Agreement between Novamarine and ADSB (Abu Dhabi Ship Building)

The skills of the Olbia-based company chosen to produce boats for the Gulf countries

Novamarine, the historic nautical brand based in Olbia and owned by the SNO group, will produce boats in Abu Dhabi together with a company, ADSB (Abu Dhani Ship Building), which is part of the Edge Group PJSC, also based in the Emirates, 25 subsidiaries and a turnover of 5 billion dollars. The agreement was signed yesterday, by videoconference, by David Massey, CEO of ADSB, and Francesco Pirro, CEO of Novamarine, and also provides for the SNO group to market the new vessels in Europe and, in cooperation with ADSB, in the area of the GCC countries (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman).

In the plans of ADSB and Novamarine there is the production of RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat), inflatable boats with rigid keel, with a size between 8 and 20 meters, for both military and civil customers. Thanks to the company's expertise and Novamarine's technicians, ADSB intends to increase its product range in this way.

"We are committed to bringing innovative new products to the market. Partnering with industry leaders, such as Novamarine, allows us to anticipate and address market evolution," said David Massey of ADSB. "We are confident in our choice of partner for the GCC region. ADSB has a long and successful track record of building state-of-the-art ships and vessels," said Francesco Pirro of Novamarine-SNO Group.

B Shiver, the SNO Group company that owns the Novamarine brand, thus continues to grow. The balance sheet went from 5.7 million revenues in 2017 to 10.2 million in 2019, according to Cerved data, an increase of 79%. And the construction of the new shed in the Olbia production district of Cipnes Gallura is underway, the first step that will lead to the creation of the 20-hectare Marine Center.


At Cala Saccaia a new shipping company for goods

Here comes "Grendi", a group with a turnover of almost 60 million. Connections with Cagliari and Carrara

The port of Olbia is enriched by a new shipping company for cargo traffic with the Peninsula. It is Grendi, which has obtained from the Management Committee of the AdSP of the Sea of Sardinia the authorization to operate in the industrial port of Cocciani, in front of the headquarters of Cipnes Gallura. Grendi's ships will arrive in Olbia three times a week as an intermediate stop along the Cagliari-Marina di Carrara route. Until 2025, Olbia will be the hub in northern Sardinia of the group, which in the city has a distribution platform of 2000 square meters.

Gallura companies will therefore have a new important business partner for the sale and purchase of goods outside the island and the whole of Gallura enters a relevant market: the total amount of goods in the three ports was 35.4 million tons in 2020 (5.5 million in Olbia, according to Assoporti data).

Grendi is an entrepreneurial group on the rise. Controlled by the Musso-Casalone family, it has two operating companies - M.A Grendi Dal 1828 Spa and Grendi Trasporti Spa - with revenues of 57.6 million euros in 2019, the latest data available from Cerved. Turnover is growing steadily. Between 2017 and 2019, Grendi Trasporti Marittimi's revenues increased from 22.5 million to 30.5 million (+35.5%) and those of M.A Grendi Dal 1828 increased from 18.4 million to 24.2 million (+13.5%).

In 2020, the Grendi Group handled 145 thousand containers and traffic between Cagliari and Marina di Carrara increased by 17% compared to 2019. Grendi Group has been a sponsor of Olbia calcio, a team engaged in Serie C, for years.


At Cala Saccaia a new shipyard for 50 meters yachts

Work underway by Valdettaro Group. "Olbia will be an environmentally sustainable hub."

This corner of the Cipnes production district facing west, from which one can admire the Limbara in the distance and the rows of mussels a few hundred meters away, was indicated on military maps as Scala delle draghe. Today a new shipyard is being built here, whose name, Cala Saccaia Industries srl, will soon be replaced by another, probably Valdettaro Group Sardegna or Valdettaro Sardegna. Each era stamps its mark on the maps.

"The name is important to give value to two things: Sardinia, the most beautiful and cleanest island in the world; and Valdettaro, the historic company that gives new life to old boats," says Ugo Vanelo.

