MARBLE: The Technological District, aimed to promote innovation, training and growth of the Tuscan stone industry, is born.

wed 14 SEPTEMBER 2016
Internazionale Marmi e Macchine is the leading proponent of the network District with Geoexplorer and Cosmave.

Technological Districts in Tuscany will be 8. They were strongly supported by Regione Toscana, which opened the call for their management last spring: from the district of fashion to that of railways, from marine and port facilities to new materials, from life sciences to interior and design, from energy/green economy to marble. The various Districts will be clusters  of enterprises, research centres, laboratories, innovative start ups, companies that will pull together as a team to promote, encourage and disseminate innovation and knowledge by sharing facilities, know-how and skills. Their priority is precisely to work together for the transfer of research results to companies, with the aim of  generating innovation ‒ and, therefore, increased competitiveness of the productive chains ‒ and of developing research networks and collaboration among enterprises and research organisations.

The newborn Technological District of Marble and Ornamental Stones will be based in Carrara and managed by a network composed of Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara (leader), GeoExplorer, a start-up founded as a spinoff of the University of Siena, and Cosmave, the consortium for the development of activities in the Apuan-Versilian stone district.

The actions and activities of the District will be in line with what is described in the operational strategic plan proposed to Regione Toscana during the application stage, approved by decree on August 31, 2016. The operational  strategic plan will last three years and the three main areas of interest will be: quality and competitive repositioning, sustainability and security. The District will have to identify and implement strategies meant to stimulate and acknowledge the demand for innovation of the enterprises belonging to the District, to facilitate the access of enterprises to technological knowledge, networks  and resources at a national and international level in the fields of research and innovation, and finally to promote the sharing of equipment as well as of research, test and certification laboratories. At the date of foundation,  135 companies of the sector (involved in quarrying, processing, technology and specialised services) have joined the Marble Technological District.   There are also 5 competence centres and services, 4 research institutions and 7 industrial research and technology transfer infrastructures.Among the fundamental activities planned by the District: the organisation of business-to-business meetings to facilitate trade agreements; the organisation of Research-to-Business  meetings to bring together research and business communities; the organisation of meetings between companies and financial intermediaries in order to facilitate investment in innovative activities.“IMM has been actively working to create a network, intended to manage the District, involving all marble companies and actively working for the union, the co-operation and the exchange in favour of all the enterprises operating in Tuscany” – declares IMM President, Fabio Felici ‒ “That is why my first thanks go to Agostino Pocai, President of Cosmave, and to Professor Carmignani of the University of Siena, for the energy, the helpfulness and the spirit of collaboration with which they have carried out  with us the planning phase required to participate in the regional competition”.  “This is an opportunity not to be missed” ‒ adds Pietro Boiardi, appointed President of the Technological District by Regione Toscana ‒ “both to combine technological innovation with quarrying and processing activities, and to promote the growth of the companies in our sector, more and more strategic for the local and regional economy”.Joining the District is easy and completely free. For further details, please contact IMM writing to: imm@immcarrara.it.

IMM CarraraHead of Communications, Promotion and Marketing Dept.Laura Malavoltal.malavolta@carrarafiere.it