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January 23, 2015

Dana Italia: a new research centre at the Mechatronic Hub

( Source: Mechatronic Hub )

It will directly create 20 new jobs and it will focus on the development of traction systems for off-road vehicles.

The launch of the new research centre by Dana Italia at the Mechatronic Hub

Following in the footsteps of Carl Zeiss, Ducati Energia, and Bonfiglioli Riduttori, another well-renowned multinational company has decided to invest in the Pole of Mechatronics in Rovereto. This time, the company in question is Dana Italia, which has decided to open a new international research centre in the mechatronics incubator managed by Trentino Sviluppo. With activities due to start in April, the Dana Mechatronic Technical Center will specifically address the development of advanced traction systems for off-road vehicles. Dana Italia is a subsidiary of the Dana Holding Corporation (US) and today the company employs almost 1,300 people in its four Italian facilities located in Arco, Rovereto, Montano Lucino (Como) and Crescentino (Vercelli). Furthermore, it must be noted that the company closed the financial year 2014 with a turnover of 600 million euros, thanks to its leadership in the automotive sector and the particular focus laid on advanced traction systems for off-road vehicles used for agricultural and industrial applications.

Formally, the newly opened Dana Mechatronic Technical Center will be a full-fledged company fully owned by Dana Italia. «The project - explains Rino Tarolli, president of Dana Italia - is a crucial step to allow our business to grow and to strengthen our technology and competitive leadership in the international market. In particular, it will represent a great launchpad to turn current traction systems into integrated and optimised systems of the future for the energy management of the vehicles used for off-highway applications». The centre’s activities will encompass research, experimentation, testing, and pre-industrial development actions to create systems that will combine mechanical, hydraulic, electronic, and IT components in order to provide higher energy efficiency, lower vehicle management costs, and full compliance with the new and much stricter rules on emissions.

Dana Italia decided to open its research centre in Rovereto, where it will start its activities in April, exploiting the almost 1,000 square meters put at its disposal in the units of the Pole of Mechatronics. In addition to the 2.5 million euros already allocated for the purchase of high-tech equipment and machinery, Dana Italia will invest in the Mechatronic Technical Center by hiring 20 employees and researchers, with the possibility of reaching an overall amount of 28 people in the next three years (within 2017). The agreement reached by Dana Italia with the Autonomous Province of Trento and Trentino Sviluppo stipulates also that the automotive multinational company will support a series of actions to promote the settling in the Pole of Mechatronics of its Italian and foreign suppliers or clients, in addition to targeted co-marketing and technology transfer initiatives.

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