Training 4.0: MECSPE opens its first LIVE ACADEMY during its 20th  Edition

Training 4.0: MECSPE opens its first LIVE ACADEMY during its 20th  Edition

The main exhibition, dedicated to innovative technologies for the manufacturing industry, returns to BolognaFiere from the 9th to the 11th of June 2022 with a new ” core ” exhibition, in collaboration with the Competence Center and the companies; this core exhibition has been developed following the 4.0 the training needs for the whole industry sector.


Milan, XXth of April, 2022 – Digitization is accelerating and, in Italy, the demand for highly specialized skills, in the factory and in the company, is increasingly growing. And, while according to Senaf ‘s latest  MECSPE Observatory on the third quarter of 2021[1], 71% of SMEs in the Italian manufacturing industry have already hired, trained or plan to integrate new figures with appropriate skills to achieve the 4.0 transformation, only 51% of these companies are able to identify the staff’s skill sets as essential for the company growth. Therefore, the industrial sector still has a long way to go, but outlooking a positive perspective, thanks to incentives and state funds. These incentives and funds include the tax credit for 4.0 training, which will draw directly from PNRR funds, and the New Skills Fund, a tool used, according to the MECSPE Observatory, by 37% of entrepreneurs already.

In order to lead manufacturing companies in the necessary path of 4.0 adaptation, during the 20ᵃ edition of MECSPE the most important exhibition in Italy dedicated to manufacturing and organized by Senaf, scheduled from the 9th to the 11th of June at BolognaFiere, will be inaugurated for the first time the MECSPE LIVE ACADEMY, the “core” of MECSPE 2022 dedicated to the training of competences for the digital factory.

The new special flagship initiative of MECSPE 2022 will be developed on an area of 2,500 square meters and is realized with the support of companies and as many as six out of the eight national Competence Centres established by Mise to help companies in their path of digital transformation: Artes 4.0, Bi-Rex, Cim 4.0, Made, Smact e Start4.0. To date, however, there are still few Italian SMEs that collaborate with the Competence Centres (9%) and thanks to MECSPE LIVE ACADEMY, entrepreneurs and visitors of all ages, including students between 18 and 24 years old, will be able to know these situations closely and get immersed in short training courses in order to see from inside the potential of each technology on the digital factory production system. It will be possible to deepen the competencies required for the functioning of the digital factory, both technical, the so-called “digital hard skills“, and managerial, the “digital soft skills“. The objective of MECSPE LIVE ACADEMY is to spread a “data-driven” industrial culture aimed at preventing errors and malfunctions, improving the efficiency of production processes, and reducing the  waste and slow-downs.

The demonstration area will be managed directly by the Competence Centres, and they will be able to show and touch some of their most innovative projects developed together with companies. From the use of the “virtual factory“, the twin of the real factory to enable immediate decisions, to the combined use of collaborative robots and perception and learning systems or to an in-depth look at deep learning, artificial intelligence and machine vision systems for quality control needs. MECSPE LIVE ACADEMY will not end at the end of the fair but will continue, in the months following the event, with online courses on the same topics in collaboration with Tecniche Nuove Academy.

With its 20ᵃ edition MECSPE confirms its own format, always oriented to a concrete approach of the most recent technological innovations in the industrial field to help enterprises in the 4.0 transformation – says Maruska Sabato, Project Manager of MECSPEThis renews the precious collaboration with the Competence Centers, that, thanks to the new funds of PNRR, will play a strategic role for the development of the whole sector. We are confident that the new demonstration area will be attractive not only to established entrepreneurs and professionals but also to the younger generation, which plays a key role in the growth of our production system.”.

The next edition of MECSPE will develop on 92,000 square meters of exhibition area, divided into 13 thematic halls in the different pavilions involved. An appointment that will bring together all the main players in the manufacturing chain and that will be the stage of numerous initiatives and special events that follow the three thematic strands inspired by the pillars for growth in key 4.0: in addition to training, also digitalization and sustainability.

According to the latest data from the MECSPE Observatory, in fact, in 74% of cases, the road to digitization has already been taken and is on the rise (especially for 40% of companies), with growing investments in cybersecurity (41%), collaborative robotics (28%) and Internet of Things (23%). In this regard, MECSPE includes in its programme the Simulation Summit, the first independent Italian conference on CAE simulation in industry, and, for the seventh consecutive year, there will be the Solution Award”, the Robotics Innovation Award to enhance the best industrial or service robotics application implemented by Italian companies. Furthermore, the Area System Integrator by Yaskawa will focus on synergy and close collaboration between robot manufacturer Yaskawa and system integrators.

There is also a strong focus on the best eco-sustainable solutions among companies with the ECOfriendly Path – “I do more”, and with the Area Progettazione e Design by Materioteca, dedicated to the theme of lightweight, considered as one of the basic factors of sustainability. Also in 2022, MECSPE dedicates wide space to the Startup Factory, the area intended to favour the dialogue between startups and small, medium and big enterprises. Finally, at the same time as MECSPE, METEF will take place, the international expo for the aluminium, foundry and die-casting industry, for transformations, processing, finishes and end uses.


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Facts and figures of the last edition of MECSPE

48.562 trade visitors, 92,000 square metres of exhibition space, 2, 024 companies present, 2,000 square metres of the Cuore Mostra Fabbrica Senza Limiti, 46 special initiatives and conferences.

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, Moulding, Extrusion, Packaging, Blowing, Moulds, Models, Standardised components for moulds, 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, Enamelling, Galvanizing, Products and accessories for treatments, Heat Treatments, Painting; Non-Ferrous Materials and Alloys – Processing of non-ferrous materials (Aluminium, 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 (research and strategy) on a sample of 980 Italian manufacturing companies, using the CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interviewing) method.