Founded in 1926, Ducati has been manufacturing sport-inspired motorcycles in its factory in Bologna’s Borgo Panigale district since 1946. The company’s products are characterized by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology.
In October 2021, Ducati announced the beginning of its electric era: starting from the 2023 season it will be the sole official supplier of motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup. This is a historic step for the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer which, following its custom of using racing competition as a laboratory for technologies and solutions that then become reality for all motorcyclists, enters the world of electric bikes starting from the sportiest sector, that of the electric class of the MotoGP World Championship
Founded in 1926, Ducati builds premium motorcycles characterized by performance engines, distinctive design, and innovative technology. The company’s wide range of motorcycles covers the main market segments with the following model families: Diavel, XDiavel, DesertX, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Panigale, Streetfighter, SuperSport and Superleggera. Since 2019 Ducati has also integrated high-spec e-MTBs and city e-bikes in its product line.
Style, Sophistication, Performance and Trust are the core values of the Ducati brand. Ducati motorcycles are the purest expression of refined engineering, unmistakable design and above all, a great passion. The essence of Italian style shows through the lines of each motorcycle, in which lightness, technology and high performance are at the service of all motorcyclists eager to live an incredible experience on two wheels.
The highest standards of quality, constant innovation and attention to rider safety are just some of the qualities that identify Ducati motorcycles and guide the development of each new product. Strengthened by its unique history and its roots, never before has Ducati looked straight ahead towards its ambitious vision: to be the most desirable brand for power two wheels products.
Ducati is officially involved in the MotoGP and Superbike World Championships. In MotoGP, in which it has been participating since 2003, Ducati won the Constructors' Title in 2007, 2020 and 2021, the Teams' Title in 2007 and 2021 and the Riders' Title in 2007. In the Superbike World Championship, Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles, collecting more than 300 race victories. Ducati is the motorcycle manufacturer that has won the most titles since the beginning of the production-based Superbike series in 1988.
The three highlight projects 2020
„Ducati named one of Italy’s top employers in 2022”
MUNER – Hub of Learning Excellence for the Automotive Industry
The Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna (MUNER) is a joint venture, strongly supported by the Emilia-Romagna Region, based on the synergistic relationships between four universities –Bologna, Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia in Parma – and the automakers representing the best of “Made in Italy” with historical roots in the region: Automobili Lamborghini, Dallara, Ducati, Ferrari, Haas F1 Team, HPE, Maserati, Toro Rosso and Magneti Marelli. A whole region has teamed up in the name of research, innovation and technological development, with a single goal: growth and employment.
Launched in 2017, the Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna hub seeks to attract the best university students from all over the world to the region with the aim of training tomorrow’s engineers for subsequent careers in the corporate world. These young people will become the professionals who design high-performance road car and competition vehicles, sustainable propulsion systems, smart subsystems, and production plants based on smart manufacturing principles.
The university offers an international inter-university MSc degree and uses English as its official language. The student body consists of 150 selected students; visiting professors include tutors from the various automotive firms involved in the venture, who have also equipped the labs with state-of-the-art tools. Students can choose to specialize in six different areas: Advanced Powertrain, Advanced Motorcycle Engineering, Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing, High-Performance Car Design, Racing Car Design, and Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering.
Dual Education System Italy (DESI)
During the reporting year, Ducati and Lamborghini continued to develop the CSR project DESI (Dual Education System Italy) jointly organized by both companies and launched in 2014. Other project partners include the Volkswagen Workforce Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, the Education Ministry of the Emilia Romagna Region, and two of Bologna’s Technical High Schools. The DESI dual-education program currently supports in Ducati 50 young people in their last years at technical high school, and combines classroom-based theory with practical work-experience placements. For the practical training component, Lamborghini and Ducati have set up modern training centers at their respective plants.
Ducati – Biomonitoring and Trigeneration Plant
The purpose of the project is to verify the possible environmental impact of Ducati’s activities using excellent bioindicators such as bees. With this in mind, in April 2016, an apiary was placed in an area inside the factory that is close to a track test, trigeneration plant, wastewater treatment plant and various sources of production emissions.
Ducati’s apiary consists of three hives. Since 2016, samples of all the hive matrices (honey, pollen, wax and the bees themselves) were taken from all the hives and tested for local environmental pollution, including heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins and pesticides. While they are exploring their territory in search of nectar, pollen, propolis or water, bees collide with pollutant particles in suspension in the atmosphere. Bees’ range over areas with a radius of about three kilometers (two miles). For this reason, the positioning of the Ducati apiary is considered to be particularly representative, because it is located within a three-kilometer radius of high-impact activities such as Bologna Airport and the city’s industrial zone.
Trigeneration, also known as CCHP, is a system which uses a single fuel to simultaneously generate energy for heating, cooling and electricity.
The company’s trigeneration plant was commissioned in January 2016. It consists of two endothermic engines powered by methane gas that are used to produce electrical energy, thermal energy and cooling energy. The electricity produced by the trigeneration plant during 2020 met 86% of the Ducati factory’s total demand. The remaining electricity that must be purchased from the network is green energy (in 2020 entirely from wind farms).
This allows Ducati to successfully reduce its CO2 emissions by 49% in 2020 compared with 2013.
Awards in 2021
Top Employer Italia 2022
In recognition of the company’s excellent workplace environment and outstanding personnel management, Ducati has been certified as a “Top Employer Italia 2022” for the eighth year in succession. This annual certification is awarded by the Top Employers Institute.