Vanelo, born in 1973, is an entrepreneur in the nautical sector, one of the new investors in the Cipnes district, but he also has a personal history that is closely linked to Sardinia and, in particular, to Gallura. His father, Giorgio, is a granite entrepreneur and from the seventies to the nineties he used to come to Olbia to buy blocks to be processed in Carrara, in one of the largest factories in the world. Ugo is a founding member of One Ocean, the foundation founded by Prince Karim Aga Khan's Yacht Club Costa Smeralda to help save seas and oceans.

"For me, investments have to be twice as feasible: economically, of course, but also environmentally," he explains. Theirs is another story of economic reconversion, from granite to boats, declined toward sustainability.

"I've always loved the sea, sailing - explains Ugo Vanelo, inside the shipyard in Cala Saccaia - . In 1988 I became world sailing champion in the optimist class in La Rochelle, France. In 1994, in La Spezia, a shipyard was in crisis. My father was contacted to relaunch it. He told me about it. I was 21 years old and had some savings from sailing: I decided to invest them in that project. We bought it and converted it into a boatyard, Marina di Fezzano, the first floating green port in Italy. That's how my entrepreneurial journey began".

Then, for Ugo Vanelo, came the opportunity to take control of Cantiere Valdettaro, founded in 1907 and specialized in the recovery of large yachts. Under the skilful hands of his technicians, Eisenhower's Williamsburg, the King of Spain's Orion, Stefano Casiraghi and Caroline of Monaco's Pacha III and Marshal Tito's Istranka, which he admired last summer on the Costa Smeralda, have all shone once again. The orders are many even today. At the moment, the shipyard is restoring the Vera Mary, a 22-metre schooner from 1932 that once belonged to King George V of England.

The La Spezia shipyard has limited space to meet demand, so Ugo Valero decided to open a new one. "When we decided to purchase a new piece of land, we asked ourselves: where? The answer was easy and spontaneous: in Sardinia! Here where everything began with my father, here where we find the best in the world - says Vanelo - Nature, beauty, quality services, high professionalism. We found in CIPNES an exceptional interlocutor, a real center of investment attraction and promotion of the territory. And we took the land of Cala Saccaia. Today we have 5 hectares and we are building a warehouse of 14,000 square meters. We have a 200-meter dock and a 720-ton travel lift. We will be able to accommodate 50/60 meter boats. We are also building rooms and accommodations for captains and crews. We are also thinking of a chiringuito to enjoy the beauty of the sunset". The investment is about 10 million euros. The employees will be about fifty.

A place of work, but also a green space, ecologically sustainable. "The docks will be sand colored, Cala Saccaia colored - explains Vanelo - The shed will be covered with the classic Sardinian stone. There will be a lot of green, a relaxation area from which we will leave with electric bikes to go to the beach of Pittulongu. The environment, for me, is a strategic resource. At this time, for the work, on the seabed we have installed a pierced tube, with air inside: it creates a part of air that does not allow the escape of mud. We have two buoys, with probes, which day and night record any environmental anomalies."

At Cala Saccaia, work is proceeding apace. All the companies and suppliers are Sardinian. We're happy about that," says Vanelo, "Sardinia has the professionalism for boating. It's not like it was ten years ago. We want to train other professionals. Those who have good manual skills and good will know how to work. We've started a dialogue with UniOlbia to create training courses to provide highly qualified figures. As for Cipnes, we are finding far-sighted public administrators. This makes the difference with other areas. The Costa Smeralda is the main destination for maxi yachts and we have to provide high-level facilities and professionals".

