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Leonardo and development of the aeronautical sector in Southern Italy

The AeroTech Campus established, a new hub for technological innovation

The establishment of the AeroTech Campus, the new HUB for thetechnological innovation of the Leonardo Aerostructures Division, was announced today at the Pomigliano d’Arco plant (Naples). The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Social Policies Luigi Di Maio, representatives of local institutions and Leonardo’s top management attended the ceremony.

In addition to the inauguration of the AeroTech Campus, the ceremony also marked the start of a transformation programme at Leonardo’s Pomigliano d’Arco facility which is focused on improving production engineering processes. The initiative is representative of the move towards growth in Southern Italy’s aeronautics sector.

The AeroTech Campus will host researchers, developers and new entrepreneurial teams involvedin the development of cutting-edge technologies to be implemented in aerostructures, ensuring andconsolidating Leonardo's market reference in the field. AeroTech Campus will also collaborate with the University "Federico II" of Naples.

Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo commented: “The challenge for Italy’s future is linked to its technological skills and the growth of the Southern regions. Leonardo is ready to play a key role inthe relaunch of the ‘Country System’ through an investment plan that necessarily collaborates withthe institutions. Our goal is to turn the tide and make our production plants centres of excellence inthe manufacturing sector. Leonardo is ready to do its part and we ask the local authorities and central administrations to invest in the aerostructures sector with us".

The company is the world's sixth largest producer of aerostructures for civil aircraft, a market that will require about 43,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years. Therefore, it will be necessary to arrangenew technological production processes in order to sustain the high demand.

Campania is a region of great importance to Leonardo due to its historical industrial presence. The company is the main actor in the Campania aerospace district, with five divisions and the joint-venture Telespazio with over 4,500 employees. Leonardo’s activities in Campania guarantee high technology jobs in its Pomigliano d'Arco, Nola, Fusaro, Giugliano, Pozzuoli, Benevento and Naples production plants, and support a supply chain involving an extensive network of small and medium sized enterprises. Leonardo’s collaborations with universities are part of its open innovation strategy, aimed at developing new technologies, skills, products, services and the general promotion of research, which will additionally benefit other industrial fields.

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