Since the grand consolidation of European aerospace that created Airbus and EADS, Italy's industry has stayed somewhat on the sidelines, carving its own niche under national champion Finmeccanica and working on key projects with European and US partners. In many ways, Italy has been left with the best of both worlds, achieving success in North America but also leaving the door open to collaboration with EADS and emerging players such as Russia.
In this country special, we chart some of Italian industry's successes and challenges. These include a stretched defence budget and, at times, lack of a critical mass that a major global alliance would afford. But its triumphs are many too, from a robust SME sector with an increasingly global outlook, to Piaggio's rebirth in the business aviation sector.
Source: Flight International