For Vanelo, investors must be supported if their projects are sustainable both economically and environmentally. But at the same time, investors should not be afraid of competition," he says. "In La Spezia, I was the first to invest in the sector. Today La Spezia has become a nautical center with many companies. Have I lost out? No! I have more work than before!". For him, it is essential to make Olbia a destination for large yachts. "Yachts are businesses, they create a widespread economy," he explains. "Let's take 10 50-metre yachts. Each yacht has 10 crew members. Let's say they come here to Olbia for storage. It means that 100 people, with high salaries, spend the winter here, asking for services, pastimes. They spend a lot, in several sectors. The sea is a resource to be defended and enhanced and this is one of the ways, always acting with respect."

Vanelo participated in the establishment of the One Ocean Foundation. He was approached by the Yacht Club specifically because of its green business culture. "I am a member of many environmental associations and I created a school in Lerici, with projects related to all sea activities, not just sailing: first of all, environmental education," he says. And he is also tied to the Costa Smeralda for his style, for his ambition to do things well. "For me, when I do something, I like to look at it and say, 'How beautiful!' The Costa Smeralda is the premier destination for maxi yachts and we have to provide top-notch facilities and professionals. All together. I believe in it!"

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A 20-hectare centre for the shipbuilding industry

SNO's projects in the Cipnes areas: "When fully operational, there will be 500 jobs"

On the square, dozens of boats side by side, well supported on solid trestles, their keels polished after months in the water. Everywhere, carpenters, motorists, mechanics, woodworkers; they all give the idea of knowing exactly what they have to do. Some of them speak in English, they are members of the crew of a large yacht. The waves crash on the piers, the taste of the sea occupies all the spaces.

We are in Olbia, in the SNO shipyard in Cala Saccaia, in the Cipnes Gallura production district, but there is an international air around us. Because the nautical industry, by its very nature, has no boundaries, it is globalised; it is made up of centuries of discoveries, exchanges and progress. Here, on 20 hectares, a great pole will be born. It has been made possible thanks to the strategic choices of the CIPNES, but the initiative is private and the idea came from the Pirro brothers, owners of SNO (Sarda Nautica Olbia), just after seeing what happens on the other side of the Atlantic, in Florida.

"The Marine Center was born in our heads after our visit to Fort Lauderdale (near Miami), the American boating district, the most important in the world - explains Francesco Pirro - Now we want to reproduce that model in Olbia, thanks also to the very important agreement with the historic brand Magnum Marine in Miami". So this is where we start to tell the story of the nautical district of Cipnes - a sector that has 61 companies, 11% of the total, with almost 400 employees - and the wider Gallura area, the first in Sardinia for the number of marinas.

The first piece of this great project on shipbuilding was the redevelopment of the area where the Palmera stood, the former tuna factory founded in 1963, the year in which the Nucleus of Industrialization of Olbia was established. For CIPNES, that reconversion was a priority. The objective was twofold. The first was to transform that industrial space to make it productive again, avoiding the dispersion of a historical heritage. The second was to recover it both in terms of landscape and urban planning to unite it with the city of Olbia, of which the Cipnes district is becoming the Business District.

Cipnes' intuition and will have been rewarded: SNO has acquired the Su Arrasolu area and developed the Marine Center project, already approved by the Municipality and the Superintendency and awaiting authorization from the sea. Work has already begun and soon, in the place of the old Palmera warehouses, there will be 20 to 30 berths for large yachts, with 5-6 berths in the dry dock for maxi yachts. The scent of tuna has not disappeared, however: it continues to be emanated by Generale Conserve, the company that owns the As do Mar brand, the industry born in place of Palmera, another success story.

The second piece of industrial design for the nautical sector was the agreement between SNO and Marine Magnun, an iconic luxury yacht manufacturer founded in Miami, a deal that was also covered by the international press, with a nice return of image for Olbia and Sardinia. "We have been chosen by Magnum Marine as a partner and this is a great pride for us, a great satisfaction - says Francesco Pirro -. We have been working with them since 1990 and we overcame the competition of many Italian competitors, the best in the world. This is an extraordinary goal for SNO and also for Olbia".

