More than 2,024 exhibiting companies (on the podium in Europe for the number of exhibitors in 2021), 92,000 square meters of exhibition space, 13 salons, 10 pavilions, 46 special initiatives, and conventions to boost the sector’s recovery, based on three pillars: digitalization, sustainability, and training



Milan, 22 November 2021 – The Italian manufacturing sector is in good health and is ready to meet from tomorrow, the 23rd November until the 25th November at MECSPE, for the first time in the BolognaFiere pole. At the center of the 19th edition of the most important exhibition in Italy dedicated to manufacturing, there will be industrial innovation, declined in all the thematic strands of greatest interest for the future: digitalization, sustainability, and training.


There are many initiatives and appointments at the Bologna event, which can and will function as a driving force towards a new “renaissance” of manufacturing in a 4.0 key. This is demonstrated above all by the data on the companies that have chosen to exhibit at the fair organized by Senaf. In fact, more than 2,024 companies have joined MECSPE, which will be on the European podium for the number of exhibitors in 2021.


In general, it is a good moment for the country’s production. The last quarter of the year started on the right foot, marked by a further jump of the GDP (+2.6%) and by a positive trend also for the manufacturing, as confirmed by the data of the last MECSPE Observatory by Senaf on the second quarter of 2021[1] – that will be presented during the opening event of MECSPE on the 23rd of November. 74% of companies expect to close the year with an increase in turnover and 70% of them express satisfaction with the general business trend. It is the restarting effect of the last few months that instills optimism in entrepreneurs, in a phase in which, unfortunately, the bitter chapter of the pandemic is not yet completely closed.


This new edition of MECSPE is especially important for companies, which need to find themselves in presence after a year and a half of distance. – declares Maruska Sabato, Project Manager of MECSPE In this historical moment, it is fundamental to make culture and to give enterprises the tools to progress in the technological transformation 4.0. PNRR funds, for example, will be crucial to this, but we still see little awareness of all the opportunities on offer. At the same time, it is increasingly essential to attract the younger generation, showing them all the opportunities that Factory 4.0 can offer. We have decided to dedicate the “exhibition heart” of the first edition of MECSPE” to this, here in Bologna.


The first edition of MECSPE in BolognaFiere counts about 92 thousand square meters of exhibition area, 18 pavilions, 13 salons, 46 special initiatives and conventions, and more than 2.024 companies on display. Pavilions and halls tell the world of the manufacturing industry at 360°, in which ample space will be dedicated to production technologies and industrial supply chains, protagonists not only of the innovative exhibition area but also of the demonstration units and processing islands. The beating heart of MECSPE 2021 extends on 2,000 square meters of surface: Gamification: the factory without limits (pad. Service Center), a path full of demonstrative, interactive, and experiential activities that induce visitors and exhibitors to experience and observe closely the new factory concept, open, and without limits, and, at the same time, to approach the new generations. New features include the Piazza Competence Center  (Competence Center Square) (pav. 21), conceived to know closely the specificities of the six Competence Centers present at MECSPE with orientation activities, training, and innovative projects in the Industry 4.0 field.


Great attention to the theme of sustainability then with Percorso ECOfriendly – “Io faccio di più” (ECOfriendly path – “I do more”), the path of MECSPE dedicated to the main news about green production processes, production, and marketing of bio and/or recycled materials. The “Blue economy” theme is the subject of the Area Progettazione e Design by Materioteca  (pav. 36 – C18). In partnership with Gellify, Startup Factory (pav. 21), the project is designed to encourage the dialogue between startups and SMEs that want to promote their competitiveness and present themselves to stakeholders in the manufacturing industry. Finally, in Hall 26, operators will be able to visit the Piazza delle Fonderie (Foundry Square), an educational and exhibition area promoted by METEF, supported by the associations AIM, Assofond, FACE, and authoritative brands in the sector, which focuses the spotlight on the light alloy casting foundry and the recycling of aluminum, a young metal that is increasingly driving industry, research, and innovation.


At MECSPE 2021 there will be also many category associations, such as AIDAM (Italian Association of Automation and Mechatronics), Confindustria Cuneo, Confimi Industria, CNA Produzione, Collettiva Api Torino, Collettiva Apindustria Brescia, the Confartigianato Village and also, for this year, it is confirmed the space dedicated to Ascomut, the Ascomut Village, present at MECSPE for more than 15 editions.




The numbers of the next edition of MECSPE updated to 17th November 2021

92.000 square meters of exhibition space, over 2,024 companies present, 2,000 square meters of the Cuore Mostra Fabbrica Senza Limiti, 46 special initiatives, and conventions. Professional visitors are expected to be 50,000 safely.


MECSPE Exhibitions

Machines and Tools – Machine tools, Equipment, Tools and Design Software; Machines, Materials and Sheet Metal Working – Bending, Stamping, Cutting, Assembly, Welding, Materials and Software; Digital Factory – Industrial Informatics, IoT, Industrial Sensing, Cloud-manufacturing, Automatic Identification Technologies, Applications, Devices, Instrumentation and Intelligent Components for Process Interpretation and Interconnection; Logistics – Packaging, Packing, Handling, Material handling, Lean manufacturing, Warehouse management software, Supply chain management, Safety systems, PPE, Outsourcing; Mechanical Subcontracting – Precision mechanical processing, Metal carpentry, Mechanical construction, Fasteners, Foundries, Small parts, Wire processing, Contract industrial processing, Micromachining; Electronic Subcontracting – Cem (contract electronics manufacturer), Wiring harnesses, Ems (electronics manufacturing service), PCB (printed circuit board manufacturers), Engineering and design offices; Eurostampi, Machines and plastic, rubber and composites subcontracting – Plastics, rubber and composites processing, Machines and plants, Auxiliary equipment, Innovative materials, Molding, Extrusion, Packaging, Blowing, Molds, Models, Standardized components for molds, Design, Simulation and design software, Micromachining; Additive Manufacturing – 3D printing, Rapid prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing, Systems and services for reverse engineering, Additive technology, Materials, Services, Hardware: 3D printers and scanners, accessories, Simulation and design software; Treatments and Finishes – Surface Treatment Plants, Furnaces, Electroplating, Chemical and Electronic Processes, Washing, Metallization, Enameling, Galvanizing, Products and accessories for treatments, Heat Treatments, Painting; Non-Ferrous Materials and Alloys – Processing of non-ferrous materials (Aluminum, Titanium, Magnesium, Light Alloys), Die Castings, Foundries, Contract Industrial Processing, Technologies, Design, Engineering; Automation and Robotics – Automation and Robotics, Assembly, Assembly and Handling; Control and Quality – Certification and quality control, Metrology, Measuring instruments, Laboratory testing, Calibration, Analytical equipment, Vision; Power Drive – Mechanical power transmission devices, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Mechatronics, Motion control, Maintenance, Compressed air.

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[1] Methodological note: MECSPE Observatory was conducted by GRS Ricerca e Strategia on a sample of 619 Italian manufacturing companies, using the CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interviewing) method.