EMO 2017 Signs of an upswing: Italian machine tool sector has recovered since the economic crisis
Ucimu, the Italian association reports an upswing for the national machine tool industry in 2016. The upward trend is expected to continue in 2017.
At its press conference at EMO Hannover, Ucimu, the Italian Machine Tools, Robots and Automation Manufacturers' Association, proudly announced a production increase of 6.4% for 2016. According to the association, this trend is due to an increase of deliveries for the domestic market. However, exports decreased in 2016 by 4%, retunring to the level of 2014.
According to Massimo Carboniero, President of Ucimu, the positive development can be explained with the Industry 4.0 initiative by the Italian government. Programmes like Super-Depreciation and Hyper-Depreciation support manufacturers in their modernisation efforts. Replacements of old machines and purchases of new technology that supports automation and digitalisation are encouraged and subsidised.
Ucimo took the chance of the press conference to present the new concept of the BI-MU trade show. General manager Alfredo Mariotti announced that the 31st edition of the trade show for metal cutting and metal forming machine tools will be very different from the previous shows.
"There will be a strong focus on digital technology," he said. Consequently, the motto of the trade fair will be "The digital era of machine tools". The trade show will feature a number of new innovation areas, including "Fabricafutura" (Futurefactory), "Robot Planet" and "BI-MU Startupper".
UCIMU – Italian Machine Tools, Robots and Automation Manufacturers' Association, www.ucimu.it, Hall 16, Booth C64