A sector of excellence. The large number of territory-based enterprises makes metallurgy crucially important for the Region’s economy. Supported by the specialist skills and scientific research programmes of the University of Udine, we designed and opened the Laboratory of Metallurgy, Surface Technologies and Advanced Materials. The Laboratory carries out applied research liaising with other actors in the metallurgy sector. It is a new anchor point for metallurgy-industry enterprises and researchers, as well as a centre of education for technicians and researchers.