Piemonte: facts and figures

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Torino and Piemonte economic outlook: find out here our sectors of excellence and some curiosities regarding our territory.


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Piemonte facts and figures - Sectors of excellence


  • 728 automotive components companies
  • 33,6% of the Italian automotive components industry is in Piemonte
  • 34% of the Italian automotive components turnover is in Piemonte
  • More than 57.500 employees

Piemonte and its capital city Torino, birthplace of Fiat, now Stellantis, is a leading cluster in the global automotive & transportation sector due to the presence of national and international Key players, a complete and competitive supply chain, R&D centres, and a network of institutions, R&D centres, labs, business incubators and top universities, including a world renown engineering academy. Altogether they develop and refine innovative systems and production processes to improve transport efficiency.



  • 450 SMEs
  • 35,000 employees

In Piemonte, the aerospace sector is one of the productive and scientific excellences, confirming the regional vocation for technological innovation. Piemonte can boast a complete pipeline of skills and qualifications, high-level manufacturing, processes and service companies, cooperation with universities and the R&D network, unique products and engineering know-how, educational & training system and an organized supply chain.



  • 58,500 companies 
  • 100,000 employees

Piemonte fine wine and food tradition, appreciated all over the world, is one of the symbols of Italian excellence. Piemonte is featured by a unique offer made of many typical and wholesome products, rich in quality and variety, based on artisan or semi-artisan techniques, key players and a wide spectrum of specialties: wines and spirits, sweets and chocolates, cheeses, cured meats, rice, pasta, fruits and the prestigious white truffle, characterized by a bouquet of particularly intense perfumes. A basket of delights

Here you can find extremely high-quality local products, from famous Alba white truffle to glorious wines (17 DOCG labels and 42 DOC labels), from delicious artisan cheeses (7 PDO labels) to Piemontese cattle breed, from Piemontese hazelnuts (PGI label) to a number of varieties of rice. Moreover, Torino has brought the famous vermouth aperitivo, chocolate and coffee to such a degree that transcends local specialty status.

The traditional cuisine of Torino and Piemonte, which is one of the most diverse in Italy, attracts many connoisseurs from all over the world, listing 45 starred restaurants.

The culture of good living and the richness of the local food and beverage offer inspired great initiatives. Bra (60 km far from Torino) has been the birthplace of Slow Food, the international association promoting the culture of local food and wine, which has 70,000 members spread across more than 50 countries. While Pollenzo (close to Bra) hosts the Wine Bank and the first University of Gastronomic Sciences.


Discover the excellences from Torino, selected by Torino Chamber of Commerce.

Masters of Taste

With their passion for authenticity, territory and product quality, they will let you discover the flavors and specialties of Turin and its province.

The Masters are selected every other year by the Torino Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber's Chemical Laboratory and Slow Food.



TorinoDOC is the oenological selection set up by the Torino Chamber of Commerce Testing Commission and Chemical Laboratory, in cooperation with the Regional Enoteca of the wines of the province of Torino.


Torino Cheese

A unique project in Piemonte to discover old and new products. 23 producers for 40 cheeses all to be tasted


Cleantech & Green Building

  • 3 Universities
  • 4 company Incubators
  • 2 Innovation hubs
  • 5.100 companies

In the last decades Piemonte has diversified its economic structure moving towards strategic sectors such as sustainable mobility, energy & clean technologies, green chemistry & advanced materials. Piemonte is strongly investing in the development of a sustainable future, with the aim of meeting economic and social targets while maintaining a healthy system for citizens. Our 5,100 companies are active in the major industrial fields related to the cleantech & green building sectors: renewable energies, waste, water, green and smart building, green chemistry.



  • 4.100 companies
  • 36.000 employees

Piemonte boasts an ancient tradition in the textile sector, offering a complete production chain both for clothing and furnishing: from textile machinery and raw materials up to fabrics and finished products. Furthermore, the presence of companies operating in mechanical textile sector allows the production of a wide range of machinery and accessories for each phase of the textile production cycle: machines for the preparation of fibers, spinning, weaving and knitting, dyeing, finishing, etc., to that of the production of yarns and fabrics, up to the creation of finished products.



  • 20.554 companies
  • 71.735 employees

Torino continues to be a centre of European and international culture. A wide array of styles, forms and languages disclose the city of monuments, royal palaces, churches, spirituality, events, music, galleries, cinema and literature...Enjoy!


Discover our excellence: Revealing Torino to the world

The smallest utility car in the world

It was the Fiat 500, or “Topolino” (literally “little mouse” but also the Italian name for Mickey Mouse). In 1936 Fiat started production in the Lingotto factory of the “Topolino”, the most widely produced small car. The car was created thanks to the engineering team coordinated by Dante Giocosa and put on the market on June 15th, 1936.

