MILAN (Reuters) - Italy needs to start thinking of a partnership in the space industry with France after the two countries have joined forces over the naval sector, Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said on Friday.
“We now must think of a partnership in the space sector. We must do so with attention, as it is (an industry with) sensitive companies, but we must face the challenge,” Calenda said at a conference in Rome organised by Italian companies’ association Confindustria and its French peer Medef.
In September Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri (FCT.MI) took effective control of French rival STX France under a shared ownership agreement.
The move set the conditions to explore the creation of a Franco-Italian naval defence group, merging France’s Naval group with Fincantieri.
Reporting by Alberto Sisto