In the new Marine Center, Sno will market Magnum Marine yachts produced in Miami throughout Europe, but will also customize them, following the specific indications of its clients, some of whom are among the leading international investors. Among the owners of Magnum Marine yachts there are in fact King Juan Carlos of Spain, the King of Sweden, the Emir of Bahrain, the royals of Qatar, the Sultan of Brunei, the Onassis, Agnelli and Berlusconi families.

But the great nautical pole will not only be Magnum Marine. It will be composed of the SNO shipyards for assistance and sales and the Novamarine shipyards, and this too is a winning story of industrial reconversion within the Cipnes areas. "We believed in Novamarine and we are satisfied that we did - explains Francesco Pirro - With our company B Shiver we have invested 10 million euros in Olbia and we are getting important results. We plan to build 40 boats in 2021, with 60 direct and at least 50 indirect employees, but at full capacity, in the new plant under construction, we will produce a hundred boats per year, with another 30-40 employees, for a total of 150 workers. We are also happy that the entire production process, from design to construction, takes place in Olbia, with Sardinian employees. We have built a technical office with 8 employees, many of whom have returned to Sardinia from abroad".

Novamarine is another historic brand born in the early years of the Olbia Industrialisation Nucleus and now saved by SNO's entrepreneurial choices. It produces traditional boats from 8 to 12 meters; professional boats and pleasure boats, from 8 to 26 meters. Among the customers of the professional boats are the armed forces of Italy, Qatar, United Arab Emirates. Among the pleasure boats, investors from the USA, Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy.

SNO, SNO Marine Center, Novamarine: 20 hectares for boating, a strategic pole for Cipnes, for Olbia, for Sardinia and for Italy with a great economic and employment impact. Currently the direct and indirect employees of the SNO group number 240, but with Marine Center they will double that number. 500 jobs in Olbia in a sector, the nautical one, in which Italy is a world leader. According to the Global Order Book 2021, Italy has almost 50% of the yachts over 24 meters in delivery this year and is - with its 407 projects of which 101 by Azimut-Benetti and 87 by Sanlorenzo - in first place in the world.

"The nautical tradition in Olbia is in its first generation, in some cases even its second," Pirro explains. "That's why we want to invest in staff training. We are making agreements, in view of the Marine Center, to bring technicians from the main companies in the sector to Olbia. We want mechanics, electricians, carpenters, motorists and carpenters with a very high level of specialization to pass on their craftsmanship to our young people from Olbia and Sardinia. By combining investments and providing professionals of absolute value, we will be able to make Olbia one of the most important nautical districts in the Mediterranean, with significant repercussions on the territory and on several sectors.

Maxi yachts are companies. They create work and economy. Gallura is one of their natural destinations. In the summer of 2019 in Costa Smeralda there were yachts worth $4 billion and whose owners had assets of $273 billion. But the other big economy is storage. "The running costs of maxi yachts (crews, maintenance, berths) is around 3-4 million a year, roughly 10% of their individual value," Pirro explains. In a week, owners can spend 10 thousand euros just for the galley. It's money that enters the economy of Olbia and Gallura, which gives work to dozens of professionals, workers and entrepreneurs". Thanks to those technicians who speak in English in the SNO yard and who, once their work is done, leave the Cipnes Business District to go to Olbia, downtown, to spend.


Incentives for company digitalization

A measure dedicated to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Cipnes Agency at work

The digital transformation of companies, or rather the use of advanced technologies for the production of goods and services and for the organization of work, is the great challenge that all entrepreneurs must face and win. Particularly those who have companies with fewer than 250 employees and who represent the productive fabric of Italy and - also - of Gallura and the Cipnes district.

In order to help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in this path towards the future of the economy, the State has established "Digital Transformation", an incentive that favors the technological and digital transformation of production processes. The Territorial Development Agency of Cipnes Gallura is available to entrepreneurs, in the Olbia office, to provide them with further information details essential to evaluate together the possibility of accessing the opportunities of the incentive. Applications must be submitted to Invitalia.

