On the occasion of the General Meeting of Assolombarda (Italian national representative association of companies), which was held at the Camozzi Group factory in Milan on Monday 3 July, 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. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by the President of the Senate Ignazio La Russa and by the President of Confindustria, Carlo Bonomi, in addition to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Camozzi Group, Lodovico Camozzi, 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. Also present on stage at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were the President of Lombardia Region Attilio Fontana and the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala.
In addition to being the group’s R&D coordination point, thus contributing to making the know-how and vertical skills of individual divisions available to the industry, the goal of CRC is to accelerate applied research and facilitate networking between the industrial, academic and scientific communities all over the world within the manufacturing sector. It will, in short, be a factory-laboratory equipped with cutting-edge technologies, unique in Europe, which may also constitute a source of attraction for young students, researchers and tech talents who want to contribute to the development and innovation of manufacturing.
Thanks to two strategic Joint Labs, launched respectively in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan and with the Italian Institute of Technology, CRC has been developing products with very high technology content, such as Smart Gripper, a sensor-equipped pneumatic gripper that can replicate the 5 human senses and perceive the world just like a human hand. Four monitoring and inspection robots, unique in the world, were also created in these laboratories and are currently used on the San Giorgio bridge in Genoa.
CRC, the flagship of the Camozzi Group’s research and development activities, will not be a finishing point for the company, but a starting point with the aim of increasingly expanding and consolidating its technical-scientific network and relationships along the entire manufacturing value chain.