We have entered a collaboration agreement with I3P - Incubatore Imprese Innovative (innovative business incubator) with Turin’s Polytechnic aimed at financing research projects and innovative entrepreneurial ideas.
The start-up we have been concentrated on since 2010 is SAFEN, which has developed an energy saving project which came third in the in the seventh edition of START CUP Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta 2011 (an entrepreneurial competition for the best innovative and knowledge-based business ideas aimed at creating innovative enterprises). SAFEN designed an electromechanical device, called Pneumotransformer, which can reduce up to 80% the consumption of compressed air used for operating pneumatic cylinders.
Safen was appointed "Start Up of the Year I3P" in December 2014.
For many years now, CLN Group, through some of its participated companies and divisions, has fostered and developed collaboration relations with Politecnico of Torino with respect to research projects.
The first partnership agreement over the period of 2001 to 2013 saw MW, the wheels division of the Group, involving students both graduating and majoring from Politecnico in projects concerning the development of wheels, in the form of dissertation or Ph.D.
Our collaborations have evolved further through a project-frame and specific research projects with diverse departments, such as the Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT), the Department of Management and Production Engineering (DIGEP), the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications (DET) and the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering (DIMEAS).
Among the research projects in progress, the MW division collaborates with DET for issues such as the sensorized wheel, with DISAT for innovative joining systems and with DIGEP for developing new simulation methods. The MA division has ongoing projects with DIGEP concerning smart stamping methods: methods of simulation and experimental testing, while Itla is working along with DISAT on the study of analytical characterization of new materials.
In 2011, we joined the TEKNE Community, a network of Italian steel producers promoting eco-sustainable life and ferrous material recycling.