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New aerospace

The push to products and processes innovation has changed some of the traditional aerospace technology references, historically focused on electronics, precision mechanics, and special metals. The aerospace sector is pushed towards a new paradigm in which Industry 4.0 enabling technologies (nanotechnologies, IOT, power electronics, composite materials, process virtualization and digitization) are located, modifying the needs and expectations of buyers and producers and generating a cross-cutting impact on many production chains.

In the aeronautics industry, a combination of factors – the growth of air transport demand, the need to upgrade the fleet, the development of increasingly stringent regulations, global competition, the availability of technologies that can significantly change the airplane, its management and the travel experience – is redesigning the profile of the chain, integrating actors far from the traditional supply chain. Similar and complementary changes affect the spatial sector, transformed also by the growth of commercial, and not institutional, demand which is about to change the physiognomy of the industry forever.

Within an industry crossed by strong winds of change, the chains are fragmented and recreated. Even with the peculiarities and the high barriers to entry, the aerospace sector does not seem to be alien to the forces and opportunities that globalization of markets offers to internationalized companies.


In this framework takes place the research project New Aerospace. The Map of a Changing Ecosystem in Piedmont and in Italy, undertaken to provide a position paper to outline the difficulties and opportunities of the Piedmont “new aerospace”, the trends (not only technological) that lead the industry, the change perspective and its implications for the territory, sectors and actors that are facing the market with unexpected solutions. The aim of the work is to build a useful tool for actors in the local system – companies, public institutions, academia, vocational training institutes, support and regulation resource agencies – to reflect on the ongoing change, build support tools for research and innovation, fostering cooperation between territories and national districts.


The work roadmap consist of four main activities:

  1. Individual meetings with some of the leading companies based in the local area, whose voice are fundamental to understand the prospect of the industry in a broader international context.
  2. Expanding the look to other companies of the ecosystem, to focus on specific aspects of the local sector, highlighting the best experiences in the area and the weaknesses of the industry.
  3. Debate with public actors, agencies specialized in aeronautical industry development, representations to complete the potential policy framework.
  4. Drafting a position paper and a public discussion of emerging trends and their impact on the Piedmont district.


/ Period 2015-2016

/ Partner Finpiemonte, Comitato Torino Piemonte Aerospace, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella