Group R&D Centers


Research & Development (R&D) Centres

Our 26 R&D centres give us the advantage of being close to our customers in local markets, making it easier to capture the technological innovations at competitive costs that they need to stay ahead in a rapidly changing world.

Working towards a cleaner and safer future

The projects we are working on today in our 26 Research and Development (R&D) centres around the world will help make energy and information delivery safer, cheaper and cleaner tomorrow, not only for our direct customers, but for individuals and communities everywhere they reach. Furthermore, our continual drive to improve sustainability means we’re working towards a better world for all.

Investing time and resources in R&D is a top priority. That’s why we nurture our skilled experts and professionals through agreements with 50 universities around the world, so they will be better equipped to find solutions that will keep us in the lead and deliver value for our customers.

Exceptional R&D capabilities

The Group in an R&D industry leader because it has:

  • 26 R&D Centres of Excellence
  • Advanced proprietary technologies
  • More than 1,000 skilled professionals
  • More than 5,500 patents granted or filed
  • Relationships with major universities and research centres worldwide
  • 258 product families launched in 2023

At work to reach challenging goals worldwide

Here are some of the goals they are working to reach:

  • Powering windfarms in ever-deeper water
  • Laying cable at 3,000 meters below sea
  • Removing lead from submarine cables including insulation and jacket
  • Replacing copper wire with super-light, organic carbon
  • Developing smart cables that “communicate” maintenance issues
  • Packing three times more density into an optical fibre cable
  • Inventing robotics that make tasks safer and upgrade our products

Joining forces with the world’s top universities

Prysmian has established research partnerships with over 50 universities and research centres in various countries around the world, including Italy, Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, India, China, France and Norway.

Here are just some of our partners:


  • Politecnico di Milano (MIP), Italy
  • Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Nokia Bell Labs, USA
  • Centro di Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicacoes (CPqD), Brazil
  • University of Applied Science Südwestfalen, Germany
  • University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Shanghai TICW, China
  • National Chemical Laboratory, Infosys Advanced Engineering Laboratory, India University of Lille 1, Nokia, France

Partnership in action

In 2017, Prysmian co-founded Corporate Hangar, a place to identify and launch promising start-up ideas. Corporate Hangar collects ideas from Prysmian’s employees, as well as customers and stakeholders, and then transforms them into structured business plans and pilot projects. Successful pilots are then launched through the Prysmian Innovation Accelerator (PRIA).

Prysmian has adopted an “open innovation” model whereby it teams up with partners to pursue specific projects with add-on features that go beyond the Group’s core cables business. Corporate Hangar is an accelerator partly-owned by Prysmian that has incubated 3 startups: Alesea, a virtual assistant for cable management; Kablee, a digital business development tool for cable makers that aims to bring data connectivity to rural areas and create a marketplace for scrap cables; and Cultifutura, and “urban farming” company that develops vertical farming solutions for offices. Prysmian Electronics, fully-owned by Prysmian, has developed has developed solutions for the monitoring and fault location of Extra High, High, Medium and Low Voltage cable systems.


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