In 2020 the population of Gallura increases

Despite the lockdwon, the migration rate is positive. Olbia confirms its attractiveness

The Gallura population, especially in Lower Gallura, has also grown in 2020. According to the personal data of the municipalities, between January and November in Olbia there were 304 more residents and in Arzachena, the second center of Gallura, 54 more residents. Tempio, which is the third largest city in the northeast, has instead had a decrease: 134 fewer residents.

In Olbia there are 61,657 residents to date, in Arzachena 13,891, in Tempio13,675.

The growth of both Olbia and Arzachena was determined more than by the natural balance between births and deaths, which is negative, by the migratory balance, which is instead positive. In Olbia 918 residents emigrated but there were 1271 immigrants, with a positive balance of 353 residents; the natural balance, with 357 births and 386 deaths, was negative for 29 residents.

In Arzachena, the balance between births (67) and deaths (76) was negative (-9), but the migratory balance was positive: 213 emigrants, 276 immigrants for 63 more residents.

The increase in population, largely determined by the migratory flow, is a sign of confidence in an overall difficult moment for Sardinia. Despite the pandemic and the lockdown, Olbia and Arzachena (and Lower Gallura in general) have been confirmed as areas with a strong attraction for entrepreneurs and workers from other parts of Sardinia and Italy. Among the attractive elements, for those who choose to invest and live in Gallura, the good environmental quality and the resilience of the production system, with the north-east that has marked, in the first half of 2020, a strong increase in new businesses.

 between open and closed companies
In the first half of 2020 growth rate above the national average

The Gallura entrepreneurial liveliness has resisted even in the first six months of 2020, characterized by the lockdown and the slow recovery of productive activities. The balance between registered (595) and cancelled (452) companies is in fact positive: + 143. The growth rate, + 0.65%, is clearly higher than both the regional average (+0.06%), and that of the province of Sassari without the municipalities of Gallura (+0.25%), and the national one, which registers the negative sign (-0.17%). The data are contained in the publication of the Chamber of Commerce of Sassari entitled "Rapporto Imprese Nord Sardegna. First half 2020".

The productive fabric of the northeast - which includes the 26 municipalities of the old province of Olbia-Tempio - therefore shows signs of great resistance and, with its performance, contributes in an extraordinary way to the positive balance between companies born and closed throughout Sardinia. Province of Sassari aside, all the other Chambers of Commerce register fewer companies: the growth rate of Nuoro is negative (-0.01%), like those of Cagliari (-0.10%) and Oristano (-0.34%).

From the point of view of sectors, the Report of the Chamber of Commerce does not distinguish the territories of Sassarese and Gallura but analyzes overall the performance of active companies.In the first half of the year, in Northern Sardinia, the services (+1.8%), tourism (+0.8%), construction (+0.75), agriculture (+0.3%) have increased and trade (-0.8%) and industry (-0.2%) have decreased.

Manufacturing activities are those that have suffered the greatest decline compared to the first half of 2019: -1.2%, going from 9,989 to 9,874. Specifically, the divisions most affected were those of products derived from the manufacture of oil (-25%), the manufacture of computers and electronic products (-14.3%) and electrical equipment (-13.3%). Among the activities of greater weight for North Sardinia, both the food industry (-2.5%) and the wood and cork industry (-4.%) have suffered a decline.

On the other hand, accommodation and catering activities - despite the uncertainty over the 2020 tourist season - increased by 1.4%, from 12,870 to 13,048. Specifically, there was a significant increase in the activities of accommodation and B&B villages (+22%), while restaurants decreased (-0.85).

In the services sector, which recorded an increase in active companies of 1.8%, there was an increase in management and management consulting activities (+15.3%), real estate activities (+45) and - despite the crisis in tourism - travel agencies (+4.6%).


The Cipnes PTE will be ready by 2021

Signed the Institutional Agreement.

The technology park will strengthen and innovate the production system

Olbia will have a technology park for companies and new professions, a large open space of innovation, an ecosystem 4.0 for the transformation of the economy. It will be called PTE (European Technology Platform) and will be the first in Sardinia. It was wanted by Cipnes Gallura and its mission will be to strengthen, in addition to Sardinia, Gallura's production system, making it digital, attractive and competitive on international markets. In particular, studies and research will be applied to small and medium enterprises and to the historical sectors of boating, logistics, agri-food, tourism, cork and granite.

