Car design sector has strong roots in Italy, with a district that took its first steps through the Artisan Bodyshop’s of the second part of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century (Download the list of Bodyshop’s), but which, over the following decades, expanded its range of competences beyond merely limiting it to styling and vehicle conversion solutions. Today's companies present innovative solutions in the field of mobility in general, for example with regard to optimised management of the vehicle's passenger compartment and the future services it can offer (visit the link to learn more). The Italian area of car design & engineering has historical roots primarily in Piedmont and Lombardy but also boasts highly skilled companies in other regions, including Emilia Romagna and Lazio (visit the link to learn more). It is a unique example, on a global level in terms of territorial concentration, of the extensive know-how related to the world of cars, from their design, starting with the blank sheet of paper to the production of the finished product. The values at the heart of this success range from creativity, flexibility and an all-Italian passion for arts and design. The ability to transform innovative ideas into practical applications and excellence ranging from craftsmanship to high-tech are just some of the values that make up a historic heritage made up of tradition. Looking at the Design sector in general and not just car design, Italy is second in Europe in terms of turnover, with 29,000 companies directly involved and 50,000 employees (a fifth of the European total). One in five designers in Europe is Italian! When it comes to creativity, Italy is second in Europe in terms of registered patents and has 89 establishments specialising in the training of professional designers. The competitive advantage of Italy as a whole in the design sector is certainly linked to its importance in the training system itself, to the presence of companies able to attract young talented people thanks to their high levels of technology and efficiency and to a strong manufacturing tradition. Moreover, it is also linked to the existence of specialised sectors that maintain production activities linked to the country.
In favour of its member companies and the sector itself, ANFIA organises events aimed at highlighting style and design skills in this field. Collective groups at a number of trade fairs, seminars highlighting the skills of Italian know-how, and business trips abroad are just some of the practical examples of initiatives in favour of our sector, in which our members play a leading role.