Target 2035: Energy transition and mobility of the future at the heart of the 21st MECSPE

Target 2035: Energy transition and mobility of the future at the heart of the 21st MECSPE

The leading exhibition dedicated to industry returns to BolognaFiere from 29 to 31 March, 2023, with a new exhibition centre, many conferences and initiatives dedicated to sustainability: from renewable energy to electric motors, all the solutions to help companies in their green transition

Milan, Dec. 06, 2022 – Energy price hikes and inflation are not affecting total industry turnover, which, as measured by Istat, had a  +18.0 per cent tendential growth in September. This is a positive fact that encourages companies to continue on their path of growth, which, however, must come to terms with national and European sustainability targets. Indeed, among the ambitious goals in support of the environment is the one set by the European Union to eliminate, by 2035, all diesel and gasoline cars and replace them only with zero-emission cars (e.g., electric or hydrogen), a truly green revolution for the automotive sector that implies major investments and innovations in the industrial field. In November, car production increased by +14.7 per cent—although it does not hold a  comparison to 2019—and more and more automakers are trying to adopt new ways of making non-polluting cars. In Italy we are talking about 4.2 per cent of the total production, a figure still below the European average of 20.4 per cent[1]. There is therefore still some way to go by 2035.


With the aim of helping companies in the supply chain find the right solutions to implement this renewal, MECSPE, —the leading Italian trade fair dedicated to the manufacturing industry organized by Senaf, scheduled from 29 to 31 March, 2023, at BolognaFiere—dedicates the core of its 21st edition precisely to these issues, with a 2,000-square-meter area entitled Energy Transition and Mobility of the Future. At the centre of this large exhibition area, experts, professionals, entrepreneurs, and institutional figures will have the opportunity to discuss the technologies and solutions for the new mobility, from electric vehicles to hydrogen ones and biofuels, and visitors will be able to visit functioning demonstration units created by the exhibitors, which will showcase technologies and processes intended for the sustainable mobility sector from design to production, all in a logic of circularity and optimization of energy efficiency. AUTOMOTIVE, BUT NOT ONLY. The debate on alternative energy sources will reach across the supply chain through new, more sustainable avenues and will also be extended to include current topics within the manufacturing sector such as reshoring, remanufacturing, and metal replacement, with a focus on new materials.


These are all issues that are already of interest to companies that are increasingly looking for new ways to help protect the environment: in fact, the latest MECSPE Observatory data on the second quarter of 2022 reveal that four out of ten entrepreneurs already consider their companies green and sustainable. The main measures put in place are the use of energy-efficient devices (61 per cent), the purchase of efficient and next-generation machinery (51 per cent), and the installation of renewable energy production systems (42 per cent).


“Despite the efforts already undertaken by many companies, there are still quite a few entrepreneurs facing the energy transition today, at a particularly complex stage for the economy. Therefore, we decided to dedicate the core of MECSPE, which for years has been a hub for new technologies for the industry in our country, to these issues, with a rich program of meetings and initiatives on the subject.” comments Maruska Sabato, Project Manager of MECSPE, “Sustainability is an indispensable element of doing business, and it is encouraging to see how green awareness is spreading in the industry sector, not least because the link between innovation and sustainability is inseparable in order to achieve ambitious international environmental targets.”


In fact, sustainability in the industry is one of the three main strands, along with education and innovation, on which the substantial program of events and initiatives of MECSPE 2023 unfolds. In particular, there will also be of Ecofriendly – I do more in 2023, a real and virtual journey among exhibitors who in their business practices stand out for their special attention to the environment with new and inspiring solutions for visitors.

A new feature of this edition will be the Green Plastix Arena, an area where companies will present their innovations based on the concept of circular economy where digitization is a key factor for resource management efficiency. Within the arena, several sectors will be involved: packaging, food, mobility and transportation, medical/health care, consumer goods, electrical, and electronics.


Concurrently to MECSPE will take place METEF, the international expo dedicated to Senaf’s aluminium supply chain, a central sector for industrial production in a sustainable way. Finally, in 2023, MECSPE will double its date and will also be held in Bari from 23 to 25 November with “Focus Mediterraneo” at the Nuova Fiera del Levante, with an edition dedicated to the development of 4.0 technologies and a proposal increasingly focused on sustainability and innovation of production processes.


The numbers of MECSPE 2022

393,48 professional visitors, 92,000 sq m di exhibition area, 2,000 participating companies, 2,000 sq m of the Exhibition Core MECSPE LIVE ACADEMY, 16 special events 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, 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, 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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