Already under construction in Cala Saccaia in Olbia, the PTE has obtained the go-ahead from the Region for the intervention optimization. The President of the Region Christian Solinas has in fact approved the Program Agreement with the Province of Sassari, the municipality of Olbia and the Cipnes which provides funding of 16 million 630 thousand for the completion of the structure. The works will restart soon and will be completed in 2021.

What are and what do the PTE. Conceived by the European Union, the function of the PTE is to technologically innovate the strategic industrial sectors of the member countries. The ETPs bring together institutions, companies and universities to do research and transfer results to companies, helping them to become digital and competitive.

The mission of the PTE of Cipnes. Cipnes Gallura - whose institutional task is the economic and social development of Gallura - with the ETP will work to make the productive and social system in line with the ongoing digital revolution. In particular, on the one hand, the ETP will encourage the birth and consolidation of new entrepreneurial initiatives consistent with the productive vocation of the Gallura and regional territory and, on the other hand, it will act as a "laboratory for employability" of young people with professional profiles characterized by high level skills both managerial and technical-professional.

How PTE will operate. In the context of the institution Zes Sardegna and Gallura headed by Cipnes, the PTE will present itself as a space of programming and innovation. It will be an open and inclusive ecosystem. It will operate by aggregating and integrating the institutional system, the entrepreneurial fabric, the world of finance and the world of innovation and professionalizing higher education, such as Universities and Research Centers.

Where it will be born. The PTE will be built in the production district of Cipnes, near the Cocciani pier, on a 10-hectare lot. In part already under construction, the structure, as regards the first lot, will host the two institutional actions of Cipnes called Insula and Agency of Territorial Development.

Insula. On the floor held of the ETP there will be Insula. Insula, which is the Agrifood and Territorial Marketing division of Cipnes, will create a technical platform for business services with an articulated territorial marketing program called "Insula - Sardinia Quality World". Two strategic objectives. First: Insula will start and consolidate processes of aggregation, qualification, innovation and internationalization of the identity production chains of Sardinia, in particular agrifood, artistic craftsmanship, fashion and design. Second: with a process of regional and local cooperation, it will carry on a territorial marketing action of the (tourist) destination Sardinia, promoting the territorial districts (Unions of Municipalities, LAGs, Mountain Communities, Authentic Villages) and their integration with the tourist system. Insula, globally, will support the development of the system of Sardinian enterprises and promote them in international markets as a territorial, recognizable, rich in elements of uniqueness.

How the Insula space will be articulated. The plan will be organized in thematic areas for the promotion of the different production chains of agrifood (milk chain, wheat chain, meat chain, fish chain, fruit and vegetable chain, wine chain, biodiversity chain), artistic craftsmanship and design. Each thematic area will in turn be divided into various sections. There will be the production sections, with the agrifood "Islands of Flavours" laboratories, and the non-food production sections, with the "Master craftsmen's laboratories". There will be promotional-expositive sections, called ''Market Areas''. There will be the enogastronomic transformation units, in front of the sea, dedicated to the paths of taste, an immersive enogastronomic tour among the islands of thematic catering of Sardinian chain (La Peschetteria, La Griglieria, La Norcineria, La Vineria). There will be a multimedia promotional-disseminating area, called "Piazza degli eventi", dedicated to the multimedia promotion of the single production chains and associated enterprises and to the presentation of the territorial districts.

Agency. On the second floor of the PTE there will be the Agency Invest in Gallura. The Cipnes, through the Division " Business Support and Territorial Development", will have an innovative "institutional structure", the Agency of Territorial Development, already operative and called to create new and better economic conditions for the existing small and medium enterprises and for the new investors who intend to settle in the productive districts of Gallura, starting from that of Olbia del Cipnes, in which there is a strong and qualified presence of companies of the nautical shipbuilding, logistics, tourist industry and the historical industrial districts of cork and granite. The Agency will have four functional activities: Area creation of enterprise, Area development of enterprise, Area innovation of enterprise, Area internationalization of enterprise. The support it will provide to entrepreneurs will concern the phases of pre-investment, settlement, innovative development, production consolidation and access to new markets outside Sardinia.

