Taranto based Italian steel maker Acciaierie d'Italia and Polytechnic University of Bari have signed a partnership agreement for technological counseling and sustainable innovation of production processes. The agreement sets up a long-term relationship in which the University, through professors and researchers, will support the Company's research, technological development and innovation activities for the steel sector. The common target is to further contribute to the growth of the regional economic and production context and to raise a greater attention on sustainability issues in manufacturing.Acciaierie d'Italia has created its own Research and Development Center within the Taranto plant to support innovation and improvement of production processes and products. The agreement with the Polytechnic of Bari is part of the collaboration network expansion of the Center, which operates in full scientific autonomy.In fact, the two realities are already strongly synergic in terms of professional training: 150 engineers out of the approximately 200 currently employed in the Taranto steel plant have graduated from the University of Bari. A number destined to grow thanks to the ongoing selections for the recruitment of additional specialized profiles.