Centro Ricerche FIAT (CRF) promotes, develops and transfers innovation in order to provide competitiveness to its clients and partners which include the different companies in the FIAT Group, automotive suppliers, companies from other sectors of industry, SMEs, and national and international research agencies.
CRF attains this objective by focussing on: the development of innovative products, the implementation of new processes (manufacturing and organisational), the development of advanced methodologies, consultancy and the training of human resources. Priority areas of R&D at CRF include Energy and the Environment, Safety and Well-Being, and Sustainable Growth.
The core competence of CRF is centred on land transportation: advanced vehicles and propulsion systems, innovative components with associated manufacturing processes and methodologies for product development. In developing and applying these core competencies, considerable emphasis is placed on the transfer of advanced technologies from automotive applications to other sectors of industry and areas of business. In this context, CRF actively supports the technological growth of SMEs working outside the arena of the automotive industry in fields which range from business process re-engineering, advanced product and process methodologies, to micromechanics and optics, IT methodologies, telematics and others.
The activities among Nanotechnologies are within the following themes:
- Lighting and On-Board Information
- Structural and Functional Materials
- Sensors and Coatings
- Micro Energy Generation