MECSPE 2018 designs the factory of the future:

a benchmark for an Industry 4.0 that continues to perform

Milan, September 2017 – Approximately 60% of professions have at least 30% automated activities, and for 5% of the occupations the percentage of duties potentially performed by machines rises to 100%. This is the data emerging from a recent McKinsey study that shows how automation can improve productivity while simultaneously protecting the employment aspect. This trend is confirmed by recent data concerning the Industry 4.0 employment market in Italy: according to a study by Confartigianato, between July and September of this year, businesses plan to recruit 117,560 staff with technology innovation-related degrees, but are experiencing difficulties finding specialised workers. For example, 64% of potential recruits in the machine tool installation sector and 58% of numerical control machinery operators are “unavailable”.


A gap between young people and businesses that MECSPE, the manufacturing sector 4.0 show promoted by Senaf (Parma Fairground, from 22 to 24 March, 2018), strives to close: in a context where businesses are seeking concrete and effective answers, MECSPE is a proven link between companies that have accepted the innovation challenge and the new talents ready to take risks.


“In a scenario where data from industrial production confirms a structural recovery and, as recently photographed by Unioncamere, Italian exports are back to recording good results with +€ 26.7 billion in the 2014-2016 three-year period, creating opportunities for meetings and discussion on Industry 4.0 is an effective way to help relaunch the country – commented Emilio Bianchi, Director of Senaf – In this context, MECSPE is helping build the factory of the future, representing a must-attend event for the top ‘made in Italy’ manufacturing businesses that make innovation the key to their success”.


Precisely the “Digital Factory 4.0” will be one of the themes of the next edition of MECSPE: inside a single pavilion (Pav. 4) systems and innovations in digital integration will be introduced and discussed, helping design the industry of the future, a place where processes are more efficient, and where timing and costs are reduced. In order to increase the level of competitiveness of Italian companies, procedures and productions cannot be left out of the systematic use of digital platforms and the next edition of MECSPE, with its events focussing on the issues of the “fourth industrial revolution”, including collaborative robots, the internet of things and cloud manufacturing, will be the ideal opportunity to focus on the current state of affairs and the prospects of manufacturing industries in Italy.


In addition to the upcoming spring show in Parma, MECSPE is organising a series of events, divided by reference industry, whereby the major players in the sector that make our country a global excellence, involving top level entrepreneurs, trade associations and institutions, can engage in a dialogue. The “MECSPE Laboratories – DIGITAL FACTORY, the Italian way for Industry 4.0” will focus on “Plastics and Automotive” (Modena, 9 October), “Aluminium, Titanium, Magnesium and General Mechanical Engineering” (Brescia, 13 November) Materials, Composites and Aerospace” (Naples, 5 February) and also represent an opportunity to accompany businesses through the process of digitisation launched by the 4.0 National Industry Plan 4.0. There will also be a concluding stage at MECSPE addressing the theme of the central role that man, with his uniqueness and prerogatives, must continue to maintain in a digitised world.



 The numbers of MECSPE 2017

45,817 visitors, 105,000 sqm of exhibition space, 2,051 companies in attendance, 10 Squares of excellence, 58 Demonstrative units and processing islands, 7 product areas, 11 thematic shows, 75 training events organised by companies, universities and associations.


The MECSPE trade shows

Machines and Tools – machine tooling, tools and equipment; Digital Factory – IT technologies for smart factory management; Motek Italy – factory automation; Power Drive – Systems – Parts – Mechatronics; Control Italy – metrology and quality control; Logistics – logistics, machines and equipment management systems; Mechanical Subsupply – outsourced industrial processes; Electronic Subsupply – design, electronic processing and components and accessories; Eurostampi, Machinery and subsupply of plastic materials – moulds and moulding; plastic material and rubber processing; Additive Manufacturing – rapid prototyping and 3D printing; Surface Treatments – machines and systems for surface treatments and finishes; New exhibition of non-ferrous materials and alloys – aluminium, titanium, magnesium, composites and technologies.



For more information


Paola Gianderico – Davide Bruzzese

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