How many resources. Established by the Growth Decree, promoted by the Ministry of Economic Development and precisely managed by Invitalia, "Digital Transformation" has a budget of 100 million euros, of which 20 million euros for the granting of non-repayable grants and 80 million euros for the granting of subsidized loans. 25% of the resources are reserved for projects proposed by micro and small enterprises. These are the majority of those established in the Cipnes district: 399 micro enterprises and 110 small ones out of a total of 537. "This choice testifies to the special attention of the Impresa 4.0 National Plan towards the real structure of our territorial productive fabric that can and must equip itself with the necessary tools to seize all the opportunities and benefits of digitization."

Who can obtain the facilitation. They can join the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises both individually and in aggregate form (maximum number of 10 companies) that operate mainly in manufacturing, business support services to manufacturing, tourism and trade (here the decree where you can check the Ateco codes eligible for funding). In the case of joint project proposals, the collaborative network must include a Digital Innovation Hub or a Digital Ecosystem for Innovation (organized network of poles of competence to support business innovation in Enterprise 4.0).

Spending limits. Projects must include an expenditure program of no less than 50,000 euros and no more than 500,000 euros. Can be funded investment projects or proposals for innovation of production processes and organization with the implementation of the following technologies:

  • enabling technologies identified by the national Impresa 4.0 Plan;
  • technologies related to digital technological solutions of the supply chain (e.g. digital platforms and applications for the management and coordination of logistics with high characteristics of integration of the various service activities, other technologies such as e-commerce systems, mobile and internet payment systems, electronic systems for data exchange (electronic data interchange-EDI), geolocation, technologies for the in-store customer experience, system integration applied to process automation, blockchain, artificial intelligence, internet of things);

In the case of investment projects aimed at the technological and digital transformation of production processes, the expenses eligible for assistance are as follows:

  1. plant, machinery and technical-scientific and/or technologically advanced equipment;
  2. intangible assets (licenses, patents, know-how);
  3. costs for specialized consulting services strictly necessary for the realization of the project (up to a maximum of 10% of the total eligible expenditure);
  4. costs for services rendered to beneficiary SMEs by the lead promoter in the case of joint projects (maximum 2% of the total eligible expenditure);

In the case of process and/or organizational innovation projects, on the other hand, expenses relating to the following list are eligible for subsidy:

  1. employees and/or collaborators of the proposing party to the extent and for the period in which they are employed in the activities envisaged by the project;
  2. tools and equipment to the extent and for the period in which they are used for the project;
  3. consulting services and any other services necessary for the implementation of the project, including the licensing of research results, patents and know-how;
  4. general expenses and operating costs to the extent and for the period in which they are directly attributable to the project;

The facilities are granted on the basis of a nominal percentage of costs and eligible expenses equal to 50%, divided into 10% in the form of contribution (capital in the case of investment projects, and direct contribution to expenditure in the case of projects of process and / or organizational innovation) and 40% in the form of subsidized financing.


American yachts in the new Sno Marine Center

In the Cipnes district, a large production center is being created to replace the former Palmera

The American company Magnum Marine, based in Florida, has chosen Olbia for the marketing of its luxury yachts in Europe; the city will also be the site of the interiors production. "It is with great pleasure that I announce the agreement with SNO Marine Center, based in Sardinia," wrote Katrin Theodoli, owner of the shipyard, in a press release issued on February 9.

SNO Marine Center is a large nautical area that the company Sno Service srl, one of Italy's leading companies in the sector and with its operational headquarters in Olbia, will build in the former Palmera plant, in the Olbia production district. Sno has already obtained all the authorizations for the industrial, landscape and environmental conversion project, which fits perfectly into the strategic vision of Cipnes Gallura, which has played the role of facilitator of this important industrial investment. The Municipality of Olbia granted the demolition of the former tuna factory in October 2020 and in the same month also gave the green light to the construction of the nautical complex. The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage has expressed a favorable opinion on the project because it is "compatible for articulation, heights and volumes with the characteristics of the protected context" and because it provides for the "preservation of the facing stretch of coastline".

