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EMO MILANO 2021 Extends Opportunities To Korean Exhibitors

EMO MILANO 2021 Extends Opportunities To Korean Exhibitors

A Press Conference for the South Korean public was held to present EMO MILANO 2021, the world exhibition of reference for the metalworking machine tool manufacturing industry, scheduled to take place at fieramilano in October 2021.

The speakers of the meeting, which was web-streamed, were Mr Luigi Galdabini, General Commissioner of EMO MILANO 2021, Mr So-Ahn Kang, Director General at KOMMA, Korea Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association, and Mr Vincenzo Calì, Italian Trade Commissioner – Italian Trade Agency Seoul – Korea.

Promoted by CECIMO, the European Association of Machine Tool Industries, EMO MILANO 2021 will take place at fieramilano Rho from 4 to 9 October, when the recovery of investment should already have started.

Indeed, according to the forecasts processed by Oxford Economics, after a 23.4 percent fall registered in 2020, the year 2021 should bring about a recovery in machine tool consumption worldwide, expected to grow by +18.4 percent to 61 billion euro, (Asia 33 billion euro, +15.6 percent; Europe 17 billion euro, +23.5 percent; Americas 12 billion euro, +19.7 percent).

If we observe the single countries, all of them should experience a demand recovery, likely to continue also in 2022 and in 2023. Focusing on Europe, in 2021 both Italy (3.1 billion euro, + 38.2 percent) and Germany (5.7 billion euro, +20.9 percent) should again see a plus sign with regard to investment in production technologies. The growth trend is confirmed for both countries also in the two-year period 2022-2023.

Italian Government set up special fiscal incentives, which consists on tax credit up to 50 percent, for Italian companies investing, in 2021 and 2022, in new machine tools, robots, automation systems, 4.0 and digital technologies. This is a great business opportunity for all the exhibitors (from all over the world), and, in particular, for Korean machine tools builders, as South Korea is third in Italian machine tool import ranking.

South Korea has always been well represented at the world machine tool exhibition, as proven by the attendance data referred to the last edition of EMO MILANO (2015). In 2015, 45 Korean exhibitors participated in EMO MILANO. According to these data, South Korea ranked eighth by number of exhibitors, and in sixth place by exhibit surface. With 2.112 units, 2.6 percent of the total, South Korea came in fourth by number of visitors among Asian countries.

Luigi Galdabini added: “With specific reference to the Italian marketplace, Korean manufacturers should be aware that, for the two-year period 2021-2022, the Italian Government authorities have established a full package of incentive measures for purchasing new, traditional and digital production systems, i.e. related to the issue of smart manufacturing integration”.

“Exhibiting at EMO MILANO 2021 will thus be an excellent opportunity to identify and fulfil Italian demand, supported by these measures, as well as the demand expressed by foreign operators, who have always attended the world machine tool exhibition” concluded the General Commissioner.

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Decrease In Machine Tool Orders In Third Quarter 2019

Decrease In Machine Tool Orders In Third Quarter 2019

In the third quarter 2019, the UCIMU index showed an 18.6 percent fall of machine tool orders compared with the same period of the previous year. The absolute value of the index was 69 (basis 100 in 2015). The overall outcome was due to the negative trend registered both in the domestic and in the foreign markets.

In particular, the orders collected by the manufacturers in the domestic market highlighted a 19.3 percent downturn compared with the period July-September 2018. Even on the foreign front, the manufacturers registered a considerable reduction in their orders, down by 14 percent versus the third quarter 2018.

Massimo Carboniero, President of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, stated: “Unfortunately, 2019 has confirmed to be a year of contraction for the Italian manufacturers of machine tools, robots and automation systems, who experienced a drop both in the domestic and in the foreign markets.”

“The trade conflict between the two economic powers, (the United States and China), the recession of driving sectors for the manufacturing industry, (principally the automotive), and the outbreaks of war in hot spots of the world make the activity of the manufacturing enterprises particularly complicated and the future decidedly uncertain.”

In this scenario, already complex in itself, the Italian industrial system risks being even more penalised by the still undecided attitude of the Government authorities, engaged with the definition of the Budget Law 2020 and with the allocation of the (scarce) resources available.

“Now more than ever, our country needs a plan that can support the investments and development of the manufacturing industry, which is also the real “activator” of employment. In this connection, the reduction of tax wedge to the benefit of employees is appreciable, provided that it has an appropriate economic coverage. However, this is not enough,” said Carboniero.

An overall package of provision for the enterprise growth should be implemented, with the aim of encouraging the continuation of modernisation and transformation within Italian factories to improve the country’s competitiveness. The Package for the Enterprise Growth should include all tax benefits related to Research & Development and to Super- and Hyper-Depreciation for the investments in new machinery, software and automation, and for the technologies related to environmental issues.

