“We entrust the future of the car to a person outside Europe”


AGI – Automotive Sector Outlook Summit at Palazzo Chigi on Wednesday, February 9. The news of the appointment comes as Economic Development Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti says at an event of the Italian-German Chamber of Commerce that it is necessary to listen to the contributions that come to us from industry, in order to avoid the risk of “undesirable and potentially serious” social and professional consequences

“The transformation of the industry can therefore only pass through the industry itself”, he adds. According to what we learn, the meeting, convened in the morning, will not see the presence of Prime Minister Mario Draghi engaged outside Rome and not even unions. There should be the Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility Enrico Giovannini and that of the Economy, Daniele Franco.

Giorgetti recalled today that Italy and Germany were the only countries not to have signed in favor of the fate of the electric car. “We have to consider who controls the raw materials – he says – and obviously this subject is not in Europe. So, we are cautious because we entrust the future of the automotive sector to someone outside of Europe and I’ll stop there because I think we all understand who I’m talking about.

The Minister stresses the opportunity to rebalance certain interventions in the economy, now in particular incentives for the construction sector, “while certain sectors have been less taken into consideration, such as the automotive sector”.

Ambitious “green” targets – he argues – must also be read “with pragmatism: high environmental standards must go hand in hand with economic sustainability, in order to avoid distortionary effects and minimize the introduction of competitive advantages in the internal market to the benefit of third countries and to the detriment of European countries”.

Wednesday’s meeting and Giorgetti’s remarks are a response to urgent demands from Federmeccanica and the unions for an urgent meeting. In a letter addressed to the government, the federation and the unions fear the concrete risk of deindustrialization of a key sector of the Italian economy and ask to “put in place all the necessary defensive actions and to examine above all the advisability of ‘a revival and development of the sector’.

The figures of the crisis

The national production of motor vehicles – it will be recalled – has increased from more than 1.8 million vehicles in 1997 to 700,000 in 2021, including less than 500,000 cars. The automotive industry in Italy has a turnover of 93 billion euros, or 5.6% of GDP and in the manufacturing sector of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers alone, more than 2,000 companies and 180,000 workers operate and 7% is achieved from national exports of metallurgy for a value of 31 billion euros.

But stopping the sale of new cars that produce carbon emissions in 2025, if not accompanied by interventions, could lead – warn Federmeccanica and Fim, Fiom and Uilm – tod a loss of approximately 73,000 jobs, including 63,000 over the period 2025-2030 (Anfia-Clepa-PWC estimates).

Already today, the data on the use of social safety nets provided by the INPS indicate the trend: in 2019, 26 million hours of redundancy were used, in 2021 nearly 60.

Unions and companies propose to assess regulatory interventions in the automotive sector in the context of transitions and relations with institutional actors; the specific impacts for the Italian territory; resources and governance for industrial policies; the social safety nets to support the transitions in progress, in the short and long term and finally the needs and availability of skills between education and training accompanying the transformation.

What is Motor Valley

Europe is moving forward with the zero-emission plan for new vehicles from 2035 and the Minister for Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolani, would like to negotiate an exemption for luxury cars with the European Commission, the beating heart of the Italian Motor Valley. In the land of motors, some of the most important car and motorcycle brands in the world were born and continue to build the myth of speed.

motor valley it is a unique industrial district in the world with 16,500 companies and more than 90,000 employees, with an annual turnover of 16 billion and an export of 7 billion. Famous brands from all over the world have their roots and headquarters here: Automobili Lamborghini, Dallara, Ducati, Ferrari, Haas, Magneti Marelli, Maserati, Pagani and Toro Rosso. It brings together 4 international racetracks (Modena, Varano, Imola and Misano), 6 specialized training centers, 6 manufacturers, 13 museums, 18 collections, 10 sector operators and 188 sports teams

The main manufacturers

Dallara: it was founded by the current president, Giampaolo Dallara. After working at Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and De Tomaso, he wanted to continue cultivating his dream of working in the world of racing cars, in his hometown of Varano de’ Melegari (Parma), giving birth in 1972 to the ” Dallara Automobile Contest”.

Ducati: founded in 1926, based in the Borgo Panigale district of Bologna, Ducati has been producing sports motorcycles since 1946 equipped with engines with desmodromic timing, innovative design and state-of-the-art technology. A story of more than 90 years that tells of the passion for speed.

Ferrari: the brand has been certified as the strongest in the world. The Maranello company saw the first car leave its factories in 1947 and it certainly owes its glory to Enzo Ferrari who, with his Scuderia, immediately reaped astonishing successes in competition, helping to create the “Ferrari myth” in the whole world. . .

Lamborghini: since 1963, Automobili Lamborghini has been producing luxury super sports cars, innovative technology and futuristic lines that contribute to a Made in Italy design concept. A Motor Valley excellence based in Sant’Agata Bolognese.


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