SNO Marine Center will be built on an area given by Cipnes; it will cover a total of 10 hectares and in the sheds there will be the production of Novamarine yachts. The objectives that will be achieved are four. First, there will be an environmental recovery of the area, built by Palmera in 1963 with materials that are no longer compatible. Second: there will be an improvement of the landscape aspect of the area, called Su Arrasolu, with constructions of excellent workmanship. Third: there will be a great industrial reconversion, the passage from the production of tuna to that of luxury yachts, which will strengthen the productive district of Olbia and the attractiveness of Destination Gallura. Fourth: the Cipnes area is increasingly consolidating its position as a leader in the nautical sector in Italy and the Mediterranean basin.

"The first Magnum Marine model to be imported by SNO Marine Center will be the new Magnum 47.5' outboard, which should be available by late summer 2021," wrote Katrin Theodoli. "All Magnum boats are built by Magnum Marine in Aventura, Florida, and any previous announcement that Magnum boats will be built outside the United States is incorrect. However, Thedoli points out that "European customers can order their Magnum boat with numerous options and various layouts and can also choose to have those interiors built and installed in Italy, as has always been the case in years past. SNO Marine Center will assist Magnum customers with all their specific needs."

Work has begun on the construction of the photovoltaic track

It will produce clean energy and consolidate the transformation of the district of Cipnes

Work has begun on the construction of the bicycle, running and photovoltaic track in the Olbia production district of Cipnes Gallura. The Cipnes president Mario Gattu, the Cipnes director Aldo Carta, the mayor of Olbia Settimo Nizzi and the sub commissioner of the province of Olbia-Tempio Pietro Carzedda cut the ribbon of the work, which will be completed on September 24, 2021.

MISSION. The runway is part of the strategic projects of Cipnes and has multiple purposes. The intervention wants to consolidate the energy transition towards renewable sources wanted by the European Union, helping to reduce C02 emissions. From the economic point of view, the production of electricity will serve the Cipnes to decrease the energy bill of its facilities, with the aim of providing it in the future also to companies. Another objective is to recover the productive district from an urban and landscape point of view, with a work of high aesthetic value that consolidates the transformation of the industrial area into the "Business District" of Olbia and Gallura or Business Park. Last but not least, there is the social aspect: the track wants to promote the psychophysical well-being of people, providing the community with a safe and sustainable infrastructure in which to practice sports.

TECHNICAL DATA. The track is 3667 meters long (3.7 kilometers) and 4 meters wide. It consists of 2 bicycle lanes of 1.30 meters, 1 pedestrian lane of 0.90 meters, 1 dock of 0.50 meters. The track starts in via Indonesia and ends, together with that of the Municipality of Olbia, in via Eritrea, in the locality of Pozzo Sacro. The photovoltaic system is composed of a canopy that covers the route of the track.

There are three photovoltaic plants with 7296 panels of 270W each and they are located in the potabilizer, in the purifier and in the Cipnes headquarters. The total area of the panels is 18,000 square meters. The total power of the plants is 1969.92 kW (2 MWp). This means that 2,500,000 kWh of green energy will be produced per year. The production is also determined by the sunny days of Olbia: the annual average values of the irradiation in the city are 5.589.10 mj/sqm.

FINANCING. The Cipnes' cycle and running track has been financed by the Jessica Fund of the European Union and the European Investment Bank whose mission is to promote sustainable urban development and urban regeneration. Thanks to its innovative project, the Cipnes has obtained 5 million euros with a twenty-year zero-interest loan that will be repaid precisely with the production of clean electricity from the track.

