Lombardy / Italy
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The Lombardy region is one of Italy’s 21 regions, with a population of 9,650,000 (2006) inhabitants and an area of 23,861 sq km. (7.9% of Italy). Its capital city is Milan. Lombardy has its own constitution, on which Lombardy`s “Consiglio regionale” and Executive Government are based. The region has 12 provinces and 1,546 municipalities. Lombardy’s GDP is EUR 305.5 m (2006), corresponding to 22.2% of Italy’s total GDP. Lombardy is Italy’s leading region in terms of innovation and is well situated with respect to the international market:
- Investment in R&D amounts to 1.27% of the regional GDP
- It is home to 12 universities, several research centres and the highest number of lecturers and researchers in Italy, amounting to approximately 7,500 people
- Of Lombardy’s investments in R&D, 74% come from private enterprises
- Of the patents filed by Italians with the European Patent Office over the last 10 years, 40% have come from Lombard entities.
Founded in Milan in 1989, the Navigate Consortium promotes and manages new aerospace initiatives and applications (including navigation innovation). It has also served as the Lombardy region’s coordinator for the European Satellite Navigation Competition since 2007.
Aerospace is Navigate Consortium’s main area of business, where it participates in important initiatives occurring at local, national, European, and international levels.
In 2001, Regione Lombardia formally commissioned the Navigate Consortium to promote regional aerospace initiatives for northern Italy.
Navigate Consortium’s partner companies include Intecs Sistemi, Euroways, ITS, Altran Italia, Telespazio, and Thales Alenia Space Italia, with further Italian space organisations potentially on the way.