How the Agency will work. The Agency will be the institutional connecting agent for all the subjects, regional and national, interested in creating a "Sardinia System", such as companies and their associations, makers, Universities, Research Centers, local, regional and national public institutions, governmental development and internationalization agencies. The Agency will operate in two ways. First: as an institutional antenna that intercepts and systematizes the main instances of the territory and the needs of traditional local businesses and new investors. Second: in spaces configured and interconnected to accommodate a "territorial ecosystem", it will provide businesses with a direct and permanent connection with institutional partners: Chambers of Commerce, Sardegna Ricerche, Sfirs, Invitalia, Medio Credito Centrale, Ice, University. In this space, companies will ask questions and find the answers, both technical and financial, to their requests.

Technology Park. The Agency will also promote an incubator and accelerator for start-ups and innovative companies that need solutions, tools and skills that come from outside, starting from universities and research centers. The Technology Park will be the second pavilion of the PTE, with an area of 32 thousand square meters, and will rise in place of the current purifier, which will be relocated. The incubator will be functionally integrated with the Strategic Innovation Pole inspired by the "Open Innovation" model that will be activated and developed in interconnection with the regional innovation ecosystem, in particular with the University and Research (R&D) system. The Strategic Pole, within the ETP, will have laboratory areas for R&D activities and areas for co-working, tutoring and coaching, orientation and assistance to the productive fabric.

Technological pole. In the PTE's third pavilion, on a surface of more than 3 thousand square meters, the Cipnes will realize the Technological Pole of the nautical industry and production chains. Here will be placed the activities of innovation, experimental research applied to industry, incubation and business acceleration for the historical production sectors of Gallura.

UniOlbia and Olbi@inLab. As a research center, the PTE will host some of the academic-didactic and R&D activities of the "Consorzio Polo Universitario di Olbia", called UniOlbia, which will bring added value to the institutional mission of the PTE through its activities of promoting scientific research applied to the production sector and training new managers and technicians able to guide and enhance the results of research and the benefits of innovation in favor of the Gallura production system. Also in the PTE, Olbi@inLab, a project already funded by the Ministry of Education, with areas dedicated to offices and scientific and technological laboratories.

Logistic hub. In the PTE areas, Cipnes - to help small and medium enterprises in the distribution of their goods - will build the Insula logistics center on an area of 1,000 square meters. The logistics hub will be equipped with a technical area for receiving, checking and weighing identity products (incoming and outgoing flows), a storage area, outgoing order preparation aisles and related preparation trolleys and an area dedicated to perishable products (fresh and frozen). A dock will also be built with prefabricated wooden elements.

Expo and Meeting Areas. In an outdoor area of 32 thousand square meters, the Cipnes will locate outdoor exhibition areas of activities and production equipment in the service sector, research and vocational training centers, tertiary settlements, recreational equipment and spaces equipped for gaming and sports of public and private initiative. At the center of the exhibition area, there will be an Auditorium consisting of two floors. The ground floor is dedicated to the service rooms in the foyer of the hall, from which you can access the hall for the public, built on a sloping floor with steps. The speakers will be positioned with their backs to the sea, so that the public can also enjoy the natural view of the water through the windows. The hall has a capacity of about 600 seats, and will be prepared for congresses, screenings, conventions, small events, attached to the activities of the fair, but also for individual occasions being able to manage the entrances independently from the fair activity.


New ownership for Olbia Airport Management Company

"Alisarda" (Aga Khan group) cedes the controlling stake to the F2i fund and to the Foundation of Sardinia.

The company that manages the Olbia airport, Geasar Spa, changes its ownership structure. Its founder and majority shareholder, Prince Karim Aga Khan, is replaced by F2i Sgr, the largest Italian manager of infrastructure funds with assets worth 5 billion, and the Sardinia Foundation, which is a member of the fund. The 80% stake in Geasar that Aga Khan held through the company Alisarda S.p.A. is passed from hand to hand; the remaining shareholders are the Chamber of Commerce of Sassari (10% of the capital), the Chamber of Commerce of Nuoro (8%), the Sardinia Region (2%) and the Costa Smeralda Consortium (0.2%).

