Cluster Trasporti Italia is an association representing 37 industries of all sizes operating in the production of transport vehicles, technologies and services with more than 200,000 people, 6 B€ investments and 33 B€ revenues. Yet, 15 universities, 8 research organizations and 6 regions are also joining the Cluster.

The association is part of the National Technology Clusters (CTN) having been recognized  by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) as the interlocutor grouping together the land and maritime mobility transport stake-holders. The CTN are supporting the ministry itself for the realization of the National Research Program (PNR) and of the national position towards the new EU programs.  In particular, in relation to the Structural Funds and  Horizon Europe – the European Framework Program for Research and Innovation 2021-2027. Furthermore the Next Generation EU and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, are expected to bring a real revolution in the freight transport and passenger mobility sector pushing digitalization and ecological transition.

An Italian way for transport and mobility

The transport and mobility sectors are rapidly evolving, driven by energy transition,  cooperative, connected and automated mobility, new service paradigms and user behaviors. In this context, a country-system action is mandatory to identify and develop competitive products and services for positioning the industries on the market taking advantages from the new opportunities.

Playing and winning this challenge represents a unique opportunity to shape the country’s economic and productive fabric to improving its competitiveness at international level. The world belongs to those who will be able to interpret the change.

Cluster Trasporti brings together major industrial and scientific players in Italy operating in road, rail, waterways, intermodal mobility and in the related telematics and integrated transport services. Our goal is to exploit synergies between the various supply chains and to identify research and innovation actions on the land transport sector, also to address the resources available in an efficient way.

Utilizing the help of universities, research centers and companies, particular attention is paid to training for new professionals, with the aim of creating a national network of distinctive skills for the transport sector.

These innovations require to enhance the R&D chain by creating cross-sector partnerships for the development of research projects and to strengthening technology transfer mechanisms. Yet, leveraging on public and private investments to promote innovation and   continuous transfer of research results to the productive fabric. Capitalizing on worldwide research and challenges in the field of cooperative mobility  (connected and automated),  decarburization, energy transition, vehicles and circular production capability targeting the the new service paradigms in mobility.

Transport innovation requires the creation of national networks to enhance the enabling technologies, but also the transversality and complementarity of the various sectors with the strategic objective of promoting an osmosis between best practices. Overcoming the technological verticalization of each sector for creating common platforms, is an original way   to position Italy  as a front-runner in the international competitive context. The goal is to create the conditions for the development of integrated and intermodal supply chains of products and services, starting from leading-edge excellences achieved in some sectors to replicating  on a large scale.

Cluster Trasporti is creating the conditions for the implementation of the so-called regional smart specialization strategies through the adoption of a comprehensive Action Plan – now endorsed in the new Strategic Agenda 2021-2023 – and the development of four supply chain projects relating to common and priority technological topics for the world of public-private research. Furthermore, Cluster Trasporti has identified, within the 4 types of surface transport, 11 main research and 20 innovation trajectories for indicating  the keywords of Italian priorities in the European transport research: smart, green and integrated.

Why join Cluster Trasporti? 

Cluster Trasporti stands as a national figurehead in the sector, actively participating in the definition of national and EU research and innovation policies. In this perspective, it favors relationships with all national and European administrative levels, even at the local level, stimulating the regions to intervene in the territory by enhancing the strategic assets, in line with the Smart Specialization.

Currently, 75 Italian companies are members of Cluster Trasporti, comprising 15 universities, 3 research institutions, 5 research organizations, 1 training institution, 32 SMEs and large companies, 13 public-private aggregations (which include within them over 1,000 partners) and 6 trade associations. In addition, 6 Italian regions support Cluster Trasporti and actively participate in the association’s promotion activities.

Cluster Trasporti is therefore a network that enhances the full knowledge of the skills, competence and objectives of the members, respecting the strategy of each individual company.

A knowledge of the various components of Cluster Trasporti that is amplified, even externally, by the mapping of individual skills inserted within a digital platform available to other companies, but also to administrative and political decision makers. With this in mind, Cluster Trasporti offers the opportunity to share visions and ideas that involve all levels of the single supply chain, but is also able to ensure its members timely information on opportunities relating to national and European funding and provide valid and effective forms of networking competent to respond to national and international calls for applications and tenders.

Cluster Trasporti – acting in close collaboration with the other CTNs –  provides the means to sharing common themes and synergies, promoting integrated proposals for the development of the Italian industrial system. Cluster Trasporti is the home for shaping the future industrial innovations in the transport and mobility sector leveraging on most of the skills and excellence in Italy and thanks also to the continuous and proactive dialogue with the ministry of university and research, the ministry of sustainable infrastructures and mobility, the ministry of economic development and the new ministry of ecological transition.

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