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Starace presents the Enel-Symbola report

Starace’s comment on “100 Italian robotics and automation stories”
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Enel, together with the Symbola Foundation, renews its commitment to enhancing Italy’s spirit of innovation. On 5 February, Enel’s CEO Francesco Starace and the President of the Symbola Foundation Ermete Realacci presented, in Rome, the report on Made-in-Italy innovation, “100 Italian robotics and automation stories”. A collection of a hundred stories from the entire country, to showcase new technologies designed to improve people’s everyday activities in a variety of fields: healthcare, industry and research, to name just a few.

Together with Symbola we want to enhance Italy’s precious heritage of excellence, and to highlight stories of success, which are often little known, and talent, which is not always recognised, which contribute to progress with human-scale solutions”, said CEO Francesco Starace. Hence the idea of “representing this excellence through a concise and accurate study” based on two pillars: technology and research.

Together with Symbola we want to enhance Italy’s precious heritage of excellence, and to highlight stories of success, which are often little known, and talent, which is not always recognised, which contribute to progress with human-scale solutions

Francesco Starace, Enel CEO

The report “brings together one hundred virtuous examples of companies operating in the field of Made-in-Italy robotics and automation: stories about researchers, academics and companies that are able to look ahead, once again underscoring that the Italian system is competitive and at the forefront of innovation at the international level”.

As shown by the study, Italian machine tool manufacturers are bound to become a sector of excellence: robots and automata, indeed, are increasingly present in household cleaning, recreational activities and even assistance services. Worldwide, the market has reached a value of 16.5 billion dollars, and 422,000 units were delivered in 2018 alone, a 6% increase compared to the previous year.

In terms of total number of industrial robots installed, the Italian industry ranks sixth (69,142 units in 2018), after China, Japan, South Korea, the United States and Germany. Data on robotics research are positive as well: Italy is sixth in the world in number of scientific publications, with more than 10,000, ahead of France, Canada, South Korea and Spain. Specifically, the Italian robotics sector comprises no less than 104,000 companies, which have grown by 10% in five years and employ a total of 429,000 people.

In the interview he gave following the presentation, Francesco Starace reiterated the fact that Italy is one of the leading countries in the fields of robotics and automation. “The robotics sector is linked to the challenges of our life”, explained the CEO, citing the example of robotics applied to the medical field. “It also plays a key role in the challenges related to the energy transition”, he added, describing one of the potential applications of robotics in the energy sector that the Group is working on: experimentation on solar panels. “With its excellences and skills, we are convinced that Italy can be an example of sustainable growth on the global level, proving, in accordance with the Assisi Manifesto, that it is possible to bring the human dimension back to the centre of our economic model”, said Enel’s CEO Francesco Starace in his conclusion.

Enel editorial staff