We have identified three technological directions to guide and streamline our innovation efforts:
For many years, the concept of environmental protection has established itself as one of the guidelines for innovation processes and has acquired a fundamental importance for the sustainability of human activity on the planet. Fincantieri is committed to further increasing the level of sustainability of its contracts and reducing their carbon footprint, throughout the product life cycle. These objectives are the cornerstones of our vision and stimulate innovation, including reducing air and water emissions, improving onboard waste management, and reducing noise and vibrations. This approach requires all new technologies to be directed towards the decarbonization process and the transition to green fuels.
The digital transition is the foundation of the latest industrial revolution, currently underway, which is preparing the ground for a radical change in our business. The pervasive use of smart devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence, is already having impacts in most industries, including the design, manufacturing and construction processes in segments related to the maritime sector and other sectors in which Fincantieri operates.
The world of digitalization poses significant challenges in the development of pervasive and efficient network infrastructures, in the management of ever-increasing amounts of data, and in the extraction of value from the analysis of the data itself.
These concepts also have important repercussions on the whole value chain, from the design of new systems, to their monitoring and maintenance in the after-sales phase, as well as strong implications on cyber security aspects. Great importance is given to the modelling of possible cyber attack risks and the countermeasures to be taken both at a logical and a physical level to prevent these eventualities. These logics and models are applied to the Group’s products and infrastructures, both in the naval and in the civil segments.
Maintaining and enhancing our global competitiveness and leadership is one of our main objectives. The current technological transition sees the emergence of breakthrough solutions. Their applicability to the production processes is constantly evaluated in order to seize the best opportunities to increase Company performance.
With this in mind, we are committed to perfecting all phases of design and production in the shipyard and to studying methodologies, technical solutions and innovative materials. This process of continuous improvement is accompanied by essential training and educational activities in order to develop and update skills.
A working group dedicated to identifying the evolution of customer needs has been set up to identify and anticipate the needs of the market in which we operate. This information is used to identify the necessary technologies, the technological gap to make them operational and, consequently, the development path to follow, which will be based on real research and industrialization projects.