The 19th edition of the leading event dedicated to innovative technologies for the manufacturing sector will take place at BolognaFiere from 23 to 25 November 2021. 1,800 exhibitors, 92,000 sq.m of exhibition surface, 13 halls, 46 special events and conferences to boost this sector’s recovery through digitisation, sustainability, and training
Finally, the optimism is increasing among manufacturers; after a rather complicated year, companies are ready to look ahead with renewed determination and to show all their worth.
In this moment of transition from the pandemic to a restart, they are not alone: by their side there is Italy’s main event dedicated to innovative technologies for the manufacturing industry. MECSPE’s 19th edition will take place from 23 to 25 November, for the first time at BolognaFiere.
The future is the key concept of Senaf’s event, which will focus on three major elements for Italy’s manufacturing sector: digitisation, sustainability, and training.
The event, including the innovative exhibition part, demonstrative units and processing islands, will focus on manufacturing technologies and industrial supply chains.
Digitisation and Training: Industry 4.0 and Competence Centres
MECSPE will also be the ideal place where the manufacturing industry can delve deep into the current trends through numerous special initiatives, like Gamification: the limitless factory.
Demos and interactive activities will allow exhibitors and visitors to experience the new concept of open factory with increasingly fewer limitations. A smart factory that attracts many young talents, which is what this sector needs to grow. We are facing the 4th industrial revolution, whose benefits must be fostered appropriately.
The first signs are clear: according to the MECSPE Observatory, 27% of companies has invested in digitisation due to the Covid situation. However, more effort is needed. Competence Centres, together with the Industry 4.0 plan and the measures implemented by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, have been established to accompany companies throughout this transition.
This year, MECSPE has introduced Piazza Competence Centre to showcase innovative Industry 4.0 projects and delve deep into hot topics, such as 5G, big data, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and enjoy orientation and training activities. Training is essential for the manufacturing industry.
According to the MECSPE Observatory, 46% of companies have already trained their personnel to complete the Industry 4.0 transformation, whereas 27% don’t feel ready yet. Continuous technological progress requires a cultural change to enhance the value of human capital and technological innovation.
Sustainable products and production processes
Digitisation and training go hand in hand with sustainability: 40% of companies believe to be environmentally friendly. However, knowing all the market’s latest offerings is essential to attract investments and improve their reputation.
The ecofriendly initiative “Io faccio di più” will put the spotlight on companies that have adopted sustainable production processes and sell organic or recycled products. The Materioteca Design Area is dedicated to “Blue economy”, which takes sustainability to the next level, creating value from waste through scientific and creative solutions.
Initiatives and awards for innovative SMEs and B2B startups
But there’s room for more. The Robotics Innovation Award will return for the sixth consecutive year. This event is organised by Automazione Integrata magazine in partnership with Gellify, a platform that connects B2B startups.
The Robotics Innovation Award is dedicated to companies, startups, universities, research centres, spin-offs (whether single or in a consortium) who own an innovative application as technology providers, system integrators and/or end-users.
Startup Factory – another initiative organised in partnership with Gellify – is also dedicated to innovative SMEs. This event aims at connecting startups and companies that want to promote their competitiveness and connect with the stakeholders of the manufacturing industry.
Finally, the Simulation Summit is Italy’s first independent conference dedicated to CAE (Computer-aided engineering) simulation within the industrial sector. Organised in partnership with E-FEM, this event is addressed to CAE users, engineers, mechanics, market players, and stakeholders. The goal is to promote a conscious and effective use of simulation in product development, focusing on future challenges.