Furthermore, a programme of professional education and training 4.0 should be planned also for 2020, which can allow staff updating according to the new requirements of digitalised factories. Currently, tax credit is calculated only on the costs of the personnel involved in professional education and training for the refresher hours attended. On the contrary, the tax credit should be reviewed in such a way as to include the cost of teachers and trainers, the most onerous expense item especially for a SME.

“We ask the Government authorities to plan a special action to support the creation of enterprise networks for the study and analysis of specific areas or sectors of destination. Preparatory to the definition of the trade activity, the projects concerning the study and analysis of a particular market are often onerous and thus difficult to bear for a SME. In this connection, an enterprise network certainly represents a valid solution to this need,” concluded Carboniero.

 

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LVD Announces Acquisition Of Italian Industrial Automation Firm, COMPAC S.r.l.

LVD Announces Acquisition Of Italian Industrial Automation Firm, COMPAC S.r.l.

LVD Company nv has acquired COMPAC S.r.l. of Urbino, Italy, an industrial automation solutions provider. LVD has partnered with COMPAC since 2016 to produce automatic warehouse systems for numerous LVD laser cutting equipment installations in Italy. The acquisition expands LVD’s portfolio of automation systems for flat sheet and tube laser cutting machinery at a time when sheet metal fabricators are increasingly automating their production processes to improve overall efficiency.

A 30-year-old, family-owned business, COMPAC S.r.l. specialises in the design, manufacture and integration of high-tech automatic warehouse systems, input and output handling systems, load and unload devices, and custom automation systems for industry. COMPAC has steadily grown its business and automation products. Its automation solutions are diverse, including handling systems for magazine and cardboard industries and conveyor lines for metal cleaning machines.

With the acquisition, COMPAC becomes part of the LVD Group. LVD will add COMPAC systems for metal fabrication to its automation offerings, broadening the choice of solutions for its punch press, fiber laser and tube laser cutting machines for customers worldwide. The metal fabrication systems will be branded as LVD. COMPAC will retain its brand for automation solutions supplied to other markets. All COMPAC products will continue to be manufactured at its leading-edge 7000m2 production site in Italy.

“COMPAC is an innovative manufacturer with a strong engineering mindset and a proven history of advanced automation solutions,” explained LVD President and Managing Director, Carl Dewulf. “Our acquisition of COMPAC was driven by our interest in securing a strong future for our automation product line, to offer our customers the most advanced and reliable automation technology to keep pace with the advances of fiber laser cutting. With COMPAC as part of the LVD Group, we gain additional automation know-how and systems experience.”

 

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Industry 4.0: Is The Italian Machine Tool Industry Ready For The Challenge

Industry 4.0: Is The Italian Machine Tool Industry Ready For The Challenge

With new technologies and new skills Industry 4.0, Marco Taisch explains how enterprises in Italy will adapt.

Marco Taisch, professor of operations management and advanced and sustainable manufacturing at the School of Management of the Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan), is committed at the forefront with regards to the issue of Industry 4.0 and of IoT application to the manufacturing industry.

Q: Industry 4.0 is also defined as the “fourth industrial revolution”. What is the real meaning of “revolution” in this case?

Marcho Taisch (MT): One of the most revolutionary aspects of Industry 4.0 is, first of all, the impact it has had on the Italian economic stage. In a very short time, this new approach allowed the brining of the manufacturing industry back to the centre of attention of Italian institutions and economic players with an explosive effect, to say the least.

As far as the definition is concerned, many people consider Industry 4.0 as a real revolution; others see it as a pronounced effect.

In my opinion, Industry 4.0 combines technological innovation, which materialises in the spread of IoT technologies within factories, with a deep organisation change. In other words, the real revolution is primarily cultural: processes, tasks, professional profiles are changing and so are the 
required skills.

Q: If professional profiles are changing, should fundamental training processes be updated?

MT: Of course. There are very good universities capable of offering appropriate training to young people, enabling them to enter the work market and become real resources for enterprises.

In any case, technological training is made not only in polytechnic universities and other kinds of universities. It is important that even technical institutes should work on programmes, so that they may be as close as possible to the requirements of the industry. The industry is dramatically accelerating its development through digitalisation.

Q: Let’s come back to technologies and to the impact of Industry 4.0 on the Italian industry.

MT: Italy is the second-largest manufacturing country in Europe. To maintain and, if possible, even to improve this position, it is necessary not only to pass through a generic traditional innovation, but on the contrary, there must be a process of factory digitalisation. The aim is to facilitate and support the spread of the enterprises’ connectivity.

In practise, this means the creation of smart manufacturing, such as the production of products and services with the support of information technologies, and the creation of new business models. This is an intense programme which can, however, definitely be sustained by the Italian enterprises — provided that in the approach to this issue our peculiarities are respected.

Q: Could you please elaborate?

MT: The Italian manufacturing industry is recognised worldwide for its quality and strong customisation of product offerings. However, the “Made in Italy” characterisation is missing and we must enhance the importance of this part.

