Set up in 1988 by the Fiat Group as a company dedicated to research work in the framework of development programs for Southern Italy, Elasis has grown into a highly specialized research centre whose work addresses technological innovation, complete vehicle development, mobility and its environmental impact, and traffic safety.
The Centre has two sites in Pomigliano d’Arco and Lecce, both located in Southern Italy, with approximately 800 employees and is provided with sophisticated computer-aided design and calculation tools and advanced physical and virtual testing equipment which are based on an ability to develop and manage information systems that puts Elasis in the front ranks of the world’s R&D centres.
In 2007, Elasis continued to pursue its strategic objectives of forging new links in the research/innovation system’s value chain and of promoting local development. In pursuing this objective, Elasis worked within consortia including universities and private institutions in basic research and training, continuing to sharpen its focus on the issues related to mobility and its environmental impact.
In addition, Elasis cooperated with the Naples Employers’ Association and chambers of commerce in Southern Italy to help the area’s small and medium enterprises make the most of their skills.