Finmeccanica's transformation from ailing giant to one of Europe's biggest defence contractors and major player in the global helicopter and aerostructures markets has confounded sceptics who not long ago wrote off the then state-owned conglomerate as a symbol of post-war Italy's industrial ills. In this industry special we focus on the turnaround strategy of Ital's predominant aerospace player and its key businesses, such as Aermacchi, Agusta and Alenia. We also focus on independent manufacturers, from arguably the world's most stylish business aircraft maker, Piaggio, through engine specialist Avio, to niche enterprises such as Logic and Vulcanair

Source: Flight International