Metalworking is one of the most important segments of the regional production landscape. It includes small, medium-sized and large enterprises specialised in mechanics, thermo-electro-mechanics, components, plastics and metal productions.

To date, the sector records an export of about 6 billion a year, with 3,773 companies active in the first half of 2016 and a total of 57.000 employees (data from Infocamere).

Several successful companies in the region have consolidated important market shares also thanks to constant research and development activities. Among the leading companies in the sector are Cimolai Spa, Electrolux Spa, Brovedani Group Spa, Danieli Spa and Cividale Group Spa.