Italy’s Tomorrow: Technology Report

The country famous for its food, wine, fashion and cars looks to a new horizon in exports...

This article, by MIT Technology Review Custom, appears on MIT Technology Review.

Think Italy. Think Innovation, Impact, and Integration.

The recent i3 Forum showcased Italian leadership in technology, automation, and manufacturing—and emphasized strong U.S. partnerships.

What’s Italy’s biggest export right now? If you answered food, fashion, wine, or sports cars, you’ve guessed wrong.

There’s no question that Italy remains famous for its great cuisine, world-class wines, and incomparable automobiles. But the country’s strongest export industry today is high technology. In fact, about 60 percent of Italy’s exports are in machinery, technology, and related industries, according to the Italian Trade Agency (ITA).

On the Horizon

While Italy’s leaders appreciate their country’s rich history, they believe its future depends on technology, automation, and manufacturing.

“The past is gorgeous. The past is incredible. The past is fantastic,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said at the ITA’s recent i3 Forumin Chicago. “We love our past. But we also love our tomorrow.”

The event—whose three “i’s” stand for “impact,” “innovate,” and “integrate”—brought together American and Italian entrepreneurs and government leaders for an intensive day of networking, presentations by two groups of Italian innovators, and two panel discussions: one on manufacturing and social innovation, the other on robotics and additive manufacturing.

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