the sector and the consequent need to investigate new and emerging issues, one cannot avoid taking into account the changing standards of mobility, not to mention current issues in industrial policies, with the industry 4.0 in the forefront.

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