Here the technical details of the intervention:

Project descriptive report

Preliminary environmental study

Procedural status

Single Authorization

Application for Single Authorization

Single authorization procedure

European funding agreement JESSICA




A shipyard relocates its production from Florida to Gallura

It is Magnum Marine, specialized in luxury yachts. Clients include the Agnelli family and Qatar

The new luxury yachts of Magnum Marine, iconic company based in Miami, Florida, will be produced in Gallura. The anticipation comes from the international press and soon the official announcement should come. Magnum Marine was founded in 1966 by Dan Aronow, a brilliant designer, industrialist and sportsman; ten years later the property passed into Italian hands, to the Theodoli family.

Magnum Marine is a shipyard specialized in the construction of open yachts, with a great seaworthiness and high speed. The boats are custom-made. It means that each yacht produced is unique, designed according to the requests of the buyer, and will never have a copy or a production series.

Magnum Marine's long-standing clients include King Juan Carlos of Spain, the King of Sweden, the Emir of Bahrain, Qatari royalty, the Sultan of Brunei, and the Onassis, Agnelli and Berlusconi families. It is also a supplier to the U.S. Navy. The yachts gained popularity for being used in the first series of Miami Vice.

According to press reports, part of the production will be relocated from the U.S. to Gallura and outsourced to a leading boatyard.


The (R)esisto Fund, grants for companies and self-employed workers

Here comes the support of the Region for the loss of turnover caused by Covid. The help of the Agency

The Region of Sardinia has approved the terms of access to the (R)esisto Fund, which provides direct grants to businesses and self-employed workers in Sardinia who have suffered a loss of turnover due to Covid-19. The Fund, established by Regional Law number 22 of 2020, provides support for three categories: micro, small and medium-sized enterprises; workers with a VAT number; large enterprises. The application for aid must be submitted from February 8 to February 22, 2021. The Agency of Cipnes, in Olbia, is available to entrepreneurs to provide support and information on technical and regulatory aspects of the Fund.

Micro, small and medium enterprises. The beneficiaries are micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, with at least one employee, which in the period between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 have suffered a loss of at least 30% of turnover compared to the same period of the year 2019 and have maintained at least 40% of employees and staff in service compared to the same period of the year 2019 in terms of Annual Work Units (AWU). Grants will be awarded on the basis of the annual labor cost, as reflected in the 2020 Single Certification, for 30% of the annual labor cost in the case of micro enterprises, 20% in the case of small enterprises, and 15% in the case of medium-sized enterprises. In all cases the aid granted cannot exceed the amount of 500,000 euros per individual company.

Target sectors. Companies that may apply for subsidies must operate in the following production sectors: agri-food sector, craft, tourist and cultural industry; knowledge sector, technological innovation, mechatronics and artificial intelligence; traditional chemical industry sector and non-ferrous metallurgy; construction sector for the implementation of a plan for public infrastructure and maintenance as well as for energy, aesthetic and functional upgrading of public and private real estate, transport sector.

Self-employed workers and professionals. Eligible for grants are workers with VAT registration number resident in Sardinia and owners of companies without employees with operational headquarters in Sardinia. The subsidy corresponds to 30% of annual taxable income, and in any case does not exceed 30% of the maximum amount of the 1st income bracket.

Large tourism enterprises. Large enterprises operating in the tourism sector are entitled to the subsidies, for which the contribution is admitted up to 60% of the gross monthly salary of the beneficiary personnel or in force at the enterprise on March 11, 2020. The wage payment subsidy is granted for a period not to exceed twelve months from March 1, 2020 for employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the suspension or reduction of business operations due to Covid-19 and provided that the benefiting personnel continue to perform work on a continuous basis throughout the period for which aid is granted. The aid is granted up to an amount of 1 million per individual company.