F2i thus becomes one of the main investors in Gallura and North Sardinia: the fund also holds the majority of the management company of Alghero airport, Sogeaal, with a 71.25% stake; the other shareholders are the Region of Sardinia (23%) and the regional financial company Sfirs (5.6%).

With this operation, announced by the fund with a statement in which the closing figure is not specified, the two airports in North Sardinia - 4.4 million passengers in 2019 - enter a national network: F2i has shares in the airports of Bologna (10%), Trieste (55%), Naples (83%), Turin (90.3%) and Milan (45%).

In the management of the Olbia airport will have a role the Foundation of Sardinia, which together with other foundations has 25% of F2i Sgr, and which expresses its president, Antonello Cabras, as director of the fund. In the press release it is written that the Fondazione di Sardegna, "given the importance of the operation for the territory, has chosen to support F2i in the investment". The company that will control Geasar is called F2i Aeroporti 2.

Geasar recorded revenues of over 52 million and a profit of 15.7 million in 2018, the last available balance sheet.

"F2i, in line with its mission, has decided to support the airport development potential of northern Sardinia despite the current emergency situation - commented Renato Ravanelli, CEO of F2i -. The health crisis has severely affected the entire sector at a global level, with traffic substantially reduced to zero in the period March-May 2020 and still strongly reduced. F2i believes, however, that Sardinia has all the characteristics to benefit from a relatively faster recovery, thanks in particular to its position as an exclusive tourist destination. We are pleased to have with us in Olbia the Region of Sardinia, already our partner in Alghero, and the Chambers of Commerce of Sassari and Nuoro, as well as the Sardinia Foundation that has shared the industrial project with us. Together we will commit ourselves, even in this difficult situation, to support the activity of our airports for the benefit of the Sardinian economic system and its citizens".

The transfer of ownership marks an epochal turning point for the economy of Gallura. Prince Aga Khan, with the creation of the Costa Smeralda and its Consortium, has in fact started the intense tourist development in Sardinia as an industry and as a system, contributing enormously to the reopening of the Olbia airport in 1964 and establishing first the airline (Alisarda/Meridiana) and then the management company (Gesasar) of the new airport, opened to traffic in 1974.


This is how "Resto al Sud" gives birth to new entrepreneurs

This is what the Cipnes Agency is doing for the economic fabric innovation

The Maker Island fair of Olbia, the digital craftsmen's exhibition, was a great showcase for the economic future and innovation. The Cipnes Gallura has joined it strongly and with operational proposals, including one for the illustration of funding for makers. Giampaolo Saba, Head of the Agency for Territorial Development "Invest in Gallura", spoke about it in his speech at the Archaeological Museum.

 "We thank the Fab Lab of Olbia that gave us the opportunity to present the role of Cipnes in the territory for the promotion of the Maker economy. When we decided to support Maker Island, we wondered what could be the strategic and operational role of Cipnes to celebrate the culture of makers and the Maker economy.The answer is in the motto that Cipnes, through its territorial development agency Invest in Gallura, has chosen: "let's give shape to your ideas".

It all began when I read an interview with a well-known maker in Italy. To the question "what is a maker?", his answer was: "the maker is an artist, a builder, one who uses technology as if it were a chisel useful for sculpting his ideas". This is what we do.

Cipnes, through the Invest in Gallura Territorial Development Agency, feels very close to makers for a very simple reason: it boasts a close relationship with the productive fabric of small and medium enterprises, which are often undercapitalized and do not have the financial and human resources to easily access the tool of innovation, a useful tool to innovate production processes, services and products on which the Maker economy and the activity of the Fab Lab are based.

So, what can Cipnes do for the territory? First of all, connect the world of Fab Labs with the SMEs that have undertaken or want to undertake evolutionary paths towards the digitization and innovation of their business models. But Cipnes can also help, again with the Territorial Development Agency Invest in Gallura, all small businesses that want to approach innovation, especially open, shared innovation, integration of knowledge, with the creation of a network that connects two communities, the productive community and the institutional community, that of regional, state, European entities that are responsible for developing and activating development policies and incentive and facilitation measures with specialized and qualified products.

