Italy currently has over 3 million small and medium size enterprises, and the country holds, traditionally, a comfortable trade balance. In 2013, exports reached roughly €400 billion euros.
The northern area of the country is an export powerhouse, perhaps the best of the 4 economic engines of Europe (Lombardy in Italy, Baden -Wurttemburg in Germany, Rhone-Alpes in France, and Catalonia in Spain). It boasts about €95 billion in exports annually, and has a heavy concentration on manufacturing and exports.
Though the current emphasis in Italy is on manufacturing and so called "old economy", the country is extremely innovative in applications to traditional production techniques. In the last 40 years it has been at the forefront in electronics, mechatronics and new materials.
There has been a flurry of activity in the last 20 years in biotech and nanotechnologies.
Currently, many sectors and companies, though sound, are economically undervalued, with company valuations lower than a few years ago. The high mergers and acquisitions activities in the mid -2000's is expected to return in the next few years. Private equity and private debt markets and instruments are increasing at a healthy rate also.
We expect a large increase in acquistions by foreign based companies in the next few years.
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Economics Editor of Labissa.com, an online newspaper covering many facets of northern Italy and Canton Ticino, Switzerland
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