With the Italian economy contracting, it’s important to note that while the country is not consuming a large number of machine tools, it certainly is exporting them. In fact, Italy ranked third as a major machine tool exporter in 2011, with exports totaling roughly $4,207,030. In 2012, that number is expected to grow to about $4,848,036,000.
This information was presented to international journalists by UCIMU, the Italian machine tools, robots and automation manufacturer’s association at the 28th edition of Bi-Mu, Italy’s biennial machine tool show. The show took place October 2 through 6 at the Fieramilano exhibition center in Milan. It attracted 58,875 visitors from 77 different countries and 1,160 exhibitors displaying 3,000 machines in the 90,000 square meters of floor space. You can see a small sampling of the machines on display in this slideshow.
Luigi Galdabini, president of UCIMU-Sistemi Per Produrre says that, “In spite of the difficult situation, and the recession affecting most countries of the Euro Zone, the show was successful in maintaining its size, even exceeding targets with a cautious optimism that gives hope for the near future.”
The show also focused on the impact of machine tools on daily life through the special exhibition event “Things for life. Technologies of doing.” This exhibit featured daily meetings with industry experts and provided an interactive path for students to see how products are made using machine tools. According to UCIMU, students generally want to stay in the office and not work in the plant because pants are thought to be dirty and noisy. One way to change this misperception is to show students the complicated, advanced products that are being manufactured in today’s shops and to make them aware of manufacturing as a viable, well-paying career opportunity.
The next show will take place September 30 – October 4, 2014 at the Fieramilano exhibition center.