About one hundred Italian companies are exhibiting at IMTS – the reference exhibition for the American market dedicated to machine tools, robots and automation – which is taking place almost one month before 31.BI-MU, the biennial trade show of the sector on stage at fieramilano Rho from 9 to 13 October 2018.
The dynamism of the US market, second worldwide in terms of consumption after China, is a further attraction for Italian manufacturers, who have always participated in a large number in the event.
With a 6.2% growth, the demand for machine tools shown by the area reached 6.7 billion euro in 2017. Italians are the fourth suppliers of American users with regard to manufacturing systems, covering, with their product offering, the totality of the destination sectors that are typical of the local manufacturing industry: from the automotive to the aerospace, from electrical and electronic equipment to precision instruments.
Despite the fall registered by Italian exports in the last period, the USA are the third destination area for the Made in Italy of the sector, with an 8.5% share on the total exported, after Germany (12.9%) and China (10.5%).
In particular, in the first five months of 2018, the sales of Italian machine tools amounted to 110 million euro (-15.5% compared with the same period of 2017).
The relevance of the US market and the positive situation that the local manufacturing industry is presently experiencing encouraged the Italian manufacturers to exhibit in this trade show, considerably increasing their presence, up by 30% versus the 2016 edition.
“The goal of Italian manufacturers – stated Massimo Carboniero, President of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE – is to strengthen their role in the US area, but also in Mexico and in the countries of South America and particularly in Brazil, where our sales had a strong upturn in 2017. Therefore, IMTS is the ideal event to present our product offering and for this reason, the Italian participation is even more numerous than in the last edition”.
“After all – continued Massimo Carboniero – during the numerous meetings I had with Italian exhibitors, US users, – acknowledged to be among the most demanding customers in the international scenario – and with foreign delegations over the last days, I could ascertain that our Made in Italy offering is recognised to have a further added value, linked to the introduction of digital technologies, now making up an integral part of our machines. Starting with these considerations – concluded President Carboniero – Italian manufacturers are working intensively to increase their presence in this very important market”.
The Italian participation, supported by ICE-Chicago and UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, could rely on a series of promotional initiatives: an information stand of UCIMU available at the trade show; distribution of Made by Italians leaflets; coordinated artwork distributed at the stands of UCIMU member companies; advertising campaign on city public transport and the traditional event “The Italian Night”.
After the success achieved in 2016, the traditional “Italian Night” was organised again on cruise on the river of Chicago and on Lake Michigan: it hosted about 200 guests among Italian exhibitors, American users, representatives of local media and of local and international institutions.
The soirée was introduced by the Consul General of Italy in Chicago, Giuseppe Finocchiaro, by Massimo Carboniero, President of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, by Edward Christopher, Vice President of Global Services AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology, and by Marco Saladini, Director of Italian Trade Agency, Chicago.
The Italian companies exhibiting at IMTS 2018 directly are the following:
Arcos, Automator International, Automazioni Industriali, Az, Balance Systems, Blm – Blm Group, Breton, Bucci Automations, Buffoli Transfer, Capellini, C.B. Ferrari, Cemastir Lavametalli, Cemb, Cms, Duci, Elesa, Famar, Fidia, F.lli Paris, Fluorten, Fpt Industrie, Galdabini, General Europe Vacuum, Gerardi, Gnutti Transfer, Ilme, Imsa, Innse-Berardi, Itaca, Jobs, Losma, Ltf, Make, Mandelli Sistemi, Marposs, Meccanica Nova, Mecolpress, Melchiorre, Millutensil, Num, Omg, Omlat, Open Technologies, Oringone, Pama, Parpas – Omv, Peron Speed International, Pietro Carnaghi, Porta Solutions, Promac, Regg-Inspection, Rem Industrie, Riello Sistemi, Roboris, Robot Service, Rtm, Safop, Sala, Samputensili, Saporiti, Siboni, Sinter Sud, Speroni, Tacchi Giacomo, Tecnofirma, Tecnomacchine, Tecno Più, Top Automazioni, Turbotecnica, UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE/ITA-Italian Trade Agency (International Trade Association Area), Unigen Steel Engineering, Vaccari, Vici, Vigel, Viotto. In addition, other enterprises are exhibiting indirectly.
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