In this perspective, we have a privileged relationship with the Invitalia agency, which we have been representing for 12 months in the north of Sardinia, as an accredited body, for the Resto al Sud facilitation measure for the under 46 with the intention of opening a business in Sardinia and covering 100 % of the investment, with 50% non-refundable.

We feel the importance of the role because Cipnes is not limited to the promotion and dissemination of the measure, but plays an active part in the process of declination on a territorial basis of a national program aimed at relaunching entrepreneurship in southern Italy. Therefore this means to bring out from below new ideas, new intelligences, new employment opportunities.

In this sense, through the Territorial Development Agency Invest in Gallura, we support the birth of new entrepreneurial initiatives, accompanying the subjects in all phases of the process: first orientation, feasibility studies, development of business ideas, facilitation and interconnection with the banking system affiliated with Invitalia. We do an important activity of promotion of business culture and selection of ideas and projects.

It's news of these days that through Resto al Sud has been approved and financed the idea of who, in the initial stages, has used our services for the realization of a print farm. This represents a tangible sign that with the measure you can implement and activate the enabling technologies of the Enterprise 4.0 plan such as digital manufacturing".


Why Cipnes supports the digital economy

The speech of the General Manager Aldo Carta at Maker Island in Olbia

Cipnes Gallura is strongly committed to supporting the growth of companies and territory in the digital economy. The participation in Maker Island - with direct support to digital artisans - is just one of the many initiatives put in place by the institution. Because Cipnes strongly believes in the potential for development and territorial rebalancing - if there will be the appropriate training - of the fourth industrial revolution. As explained by General Manager Aldo Carta in his speech at Maker Island in Olbia that we are publishing here.

"I feel compelled to thank a vital cell of our economy, the Olbia Fab Lab, for this initiative, Maker Island, which starts a great transformation not only of the economy and enterprises but of the society and culture of our territory. We are talking about a context - culture, society - which is the indispensable precondition to be able to make an adequate, modern and well placed economic development in the globalized economy. A praise to the engineer Antonio Burrai, therefore, because it makes us start an absolutely strategic and absolutely vital path for everyone.

As we know, we're diving into a digitized economy. The epidemic is exalting and emphasizing even more the strategic value and strength of the new economy. This means that we have to make paths like this one that allow us to penetrate into the profound innovations and transformations that are going through our lives.

The digital economy, which is now in an accelerated phase, must be absolutely perceived and metabolized in Olbia, in Gallura, in all Sardinia. Maker Island gives us the great opportunity to take a trip in this new reality. In our Island we live the experience of digital craftsmen, the Artigèni, I would say, those who have the brilliant ideas and are able to realize them with the enabling technologies of internet and digital. We, like Cipnes, have seen this event in an ideal way. The president, the staff, the structure, we all feel involved, in line and in tune with the proposed strategy. And we make ourselves completely available to support the makers, at all levels. In our organization we are trying to structure a support that is equipped and suitable to support the digitized economy.

Digital artisans today own a custom factory. If one has an idea, has a vision of an innovative product, with technology can manufacture and market it. This is no small thing. So we need to relaunch the culture of enterprise, do-it-yourself, self-entrepreneurship. And above all the ability of young people to undertake, to create economic initiatives, without going to be recommended to find a job, but realizing their ideas with the instrumentation technology and creating work, possibly in favor of the whole society.

At Cipnes we are strongly committed - and we are already implementing organization and appointments - to support these path of transformation and innovation of the economy and enterprises. There are many measures of facilitation in the field. We will try to connect with the institutional system - local authorities, Municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, Sardinia Research, Region, State, European Union - to see and take possession of the tools to help especially the young and new generations to acquire the necessary skills and continuous training that the digital economy requires.

Think a little bit. The workers of the future must collaborate with robots: it's reality, not science fiction. It is already a reality in the globalized economy. In Gallura we have to bump into this reality, we have to dive into this reality. I don't know if we are all feeling what is happening, but Maker Island is a manifestation of national level, of avant-garde, it is an outpost in the transformation of the corporate culture, of the deeply disruptive strategy that is about to descend on us and that will totally transform the level of skills of all the workers of this territory.

