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September 28, 2021

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British American Tobacco will establish itself in the area of the Trieste Interport in Bagnoli della Rosandra

D'Agostino (AdSP Eastern Adriatic): the operation is very important: this is the first real industrial settlement in Free Port in the last thirty years

British American Tobacco (BAT) to set up its operations in FREEeste, the new free zone of Bagnoli della Rosandra, in Trieste, with the opening of the innovation and sustainability center "A Better Tomorrow Innovation Hub" for an investment total up to 500 million euros. On an area of 20,000 square meters in Bagnoli della Rosandra belonging to the Interporto of Trieste, under the free point regime, the hub that will host a production plant for the Italian market and global export and BAT's digital boutique: a laboratory of innovation and center of excellence for digital transformation and digital marketing, dedicated to research, development and production of product lines with potentially reduced risk such as electronic cigarettes and medicinal products for nicotine replacement therapy.

The launch of this new hub will lead to the future creation of 2,700 jobs planned, including around 600 jobs of estimated direct work that will include STEM resources, highly qualified in the field of Research and Development and digitalization, and about 2,100 indirect jobs in terms of induced estimated both locally and nationally.

The collaboration involves the interporto of Trieste both for the construction of the new structures and for the management of inbound and outbound logistics services of the entire complex. Work on the construction of the complex will begin to short and the first module will be completed and activated in 2022.

"The operation - underlined the president of the Adriatic Sea Port System Authority Oriental, Zeno D'Agostino - it is very important: it is the first real industrial settlement in Free Port in the last thirty years. We are facing an exceptional event that we welcome with enthusiasm». "THE investment of BAT - he specified D'Agostino - is strategic for Trieste and the entire Region because it brings value, employment, maritime-port traffic and above all it is part of an overall evolution of reconfiguration of supply chains within a increasingly regionalized globalization. It also rewards the work of these years in which the Port System Authority has built an integrated territory from a logistical point of view, industrial and use of the Free Port».

On the occasion of today's announcement of BAT's investment in Italy, which took place in the presence of Ministers Patuanelli and Giorgetti, the Governor of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Massimiliano Fedriga, and of other authorities, Roberta Palazzetti, President and CEO of BAT Italia and area director for the South Europe, underlined that "this investment strengthens further the link between BAT and Italy. In recent years - has BAT contributed to the State's tax revenues with over two billion euros a year between excise duties and VAT. With this initiative we want to take a more active role in the transformation of our sector, through the development of innovative products that meet consumer preferences adults and through a process of continuous innovation that can achieve real change in terms of sustainability and to reduce our impact on health. The Innovation Hub constitutes a meeting point of our values, all aimed at building A Better Tomorrow».

"This operation - commented the president and CEO of Interporto di Trieste, Paolo Privileggio - confirms the role of hinge of the Interporto of Trieste as a driver of growth of our territory. Today starts a path with BAT that we hope is just the beginning. I'm already possible areas of future development that could lead to new initiatives and which we will start working on shortly».




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