The places of the Canavese, where over time the activity was mainly concentrated metalworking are Forno, Valperga, Rivara, Cuorgnè, Rocca, Salassa, Busano and Front Canavese. Many companies operating in the field of forging and machining, predominance; this portion of Canavese has assumed the nickname "Little Ruhr". It is the second largest pole of metal production in Europe after the Ruhr in Germany.
The traditional engineering vocation of this area comes from a special skill in metalworking acquired over time by local people and facilitated by the specific morphological conditions of the area (plenty of natural energy sources and proximity to mining sites) in addiction to the particular geographic border, which has favored cultural and technical exchanges with the area beyond the Alps. Moreover, the High Canavese has significantly benefited from the second half of the nineteenth century, the strong industrial growth of the nearby city of Turin and the needs for military arsenal, then, consolidated its operative network in conjunction with powerful development of the automotive industry of Turin (the second half of the twentieth century), which has provided the mechanical components, becoming one of the most important engineering regions in Europe.
The iron working in Forno Canavese has deep roots that never were forgotten by its inhabitants and which over the centuries have led to great results, able to enter the small industries on the European scene and internationally.