Today we are lucky enough to dive into the future, we are opening the windows on the future of the digital and globalized economy. Indeed, not on the future, but on the present that we are already living. And today we have the possibility to catch it".


Maker Island, this is how the digital changes our life

In Olbia to discover the future. The Agency illustrates the "Resto al Sud" facility to the artisans


One hundred stands, including that of Cipnes Gallura. Ten workshops on digital manufacturing. Twenty Fab Lab. Thirty-two talks. Maker Island - scheduled in Olbia from 16 to 18 October - is this: a great exhibition on digital economy, a space open to all to see and understand the near future. The fair, for the first time in Sardinia, has more than one mission. A general one: to make public opinion understand the importance of makers, professionals - or "artists", "inventors", as some of them like to call themselves - who are changing the way we manufacture the objects of our daily life.  And a specific one: to allow the artisans of the 21st century to get in touch with companies that want to innovate their products and find sources of funding for their projects. These are two objectives for which Cipnes Gallura offers the services of its Agency and the most suitable tool for the birth of new companies, the Resto al Sud facility.

Let's find out a few things about Maker Island. It starts Friday, October 16 at the Archaeological Museum. At 11 am there is the presentation conference in which Aldo Carta, general director of Cipnes, the public body for sustainable development of Gallura that believes with conviction in the promotion and dissemination of the culture of digital innovation, will speak.

The economy of the future in Olbia. Cipnes is a partner of the Fab Lab in Olbia, creator and organizer of Maker Island, a laboratory that hosts a "Business Park", or "Quartiere degli Affari", in which 537 companies operate, producing a turnover of 750 million per year and with a digital infrastructure - from the presence of the ultra-wideband to 5G - at the forefront in Italy. Numerous are also the digital plans launched, from the Technology Platform Europe (Pte) to Insula, the regional program of internationalization of agro-food products of excellence that is also based on e-commerce. Participating in Maker Island is a strategic choice, it is the sharing of the mission of promoting and spreading the culture of digital innovation from below.

Always Friday, in the afternoon, we will start with the rich program of Maker Island. Access is free and free on all three days of the event (16-18 October), from 2 pm to 8 pm. Entrances comply with the regulations on Covid-19. In addition, all events will be streamed on Maker Island's Facebook page (

Live digital constructions. Visitors can see 100 stands of makers, schools, companies. They will be able to attend 32 talks with makers, entrepreneurs, business executives, digital economy experts, inventors. They will be able to participate (by registering) in 10 digital fabrication workshops, spaces where makers - with PCs, 3D printers, lasers - will build objects live. Because this is their life: a maker - in Chris Anderson's famous definition - is anyone who uses digital tools, such as a PC, to develop projects and prototypes by themselves and shares them online, collaborating with the maker community.

The story of the anti-Covid inventor. One of them, Cristian Fracassi, will tell on Sunday exactly what it means to be a maker and what consequences his work has in everyone's life. Fracassi is in fact the inventor of the Charlotte mask. He took the Decathlon diving mask. He removed the mouthpiece and replaced it with a valve that he designed on the PC and produced with his 3D printer. And thanks to this invention, the mask has been used in hospitals to have more respirators to treat those infected with Covid-19. Fracassi, then, made his invention available (in open source), contributing to save many lives.

The help of Cipnes to create new companies. An example for many makers, whose brilliant ideas, however, often need economic resources to become reality. For this mission, Cipnes not only joined Maker Island but also decided to offer operational support. The Development Agency - after the analysis of the territory (made up of small and medium companies) and with the aim of promoting the maker economy and the connection with companies - offers digital artisans the best tool for their growth, Resto al Sud, the facility that covers 100% of the investment (50% non-refundable) of under 46.

In addition to its stand, the Agency will explain its work with its manager, Gian Paolo Saba, in a talk scheduled for Saturday from 3.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The news is that, together with Saba, Gian Marco Verachi, Head of Service Unit Resto al Sud of Invitalia, the agency that takes care of the facilities and of which Cipnes is accredited.


