Since 2008, the economic crisis has caused havoc throughout Europe. The first timid signs of recovery were seen at the beginning of 2015, but the situation in the factories has been frozen for six years. Companies were forced to develop new ideas and strategies in order to stay afloat. One of these came to light in Villarbasse, from Franco Gai, one of the owners of Gai Giacomo, a company specialized in the production of precision metal parts. He tells us, “In July 2014, within the ambit Expandere, an initiative promoted by CDO Piemonte for entrepreneurs and professionals to meet with the objective of exchanging know-how and opportunities, we started to think about how it would be a good idea to work as a team to be more competitive in the marketplace”. The outcome was the Tavolo della Meccanica Piemonte.
The group was initially composed of a dozen companies and Compagnia delle Opere provided organizational support, such as its Turin office for holding meetings, for example. The basis of comparison was – and is – the industrial enterprises of Europe, in particular the German ones. Franco Gai points out, “We have understood that the ‘small is beautiful’ scheme, which has long distinguished Italian entrepreneurship, no longer works today. If you do not unite, there is increasingly less possibility of finding work and being inserted in ‘virtuous’ circuits. Those who travel abroad immediately notice the difference to Italy. In the industrial areas of any town in Germany, the smallest companies have at least a hundred employees”.
To overcome this gap, the solution is to join forces, overcoming distrust and envy. For example, by being present together at exhibitions of world-wide importance, such as Hannover Messe dedicated to industrial technologies (which welcomes 220 thousand visitors in five days), cutting the costs and increasing the capacity of attracting customers, with more products to offer and a greater production capacity. Or by sharing training initiatives, hosting experts who explain the most innovative company organization models. And even by creating specific synergies on large jobs, because if the reply to a request for proposal that is difficult to meet was once “I’m sorry, but I cannot”, now you try to get the order all the same by partnering with other companies.
Today, approximately thirty companies participate in Tavolo della Meccanica Piemonte, many from the Province of Turin, including a substantial group from the western outskirts of Turin (Rivoli, Grugliasco, Rivalta and Villarbasse) and others other is the Asti, Alessandria and Cuneo areas. It is easy to join: no financial contribution is required, just the will to bring concrete ideas and suggestions to strengthen the competitive edge of our companies.