Racing to a Greener Automotive Future?


The Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary, in collaboration with Orange1 Holding, has organized what it calls an exclusive focus lunch with the theme of “The Green Future of Automotive”.

Held on September 6, at the New York Café in Budapest, the lunch saw the participation of 27 representatives of the automotive sector, alongside representatives from Hungarian associations working in the sector, the government and the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, as well as CEOs and managers of companies working in industrial automation, e-motion and green energy power sector.

The chamber said the lunch was intended to provide an opportunity to get to know some of the main trends that will have an impact on the automotive sector and how large organizations can benefit from those trends; technological and investment opportunities were also discussed, with a special attention paid to the green future of the sector.

Companies and associations represented included ABB, Audi, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Hungarian Tire Association, the ZalaZone autonomous test track and a number of SMEs and non-profits.

“The aim was to support the top management in the challenges of green developments in the automotive sector in a reserved and concrete way,” said chamber president Francesco Maria Mari.

The event was a collaboration with Orange1 Holding, an Italian manufacturer of single-phase and three-phase asynchronous electric motors, foundry and turning parts that has been present in Hungary for a number of years, and sponsored by Pirelli and CIB Bank.

The program was moderated by Budapest Business Journal editor-in-chief Robin Marshall.

Paddock Networker

The focus lunch was followed on September 7 (Saturday) by an Orange1 Holding and Italian chamber “Automotive Qualified Networking” day at the Orange1 Village Paddock at the Hungaroring Formula 1 race track at Mogyoród, 30 km northeast of Budapest.

This event was an exclusive opportunity to make network in an informal way on topics related to the main challenges and future of the automotive sector in terms of opportunities and employment.

The networker was led by Armando Donazzan, president of Orange1 Holding and Italian chamber president Mari, and attended by many other representatives of the automotive, engineering and technology sectors and other chambers of commerce in Hungary.

Orange1 had a championship-leading team entered in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe, with the networking event built around that, and included opportunities for a Paddock Tour and Pit Lane Walk, as well as a buffet at Orange1 hospitality area, which also offered exceptional race track view.

The day proved successful for Orange1, whose #563 Orange1 FFF Racing Lamborghini drivers Andrea Caldarelli and Marco Mapelli emerged victorious at the top of the overall standings.

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