The very first personal computer in the world

The first electronic desktop computer was designed and built by Giorgio Perotto Olivetti in 1964. It was called Programma101, but was better known as the "Perottina”, and in October 1965 it was presented to the BEMA show in New York where it gained a lot of attention. In 1967, Hewlett Packard paid $900,000 to Olivetti, acknowledging that it violated their patent with its 101 HP 9100. A symbolic one dollar was paid by Olivetti to Mr. Perotto as the inventor of the first personal computer in history.

The father of mp3

In 1988 an engineer from Torino, Leonardo Chiariglione, founded the ISO standards committee known as Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). He can be considered the “father” of both the MPEG, the committee for standardization in audio and video compression, and the MP3 which has become the most popular format for compressing audio files. Internationally, Leonardo Chiariglione is so well known and appreciated that in the year 2000 Time magazine included him among the 25 most influential people in the world of the Internet.

The modules for the International Space Station

On 7th February 2010, the Space Shuttle Endeavour carried two modules into orbit to complete the assembly of the non-Russian part of ISS - the International Space Station. The modules were: Node 3, called "Tranquillity", and the dome, called "Armony", that finally will allow the astronauts to look outside with a 360 degrees view. Both modules were commissioned by European Space Agency (ESA) on behalf of NASA and were designed, developed and built by Thales Alenia Space factory in Torino.

The first Italian-European Hydrogen Fuel Cell Airplane

On 20th May 2010 the first hydrogen-powered airplane in Europe, the RAPID 200-FC, completed its test flight. The plane was created within the project ENFICA-FC, funded by the European Commission under the scientific responsibility of Prof. Giulio Romeo, Department of Aeronautics and Space Engineering at the Politecnico of Torino. The plane landed after 11 minutes of flight during which it reached an altitude of 700 feet. The aircraft, which has a wingspan of 10 meters, has an all-electric propulsion system (40kW): propeller power is supplied by fuel cells exploiting gaseous hydrogen (20 kW). A second energy source, a battery pack of Lithium Polymer (20kW), is able to provide additional or alternative power during the take-off and initial climb.

The first World Design Capital

In 2005, the ICSID, The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, elected Torino as the first World Design Capital. So it was that in 2008 Torino held this title which recognized the city and the territory's crucial international role in the design sector. Design is perhaps the one feature that most characterizes the “Made in Italy” ideal, from the automotive industry to consumer products and fashion, and it is deeply rooted in Piedmont. Automotive design was born here in Torino, home to designers who have shaped the history of the automobile, such as Pininfarina, Giugiaro and Bertone. The presence of research centres, design centres, and laboratories working on models and prototypes in various production sectors is a particular strength of the industrial tradition in Piedmont and Torino. Furthermore, the city of Torino has successfully worked to shed its image as a grey industrial city to a lively and creative European city. During 2008, 340 initiatives and 137 exhibitions were held in Torino, successfully filling its role as the “beta-tester” for the new World Design Capital program.

The first individually-wrapped chocolates

The chocolate in question is the Gianduiotto, initially produced by Caffarel, the historic Torino confectionery company. Gianduiotto was presented to the public in the 1865 during a parade through the city the masked character Gianduja – from which the chocolate takes its name – distributed it to people along the streets. The origins of this sweet stem from very specific historical reasons: because of the Napoleonic blockade, the amount of cocoa arriving in Europe were reduced and prices were exorbitant, but the demand for chocolate continued to increase. Michael Prochet then decided to replace the cocoa with a product common to this territory, the hazelnut from the the Langhe district. It is known as “tonda e gentile” (round and refined), with a specific and delicate flavour. The mixture is then composed of hazelnut powder, cocoa, cocoa butter and sugar.

The longest silent movie of the early 20th century

The film is Cabiria, directed by Giovanni Pastrone and was released in 1914. The film lasted three hours and ten minutes and used 3,500 meters worth of film. It was shot in Torino's factories, along the river Dora Riparia and in the city of Lanzo. At the time this Italian film was the longest and also, by far, the most expensive film ever made, costing a million gold liras, compared with average funding for the period of fifty pounds a film.


Torino Chamber of Commerce  
Business development and internationalization department  
Via San Francesco da Paola, 24  
10123 - Torino (TO) - Italy  
E-mail: sviluppo.competitivita@to.camcom.it

19/04/2024 - 15:08

Aggiornato il: 19/04/2024 - 15:08