The industrial structure of Piacenza's province is a sort of web, where innovative and international medium-size companies favour wide sub-supply ancillary trade, made of highly flexible small businesses and craftsmen able to produce top quality items. A recent survey highlighted the special feature that all Piacenza's companies have, and distinguishing them from all other companies in Emilia-Romagna. Indeed, they are able to create important co-operations with their customers, who then become strategic partners in every phase of the innovative production process.