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Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen – South Tyrol

Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen – South Tyrol

With its S3, South Tyrol aims to foster its sustainable development potential as business location. The main aim is to increase innovation and competitiveness principally of its SMEs. This requires well-built networks and a pronounced willingness to cooperate. The Vanguard initiative and its orientation towards excellence offer smart growth in a strong network. This is an opportunity to successfully tackle the challenges of the future.

A green and sustainable ecosystem, the GDP with the highest growth in Italy (+2.1% growth estimated for 2018) and a low unemployment rate of 3.1%, in line with the best production districts of the European Union. That's the result of the industrial and innovation policies implemented in South Tyrol in recent years. This approach is based on innovation, pluralism and confrontation.

These principles have led to an ecosystem that brings together companies and research institutions around the NOI Techpark, the new technology hub with 19 laboratories, each focused on a different aspect of the macro-areas of the S3 strategy of our region (energy & environment, alpine technologies, agro-food technologies, ICT & Automation, health & wellness, automotive).

Within the technological park the research network (Free University of Bolzano, Eurac research, Laimburg Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Fraunhofer Italia Research, Institute of Innovative Technologies, Eco-research, Klimahaus Agency) meets start-ups and established companies, to support sustainable innovation and industrial research. IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige (company for business development and innovation and service provider for the US techpark) operates the cluster system for South Tyrolean companies. There are currently 7 active ecosystems:  Constructions, Wood & Agricultural Technology, Sports & Alpine Safety, Energy & Environment, Food, Health & Wellness, ICT & Automation.

Thanks to its border position, South Tyrol has always implemented cross-border cooperation and is present in numerous European networks and initiatives to support growth and competitiveness (i.e. EEN - Enterprise Europe Network, EuSALP, ERRIN, Euromontana).

In 2018 the new offensive on the Province's research strategy was also launched, which envisages focusing not only on the promotion of innovation but also on strengthening the collaboration with neighboring countries and on investments in new research infrastructures.

New investments are already planned in the automotive field, in which South Tyrol is one of the European regions with the strongest presence, with the forecast opening in 2021 of a dedicated technology park. Beside public investment of over 20 million euros, also strong private investments are foreseen. Furthermore, it is awaited that private investors build their own research facilities within the premises of the NOI Techpark with ambitious plans for the coming years.

President of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen – South Tyrol