MECSPE keeps on growing: record numbers at the leading trade fair of manufacturing 4.0

2,260 companies attending and 53,442 visitors, +17% compared to 2017

A huge success for MECSPE, the trade fair held by Senaf at the Parma fairground from 22 to 24 March, a benchmark event for those who want to be currently involved in industry 4.0 in Italy. The 17th edition ended with excellent results: 53,442 visitors (+17% compared to the 2017 edition), 2,260 companies attending and 110,000 sqm of exhibition space, which show that this event is constantly evolving.

The importance of MECSPE, as an effective opportunity to showcase the systems that contribute to designing the industry of the future, lies in the outstanding results obtained by the “Digital Factory 4.0”, which brought together in a single pavilion nine supply chains and more than 50 partners who discussed systems and innovations in digital integration, showing the key role of enabling technologies 4.0 in the various sectors and application contexts. The themes at the centre include connectivity and tools for small business, collaborative robotics in a context of parametrised production and/or small batches, product development with method 4.0, simulation of products and processes, traceability, maintenance, additive manufacturing and logistics 4.0 .

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 Sub-supply – outsourced industrial processes; Electronic Sub-supply – design, electronic processing and components and accessories; Eurostampi, Machinery and sub-supply of plastic materials – moulds and moulding; plastic material and rubber processing; Additive Manufacturing – rapid prototyping and 3D printing; Treatments and Finishes – machines and systems for surface treatments and finishes; Non-ferrous materials and alloys – aluminium, titanium, magnesium, composites and technologies.

The 400 companies in the sub-supply sector, making it the second largest show at MECSPE, were once again one of the focal points of the entire exhibition. In addition, the key elements of this year’s edition were non-ferrous materials and composites, with a special focus on plastic materials, as well as Additive Manufacturing.

“The huge success of this year’s edition, which was attended by numerous exhibitors and visitors, shows that, year after year, MECSPE is becoming increasingly well-established as a key event for identifying and anticipating trends in the manufacturing 4.0,” said Maruska Sabato, Project Manager at MECSPE. “The remarkable outcome of this 17th edition also reflects the renewed confidence of Italian companies, which, as highlighted by our latest Observatory on SMEs, are optimistic about the economic and employment situation in the near future.”

Once again, this year, a very large area was dedicated to training, with 58 conferences and workshops held during the three-day exhibition and the final stage of the “DIGITAL FACTORY MECSPE LABORATORIES, the Italian way to Industry 4.0”, which offered a debate on “people at the centre of the digital factory”. This central role can be facilitated by digitisation and automation processes, allowing people to switch from routine tasks to tasks with a high added value. To better understand the role of humans in the factory of the future, on the opening day of the trade fair Senaf signed an agreement with the Design Department of Milan’s Polytechnic in order to conduct a research project in the field of new environments for the contemporary factory called “Workspaces 4.0”.

The numbers of MECSPE 2018
The numbers of MECSPE 2018 12 Thematic shows, 28 demo units, 5 squares of excellence, 2,260 companies attending, 58 conferences and workshops, 110,000 sqm of exhibition space.

“MECSPE is already looking to the future and this year’s excellent results encourage us to achieve new goals and take on new challenges,” said Emilio Bianchi, Director of Senaf. “Industry 4.0 is a current phenomenon that cannot overlook the human factor. We decided to focus on this aspect in our agreement with the Design Department of Milan’s Polytechnic and we will continue to explore it in coming years.”

MECSPE’s 18th edition will be back at the Parma Fairground from 28 to 30 March 2019.

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