Employment cost, 30% savings for Sardinian enterprises

From October 1 in force the tax advantage: hypothesis of extension to 2029

From October 1, companies operating in Sardinia will pay less contributions for their current employees or for those they will hire. The relief of costs is equal to 30%. The measure, adopted by the Government with the "August Decree", will be effective until December 31, 2020 but the executive is working to extend it until 2029, with savings for entrepreneurs that will increase from 30% to 10% in nine years. A first extension of the benefits could come with the next budget law, which will be presented in days: it will take from 3 to 5 billion.

The objective is to defend the current level of employment in Sardinia and in all regions of Southern Italy, the most affected by the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a study by Svimez, in the South there has been a drop in employment of about 6%, compared to 3.5% in the Centre-North.

"To support, in a short time, the demand for labor in the southern regions has been necessary to cut labor costs, which does not go through a decline in workers' wages, already compromised by a decade of wage stagnation," explained the Minister for the South, Peppe Provenzano.

The reduction of 30% of the contributions borne by companies is part of the wider South 2030 Plan, which provides for tax credit for investments in the South and the strengthening of the Zes (Special Economic Zones). Among these there is that of Olbia and Gallura that will be led by Cipnes, which through its Agency for territorial development is available to companies to help them grow also through state and regional incentives.


What the Cipnes does for makers

The Fab Lab in the production district and now the financial support with the "Resto al Sud" financing measureù


Cipnes Gallura strongly supports Maker Island, the three-day event in Olbia (October 16-18) dedicated to makers, digital artisans, and their impact on the economy and society.


First: because Cipnes is partner of the Fab Lab, the event organizer.

Second: because Cipnes believes in promoting and spreading the culture of digital innovation.

Third: because Cipnes wants to help makers to finance their projects and to seek agreements with companies that want to innovate their products.

Three excellent reasons that will be illustrated at the Archaeological Museum of Olbiese by Aldo Carta (General Director of Cipnes Gallura) and Gian Paolo Saba (Head of the Support Service for Business and Territorial Development of Cipnes). But the presence of Cipnes will be enriched, for all three days, by an information stand where makers (and not only) will have answers on Resto al Sud, the measure put in place to open companies to the under 46 and which the Cipnes Agency takes care of.

Digital Revolution

Cipnes believes in innovation, first of all. It supported the birth of the Fab Lab in Olbia (the laboratory where makers can find tools and culture for their work) and hosts it in the production district of Olbia. A "Business Park", or "Neighborhood of Business" in which 537 companies operate, producing a turnover of 750 million per year. Here, in 760 hectares, innovation is at home. Cipnes has brought the ultra-wideband throughout the district, with the support of Siportal, and the big national operators (Tim, WindTre, Evolink, Stel) have made agreements to provide their services. The decisive infrastructure for the future of the economy ensures that companies are competitive on the global market. Many operators have already requested to adapt and upgrade their facilities for 5G, the other strategic infrastructure for economic development. These include Iliad. A revolution that is only at the beginning and that will be accelerated by the birth of the European Technology Platform Insula, the Pte under construction in the production district of Olbia.

Cultural Revolution

Cipnes believes in innovation, first of all. It supported the birth of the Fab Lab in Olbia (the laboratory where makers can find tools and culture for their work) and hosts it in the production district of Olbia. A "Business Park", or "Neighborhood of Business" in which 537 companies operate, producing a turnover of 750 million per year. Here, in 760 hectares, innovation is at home. Cipnes has brought the ultra-wideband throughout the district, with the support of Siportal, and the big national operators (Tim, WindTre, Evolink, Stel) have made agreements to provide their services. The decisive infrastructure for the future of the economy ensures that companies are competitive on the global market. Many operators have already requested to adapt and upgrade their facilities for 5G, the other strategic infrastructure for economic development. These include Iliad. A revolution that is only at the beginning and that will be accelerated by the birth of the European Technology Platform Insula, the Pte under construction in the production district of Olbia.

