The challenge that Italian industry is facing is extremely tough. In recent years, industrial production has dropped significantly. The small and medium enterprises, above all, suffered. But, despite this difficult situation, many businesses — above all, in advanced manufacturing — were able to innovate in time, understanding the world economic trends, conquering new markets, moving on to complex productions and inserting themselves in global supply chains. This allowed them to survive the crisis. But, if it wants to regain its leadership position in the long-term, Italian industry must close three large structural gaps: in productivity, size and knowledge.
Marco Magnani – Il Sole 24 Ore 04.04.2015