The regional companies in the building and construction industry have become international leaders in terms of product quality and design innovation and are at the cutting-edge as regards research into materials and production technologies. 

Exports of regional tiles and ceramics are worth 93% of the national total. The Italian ceramics industry is concentrated between the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia - the Sassuolo district, with 135 companies, almost 20 thousand employees, turnover of 5.3 billion euros - and also in Faenza (Ravenna) and Imola (Bologna). 

The region is also home to the Italian companies operating in the production of machines and systems for the ceramics industry as well as in a series of related production areas, including earth moving machinery, cranes and hoisting equipment, and in the production of building material. 

Production of high quality furniture and furnishings is another excellence with larger concentration in Forlì (upholstered furniture district), Rimini and Imola.

Main specializations

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Map Emilia Romagna Housing sectors

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Map Emilia Romagna Housing sectors

Top companies

Here are some top regional brands and companies:

CERAMICS BUILDING FURNITURE PACKAGING
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Immagini top brand colonna 1, loghi: Marazzi Group, Imola Tiles full of life, Fiandre, Panaria group, Casalgrande Padana, Florim.
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Immagini top brand colonna 2: Arco lavori, GARC, cmb, Paver, Sicis, Betonrossi, Pizzarotti, Leca, CMC, Focchi, CEA-COOP.
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Immagini top brand colonna 3: Poltroneesofà, Bompani, Fontanot, Gamma, Dorelan, Visionnaire, Alpi, Prisma, Scrigno, Atlgroup, Paolo Castelli, Saib.
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Immagini top brand colonna 4: Cavazzoni Associati engineering, Mate engineering, Said ingegneria, Policreo società di progettazione srl, Open Project.

 

Innovation ecosystem

The building and construction sectors are supported by the regional innovation ecosystem that is able to create collaborations and synergies between knowledge system and business. Here are some key actors:

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Logo Clust-ER Build Edilizia e costruzioni

Clust-ER BUILD – Building and Construction

www.build.clust-er.it

Clust-ER Associations are communities of public and private bodies (research centers, companies, training institutes) created to support the competitiveness of the most important production systems in Emilia-Romagna.

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Logo rete alta tecnologia Emilia-Romagna

Regional High Technology Network

www.retealtatecnologia.it

Discover the High Technology Network industrial research offering in ‘Building and construction’

 

BUILDING AND CONTRUCTION RESULTS OF THE REGIONAL SMART SPECIALIZATION STRATEGY 2014-21 (Updated May 2021)
Funded R&D Projects

519

Million euros of total investment

230

Million euros of public funds

132

 

Main international trade fairs

CERSAIE

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Bologna, IT

TECNA

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Rimini, IT

SUN

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Rimini, IT

SAIE

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Bologna, IT

GEOFLUID

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Piacenza, IT

Key facts

Building and construction in Emilia-Romagna
Employees (2019)

264,262

Local units (2019)

98,170

Export (2021)

6.3 bln €

Import (2021)

1.7 bln €

Of national exports in clay building materials

92%

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