Fraunhofer Italia Research Scarl – Innovation Engineering Center is Italy’s first foreign independent institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest applied research organisation with 29,000 employees working on projects for a total value of 1.9 billion EUR. Fraunhofer is particularly active in Germany, where it boasts 75 research institutes, and has branches in 19 other countries. Fraunhofer Italia was founded in Bolzano-Bozen in December 2009 as a non-profit research organisation and has a staff of approximately 40 employees, all of whom have been based at its new headquarters in the NOI Techpark since 2017. Fraunhofer Italia is made up of three research departments, namely Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Process Engineering in Construction and Robotics and Intelligent Systems Engineering, in addition to hosting the ARENA (Area for REsearch & iNnovative Applications) application centre. Via its various activities, Fraunhofer Italia supports small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in projects linked to industrial automation for the manufacturing and construction sectors, as well as developing business models capable of harmonising complex production processes, digitalisation and sustainability.

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