IRIS is a strong innovative SME, based in the industrial area of ​​Turin, specialized in the development of innovative technologies for the circular economy in small-scale industrial and civil institutions.

Founded in 2012 by 4 friends who decided to combine skills, experiences and ideas in a new business project to bring to the market solutions based on the application of laser and plasma technology that stood out for efficiency and competitiveness even on small-scale applications often neglected by the market despite the size of the demand.


Manuel Lai

Engineer, graduated from the Polytechnic of Turin, dedicated his entire life to technological innovation: 18 years at the Fiat Research Center in the Manufacturing Innovation area before founding IRIS and continuing to develop new applications with passion. In over 25 years of work, it has developed a network of contacts and collaborations that gathers, throughout Europe, the most important institutions of the industrial research system. He is the owner, as inventor, of a lot of patents including the mini plasma treatment system with which IRIS was born.

Carlo Ferraro

Metalworking entrepreneur with passion for technology and computer science. In 2002 he acquired shares in a small engineering company founded as a spin-off of Prima Industrie. In 2008 he founded Laserlam, which in a recession context manages to grow and become a solid point of reference for efficient, flexible and industrial engineering production, also for very small lots, focusing on the skills of the staff and on stable investments in R&D.

Paolo Calefati

Currently holds the role of Innovation Vice President for the Prima Industrie Group and Vice President for business development of the Prima Additive division. He deals with technological innovation, strategic partnerships in the field of business development for additive manufacturing and for innovative technologies. He collaborates with European universities and research centers in the field of projects aimed at developing new technologies for industrial and production processes.

Massimiliano Bianchi

Lawyer at the Fubini Jorio Cavalli law firm in Turin, of which he has been a partner since 2014.

IRIS, in recent years, has developed a path of growth and development in two areas:

Process technology

IRIS develops industrial applications of laser and plasma technology, with a particular focus on welding and additive manufacturing processes.

Circular Economy

IRIS develops functional modules for the recovery of resources, water, energy, raw materials from matrices otherwise destined to be wastes. IRIS is specialized in small-scale treatment solutions, ideal for facilitating the launch of circular economy concepts in isolated places (rural areas, hamlets, refuges, boats, off-grid contexts) or in small communities that need to be self-sufficient (energetic communities, small municipalities, small urban districts).


IRIS is member of MESAP, the “Smart Products and Manufacturing” regional innovation hub and is an active part of a large network of collaborations with a European dimension that includes the most excellent research institutes for the themes of the transition to circular economy and innovative applications of laser and plasma technologies.

IRIS is the ideal partner for those interested in applying new technologies thanks to the strong operational flexibility, that allows them to satisfy the most particular and demanding requests: IRIS is able both to develop and integrate “turnkey” solutions for many industrial, treatment or circular economy processes, to offer advice on specific and difficult situations that require experimental validation tests, and to facilitate technology transfer and skills to customers who request it. In the environmental field, IRIS‘ techno-rural specialization allows it to successfully meet the expectations of those who want to improve technological innovation to catalyze rural economic development.


IRIS has in its DNA a constant search for innovation as a tool to develop high-tech technological processes.


This approach guides every single action of the IRIS team and is the engine of the projects that develop year after year, both in the industrial sector and in environmental applications.

IRIS promotes a vision of technology at the service of environment and society, capable of interpreting and meeting contemporary challenges, in particular about issues of the transition to circular economy.

IRIS believes in participatory collaboration and encourages the creation of a continuous and constructive dialogue with the academic world, with a view to exchanging and sharing results, with the aim of bringing scientific research closer to the market.


IRIS invests in new generations, supporting growth paths based on the development of skills and offering training opportunities, also at an international level.

IRIS supports a company culture in which socio-economic growth is coherent with a homogeneous development of resources and territory. There can be no sustainability if we do not put the well-being of individuals and the world around us at the centre of their actions.



IRIS is part of a group of high-tech manufacturing SMEs headed by Laserlam, which has created a center specialized in laser, plasma and metal sheet processing technologies.

Thanks to the sharing of know-how and skills within the group, IRIS is able to build prototype technological demonstrators and to test new processes/equipment in an industrial environment. The results of the process tests can be quickly launched towards production, relying on the robust organizative structure and production structure of Laserlam, or towards industrialization through the construction ex novo of the most suitable plant solution, relying on the skills of the shared company Progetto Laser.

In the environmental field, IRIS supports and takes advantage of the collaboration of Walden, a technological start-up, born in 2019, active in the field of sustainable management / use of natural resources, the supply of forest products and the offer of renewable energy services and of Ambornetti, an entity created to start the recovery of an abandoned village through the creation of an eco-sustainable resort that will also use the innovative technologies patented by IRIS.