As a country we can work towards a digitalised manufacturing industry for advanced design, where the leading role is played by people who must adequately be trained and updated. We must concentrate on this aspect.

On the other hand, in some sectors, for example that of machinery and production systems, there is already a lot of innovative technology related to Industry 4.0, at least partially. The challenge is to increase the connectivity level, for example that of machines, so that they can increasingly collect, treat, process and allow data sharing — 
even remotely.

Q: Are enterprises able to do this by themselves?

MT: Starting from the assumption that the innovation level is not homogeneous, it is reasonable to suppose that some companies need assistance. For this purpose, universities, professional associations, territorial and extra-territorial institutions have already taken active steps to provide “information” in a wider sense, with particular attention given to SMEs.

Q: What are the real opportunities for SMEs to get informed?

MT: In a situation of communication overload, there is no denying that it may become difficult to be oriented. However, I would stress that there are numerous opportunities to reasonably debate and closely verify the possible applications of the new Industry 4.0 approach also with regard to our industry. Relying on qualified people considerably simplifies the selection process.

What are the opportunities to get information? Meetings, collection of annotated, specific information material specific studies are all appropriate. Demonstration events are also suitable, but it has to be stressed that in order to be most effective, such events must be set in the context and thus studied according to the enterprises’ requirements.

Q: As you are professor of the Manufacturing Group in the School of Management at the Politecnico di Milano, could you illustrate the topics to which you are presently committed and how you are working?

MT: The Manufacturing Group is a work group composed of about 40 people dealing with the analysis of issues concerning planning and management of manufacturing systems and operations. A particular focus is on energy efficiency and sustainability in the manufacturing industry and in the industrial services, on product and asset life-cycle management.

Q: Can we consider demonstration events?

MT: Exhibitions are, first of all, events to do business, thus they are events that companies really need. If they are organised with particular attention and by qualified operators, exhibition events can be real opportunities for updating, understanding and analysing in-depth topics that are not yet well-known.

In Italy we have a lot of good trade shows, even regarding Industry 4.0. Among them,  there is Motion And Mechatronics, whose philosophy, in my opinion is certainly innovative, because it combines the business aspect with specific thematic insight.

The trade show is addressed both to those who work, plan and build within a factory as well as those who manage it. This concept convinced me to accept the appointment as leader of the Technical-Scientific Committee for the event.

Q: A last question: what are your expectations for the future of Industry 4.0?

MT: I am very confident, because I see a harmonic teamwork between institutions, associations, and the research world. Now, the ball is passed to companies. The Industry 4.0 plan is an excellent opportunity for enterprises to take advantage of it, who can understand that purchasing technology is not enough, and that it is necessary also to work on skills.

 

Rising Italian Machine Tool Industry For 2017

The Italian machine tool, robot and automation manufacturing industry closed the year 2016 positively on various economic indicators, said Italian Machine Tool, Robots, Automation Systems And Ancillary Products Manufacturers’ Association (UCIMU) president Massimo Carboniero. He added that the year 2017 looked to be a year of further growth.

As evidenced by the preliminary year’s data processed by the Studies Department and Business Culture of UCIMU, production in 2016 increased to 5.48 billion euros (US$5.91 billion), recording a five percent upturn versus the previous year.

Uptick In Domestic Market

A definite positive trend was reported with regard to the deliveries by the Italian manufacturers in the domestic market, grown to US$2.38 billion, a rise of 20.5 percent compared with the previous year.

On the other hand, export decreased by 3.3 percent, reaching only US$3.54 billion, due to the weakness experienced in some major destination markets.

Based on the Italian National Institute for Statistic’s data processing, in the first nine months of the year, the main countries for export was as follows:

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Consumption showed a positive trend with a 10.1 percent increase totalling US$3.97 billion. It is the third consecutive year of double-digit growth, showing signs of the recovery of the Italian market, which has also started again to invest in production technologies.

“The year 2016 was positive for the Italian machine tool industry, which contributes to the national GDP for almost eight billion euros (US$8.63 billion) considering, besides the production of machine tools, also the production of parts, tools and numerical controls not included in the total Italian machine tools”, Mr Carboniero said.

Interest In 2017

The year 2017 will also be positive for the Italian industry of the sector: according to the forecasts, there will be a growth for all the main economic indicators.

Production is predicted to rise four percent to US$6.15 billion, closer to the record-breaking value of US$6.47 billion registered in 2008.

Exports are expected to grow by 1.7 percent to attain US$3.59 billion. The positive trend of consumption will also go on: it should rise by 6.9 percent to US$4.25 billion, driving the deliveries of manufacturers.

“Now, with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development’s Industry 4.0 Plan which was included in the already-approved Budget Law 2017, the Italian government has given the country a well-structured and comprehensive programme of industrial policy. With this plan, Italian enterprises can rely on a series of measures aimed at favouring the improvement of their competitiveness. These measures can further boost the consumption of machinery and innovative technologies for factory digitalisation,” Mr Carboniero said.

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