Financial Revolution

"Makers can and must dialogue with industrial and artisan companies in Gallura more linked to traditional knowledge and production techniques - explain Gattu and Carta - We are convinced that they will enhance their role and function with the application of digital innovation to new processes, products and services, which still retain the added value of "local know-how". Also in this perspective, Cipnes is offering an innovative service for makers (and for all companies in the production district of Olbia and Gallura). With the motto "Give shape to your ideas!", its Agency for territorial development accompanies young entrepreneurs in the construction of their business idea. The instrument chosen, in this case, is Resto al Sud, the 100% facilitation of the investment promoted by Invitalia and of which Cipnes is an accredited body. Designed for the under 46 of Southern Italy (and therefore also Sardinia), it is a concrete help also for makers. The Agency gives an initial information support, assesses the pre-feasibility of the business idea, develops it together with the propronenti for the presentation to Invitalia and helps them in contact with the banks affiliated.

Cipnes in Maker Island

The Cipnes, just to be even closer to this world, will be present at Maker Island from 16 to 18 October with its own stand, for one day together also at Sardegna Ricerche. Makers (and guests of the event) will be able to request information (no reservation is required) on funding and procedures to be followed to obtain it. The Cipnes Agency, in full compliance with Covid-19 regulations, will give the first answers, reserving the right to make an appointment for an even more detailed analysis of the business idea.



Three days of Maker Island, the innovation fair

In Olbia the futuristic projects of digital craftsmen.

The support of Cipnes

There is a part of Olbia that works in silence - in garages, shared studios, sheds, lofts - to make it an innovative, digital, attractive city. It's the Olbia of the makers, the name by which digital craftsmen are defined, those who elaborate an idea, draw it on the PC and build it with the 3D printer. It is the Olbia of the Fab Lab, the laboratory, the "workshop" where makers meet, use digital tools, experiment and share experiences.

In a city and a province, Gallura, where businesses grew by 1.4% in 2019 compared to 0.8% in Sardinia and 0.4% in Italy, digital businesses are beginning to carry some weight. Those registered in the register of innovative startups are now 10, and many of them were established between 2019 and 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, as a brave reaction to the challenges of the near future.

Now this submerged, creative, ingenious world will emerge and dialogue with everything around it. Thanks to the Fab Lab of Olbia, born in 2014, which organized the "Maker Island - L'isola dei Maker", the first event in Sardinia that presents and celebrates makers, digital manufacturing, innovation that starts from the bottom and dialogues with companies and institutions. For three days - from 16 to 18 October - Olbia will therefore be inside the future: and it will be a future visible to all those who want to understand what is - concretely - the digital economy. The appointment is at the Archaeological Museum, not a random choice both logistically and symbolically: the entrance will be free and free of charge and in compliance with the rules for the contrast of Covid-19 (for information, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). All appointments will be visible also in streaming ( here the complete program.

What can you watch? The digital projects developed by schools with highly innovative laboratories, by companies with Industria 4.0 activities, by institutions and associations that have ongoing innovation projects - such as Cipnes Gallura - and of course by makers and Fab Labs throughout Italy and the rest of Europe.

"Maker Island is a unique opportunity, of international scope, to get to know closely a way that today has revealed its full potential by providing innovation, ideas and technology at the service of industry, cuisine, fashion, science, medicine" says Antonio Burrai, creator of the Fab Lab in Olbia and creator of the event.

A bit 'American university campus, a bit' Universal Exposition, entering the Archaeological Museum will be like taking a journey into what moves in the digital network: between super-technological machinery, futuristic visions, revolutionary products, makers engaged in creative activity. An informal environment in which it will be possible to listen, in agile talks, to the experiences of those who have innovated starting from a PC and a 3D printer. Like Cristian Fracassi, for example, the inventor and printer of the valve with which the Decathlon snorkeling masks have been adapted to save the infected of the Covid-19.

The goal is twofold: to introduce the general public to the economy produced by digital craftsmen and to put makers and Fab Labs in contact with companies and institutions. In this sense moves the Cipnes Gallura, operating partner of Maker Island (we will talk about it in the next few days).

"Cipnes has joined the important initiative because it shares the strategic mission of promoting and spreading the culture of digital innovation as a driver to diversify and make more competitive the productive fabric of our territory and our destroyed Olbia, where we host the Fab Lab" say Mario Gattu, president of Cipnes (in the photo at the presentation of the initiative), and Aldo Carta, general manager.