Sardinian companies focus on web and social for the post-Covid era

Istat survey on business behavior, in 2021 the use of digital technology will increase

The Istat Institute is periodically analyzing the impact of Covid-19 on the manufacturing system and is rapidly producing reports. The latest one covers a time period between October and November 2020, and provides very valuable insight regarding the 2021 outlook for companies. Cipnes consulted the dossiers and produced this analysis on the digital use of Sardinian companies compared to the national average. The behavior of Sardinian companies is substantially in line with the national one during the emergency. However, with respect to the projects for 2021, Sardinian entrepreneurs intend to focus on web and social media more decisively than their colleagues in the Peninsula. They will open a website 8% of them (against the Italian average of 45) and social channels 6% (against 4%). Let's see the report in detail.

Internet connection through fiber optic ultra-wideband. Already present before the emergency: 10,582 Sardinian companies equal to 45% (national average of 45.5%). Improved following the emergency: 632 companies equal to 2.7% (national average of 4%). Introduced following the emergency: 350 companies equal to 1.5% (national average 1.5%). Planned for next year: 2262 companies equal to 9.6% (national average 6.5%). Not planned: 8736 companies equal to 36% (national average 41%).

Company website. Already present before the emergency: 8662 companies in Sardinia equal to 36.8% (national average 40.1%). Improved following the emergency: 885 companies equal to 3.8% (national average 6.5%). Introduced following the emergency: 442 companies equal to 1.9% (national average 1.4%). Expected in the coming year: 1980 equal to 8.4% (national average 4.3)%. Not expected: 10597 companies equal to 45% (national average 46%).

Presence on social channels. Already present before the emergency: 5930 companies in Sardinia equal to 25.2% (national average 21.8%). Improved following the emergency: 2020 companies equal to 8.6% (national average 9.2%). Introduced as a result of the emergency: 735 companies equivalent to 3.1% (national average 3.3). Planned for next year: 1488 companies equivalent to 6.3% (national average 4.3%). Not planned: 12391 companies or 52.7% (national average 59.7%).

Infrastructure and hardware for remote work (cloud). Already present before the emergency: 1987 Sardinian companies equal to 8.4% (national average 9.6%). Improved following the emergency: 1124 companies equal to 4.8% (national average of 7.9%). Introduced following the emergency: 850 companies equal to 3.6% (national average 5.8). Expected in the coming year: 1363 companies equal to 5.8% (national average 3.4%). Not planned: 17241 companies equal to 73.3% (national average 71.6%).

Smartworking equipment. Already present before the emergency: 2101 companies in Sardinia equal to 8.9% (national average 10.1%). Improved following the emergency: 1350 companies equal to 5.7% (national average 7.1%). Introduced following the emergency: 889 companies equivalent to 3.8% (national average 6.2%). Expected in the coming year: 1497 companies equal to 6.4% (national average 4.6%). Not planned: 16728 companies, equal to 71.1% (national average 70%).

Direct sales through their own website (e-commerce). Already present before the emergency: 2408 Sardinian companies equal to 10.2% (national average of 9%). Improved following the emergency: 518 companies equal to 2.2% (national average of 2.5%). Introduced following the emergency: 302 companies equivalent to 1.3% (national average 1.4%). Expected in the coming year: 1475 companies equivalent to 6.3% (national average 4.2%). Not expected: 17862 companies or 75.9% (national average 81.2%).

Sales through direct communications (email, Facebook, Instagram). Already present before the emergency: 3744 companies in Sardinia equal to 16% (national average 15.4%). Improved following the emergency: 1304 companies equal to 5.5% (national average of 6%). Introduced following the emergency: 769 companies equal to 3.3% (national average 3%). Expected in the coming year: 1192 companies equal to 5.1% (national average 3%). Not planned: 15526 companies equal to 66% (national average 70.9%).

Sales through digital platforms (Amazon, Ebay). Already present before the emergency: 852 companies in Sardinia equal to 3.6% (national average 2.7%). Improved following the emergency: 175 companies equal to 0.7% (national average 1%). Introduced as a result of the emergency: 202 companies equivalent to 0.9% (national average 0.8%). Expected in the coming year: 562 companies equivalent to 2.4% (national average 2%). Not expected: 20774 companies equal to 88.3% (national average 91.9%).

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