PLANT takes on Lamiera - Plant Magazine Article + Video
Posted by Machines Italia | 25 May 2012
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BOLOGNA, Italy: There’s nothing quite like the harmonized hum of robotics, or the perpetual pounding of punching machines to let one know they’re at a metal production trade-show. Thankfully, those theatrics only add to an atmosphere only matched by exploring shop floors themselves. Only at this year’s Lamiera metal forming and production show, the environment’s a little cleaner, and maybe a touch quieter.
(For some Plant Magazine Lamiera 2012 show floor photos, click here)
The show, which happens every two years, is organized by Federmacchine’s UCIMU – SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, the association’s organization for machine tools, robots and automation.
The show, which spans more than 430,000 square feet, features the latest robotics, automation, metal forming and production technologies from 451 companies, 42% of which are from outside Italy. Companies with a Canadian presence such as Prima Power, Fien, and Salvagnini are all here. Attendance numbers are expected to top 25,000 visitors.
At an early morning press conference, UCIMU – SISTEMI PER PRODURRE’s vice-president, Luigi Galdabini discussed Italy’s metal forming and production industry, describing it’s importance to the country’s manufacturing presence on a global scale and how metal forming equipment and machinery has grown since the global economic crisis, which has been boosted by increased production and export volumes.
He also described how Italian firms have focused on the customization and personalization of equipment to differentiate themselves from competition in China and Japan.
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