Mechanical engineering is the main regional cluster – spread all over the region - and supports all the other regional key sectors, especially Agrifood (e.g. agricultural machineries, food packaging); Housing (e.g. machinery for building and ceramics), Health Care (e.g. electro-medical equipment, packaging).

Main specializations

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Main specializations of Emilia Romagna

The main specializations and outstanding niches of the mechanical cluster are:

  • sports cars and motorbikes, with famous brands (e.g. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, Maserati, Dallara, Pagani, FAW) and high level suppliers (e.g.: AVL, HPE Coxa, Magneti Marelli)
  • packaging machinery/solutions (e.g. IMA, GD/Coesia, Sacmi, Marchesini, Ocme, Tetra Pak)
  • industrial automation (e.g. Bonfiglioli, Rossi, Elettric80, Sir)
  • hydraulics, turbines and pumps (e.g. Interpump)
  • machinery, equipment and gears for food industry, ceramics, constructions, wood, energy production, electromedical as well as measuring, checking and surveying instruments (e.g. Cefla, Kohler, ArgoTractors, Termal Group, Beghelli, Marposs, Metalcastello, Smeg, SCM group, GVS, Bellco)
  • aerospace has strong connections with the whole mechanical engineering and specific excellences (e.g. Curti, Poggipollini, Matecam, Beamit)
  • other excellences such as boating (e.g. Ferretti) and sport/health equipment (Technogym)


Top companies

Here are some top regional brands and companies:


Immagini top brand mechanical colonna 1: Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Kohler, Ducati, Rossi, Dallara, FAW, Pagani, BorgWarner, AVL, FEV.
Immagini loghi top brand colonna 2: IMA End of Line Solution, OCME, Coesia, Marchesini group, SACMI, TetraPak.
Immagini loghi top brand colonna 3: Curti, Cistelaier, Dallara, Mae, Poggipolini, Bercella.
Immagini loghi top brand colonna 4: Argotractors, Metalcastello, Ferretti Yachts, Smeg, Scm group, Interpump group, Cefla, Immergas, Bonfiglioli, Padana tubi, Marposs.

Innovation ecosystem 

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Clust-ER Mech – Mechatronics and Motoristics

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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Regional High Technology Network

MUNER groups together four regional universities - Bologna, Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Parma - and the motor companies that represent the best of Made in Italy in the world

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BI-REX - Big Data Innovation and Research

The Bi-Rex is a Competence Center coordinated by the University of Bologna with a group of 57 stakeholders

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Regional High Technology Network

Discover the High Technology Network industrial research offering in ‘Mechatronics and Materials’

Main international trade fairs


Bologna, IT

Key factors

Mechanical Engineering in Emilia-Romagna
Employees (2019)


Local units (2019)


Export (2021)

38,9 bln €

Import (2021)

20 bln €

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