Lamiera 2023 Italian metalworking industry starts 2023 on a positive note
From 10 to 13 May, 2023, Lamiera, the international exhibition dedicated to sheet metal forming and cutting machines and related technologies, will take place at Fieramilano Rho in Milan, Italy. Despite several economic headwinds, the Italian metalworking industry is optimistic — not least because of attractive government incentives.
Promoted by Ucimu-Sistemi per Produrre, the Italian machine tools, robots and automation systems manufacturers’ association, and organised by CEU-Centro Esposizioni Ucimu, Lamiera will provide a meeting place for the international metalworking industry. According to the organizer Centro Esposizioni Ucimu, the economic framework in Italy is still favourable despite some factors of uncertainty. Visitors will have a very dynamic and receptive Italian market at their disposal, also thanks to the government incentives in force until after 2023. After an extremely positive 2021, in the first six months of 2022, the Italian industry of the sector confirmed its growth trend, registering double-digit increases in the international trade data concerning the exchange of sheet metal forming and cutting machines.
In particular, in the period January-June 2022, the world exports of sheet metal forming and cutting machine tools (laser, waterjet, plasma, etc.) reported a twelve percent upturn compared with the same period of 2021, totalling more than eight billion euro. Worldwide imports also grew, by 16 percent, exceeding six billion euro. In this context, Italy highlighted highly satisfactory performances, confirming to be the second most important consumer market in the world in 2021 (latest available data).
“Supported by the Government incentives 4.0, in effect for the whole year 2023 and afterwards, domestic demand will certainly reward the exhibitors participating in Lamiera,” said Alfredo Mariotti, general manager of Ucimu-Sistemi per Produrre.
The organisation registered not only the usual exhibitors, representing all major segments in the repertoire, but also by new enterprises, as well as by companies that have decided to exhibit again at the trade fair after years of absence. “Confirmations, new entries and returns show how significant the interest is in this event, which, edition after edition, has been stabilising its position as the only trade fair of reference for the sector in Italy and improving its appeal even to foreign operators, thus strengthening its image worldwide,” added Alfredo Mariotti.
Machines, systems, equipment for sheet metal processing and cutting, tubes, sections, wires, metal structural work, presses, dies and moulds, welding, surface treatments and finishing, parts, components, accessories, tooling, fastener materials, technical and industrial subcontracting are some of the traditional technologies on show.
Besides the large offering of machinery, plants and equipment for sheet metal processing and cutting, tubes, sections, wires, metal structural work, the exhibition will focus on six technological themes that have an increasingly crucial impact on the sector today. Factory of the Future, dedicated to software and technologies for connectivity, data management, automation, robotics and digital systems applied to sheet metal processing; Saldatech, offering an overview of the wide and diversified world of welding, one of the most important sheet-metal joining technologies; Fastener Industry, presenting a proposal of screws, bolts, fastening and clamping systems; World of Heat and Surface Treatments, hosting machines, systems, accessories and consumables centred on pre- and post-production treatments, for ferrous and non-ferrous materials, offering a complete overview of this segment that is continuously developing; Metrology & Testing, focused on testing, measuring and quality-control systems and machines, which are essential for production in this field; Blech Italy Service, technical subcontracting and services for the industry of the sector.
In addition, as usual, Lamiera will propose a full programme of in-depth cultural, thematic meetings arranged by the organisers and the exhibitors. The meetings will be hosted at Lamialamiera, a real arena that will be set up within one of the exhibition halls to facilitate a free participation of the present operators.
The trade show will take place in partial conjunction with Made in Steel, the exhibition dedicated to the production chain of steel, which will be held in the halls next to those occupied by Lamiera, thus enabling operators and journalists to visit the two separate but complementary events on one business trip.