The Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA) and the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) provided crucial insights into the ecosystem of AI in Italy during the March 27, 2018 panel discussion on the occasion of EmTech Digital 2018 in San Francisco. Attendees to the panel gained an insider’s point-of-view on policies, opportunities, and challenges currently under way in the Italian market and implications for their global partners.
The Italian Trade Agency Chicago Office is seeking to fill the position of Junior Accountant.
Keep track of employee sick days, personal hours and vacation requests.
Monitor budgets for multiple promotional activities, which includes updating with estimated costs and final payments to various providers
Enter data and upload documents into various databases.
Enter all monthly expenses in Oracle using specific instructions from headquarters in Rome.
Conclude promotional initiatives via software provided by headquarters.
Assist accountant with end of month closing.
Assist in monitoring and invoicing services provided to Italian companies and send relative information to headquarters in Rome.
Make photocopies of all monthly payments and send all originals via courier to headquarters in Rome.
Assist accounting department, and other colleagues, with various administrative tasks.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years’ experience in accounting
Orientation to detail, excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills
Skillful use of applications: MS office, particularly Word and Excel, internet, email and Oracle.
Advanced knowledge of Italian (oral and written)
Professional appearance and demeanor
Respect of deadlines
identification of possible business partners
bilateral trade meetings with Italian companies
trade delegation visits to Italy
official participation in local fairs and exhibition forums
seminars with Italian experts.
In 2015, the world economy has recorded a deceleration in growth, with divergent trends in advanced economies and developing countries. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), global GDP grew by 3.1% in 2015, against +3.4% in 2014, as a result of the slower recovery in the advanced countries (+1.9% against +1.8% in 2014) and a further slowdown in some emerging markets (+4.0% against +4.6% in 2014).
In 2015 Italian GDP in volume recorded a moderate recovery with a growth of +0.8%, after three years of contraction. Domestic demand and supply accumulation provided positive contributions to GDP, against a negative contribution of net export demand. The national final consumption continued the recovery started in 2014. In 2015, inflaction remained low, registering a substantial stability, at +0.1% on average, down by more than one percentage point compared to +0.2% in 2014. In 2015, employment growth continued at a faster pace, up +0.8% with 186,000 employees more than in 2014. The unemployment rate rose from 12.7% in 2014 to 11.9% in 2015. The increase in employment regarded only dependent employment, both with fixed-term and permanent contract, while self-employed continued to fall, especially among the collaborators.
In a world scenario characterized by declining commodity prices, slower pace of trade and investment, and where also the emerging economies begin to slow, the recovery looks very moderate. The deflationary trend of the world economy was influenced by the performance of the most important commodities. Next to the gradual decline in oil price and raw materials, also food commodity prices have dropped. In Italy, according to ISTAT, GDP recorded a moderate recovery of +0.8% in 2015, compared to 2014. More intense, than the performance of GDP, was the growth of value added in agriculture, forestry and fishing, which stood at +3.8%. Overall, the Italian agricultural added value exceeded the threshold of 33 billion €, that accounts for 2.3% of the national value added.
The report provided by the Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation FEDERUNACOMA, provides insights into the Italian manufacturing base for agriculture and farm machinery. Download the PDF for insights and perspecitves.
Initiated in 2001, the IPTA program is comprised of a competition asking upper level students attending premier US universities to write a thesis on the subject of Innovation (Technical) in the Packaging Machinery Industry. Two (2) Student Winners will be selected and accompanied by one (1) US faculty member selected by the ITA, UCIMA and SME.
Winners of the Fourteenth Italian Packaging Technology Awards (IPTA), selected as having the best papers, will be awarded a one-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled November 5th - 11th, 2017. Students will visit top Italian companies in the packaging machinery industry, take part in an advanced educational program at the Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC along with a number of cultural activities in various Italian cities.
The aim of the program is to enrich the engineering education of students and to advance knowledge on issues of importance within the industry to the next generation of packaging professionals.
The trip is part of the Italian Packaging Technology Awards, which is part of the international program Italian Technology Awards. The IPTA is sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency, via its Chicago Office, UCIMA (Association of Italian Manufacturers of Packaging Machinery – www.ucima.it), and in the United States, by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). www.sme.org
Papers must be relevant to the disciplines surrounding packaging engineering, be based on actual case histories, and must be developed according to the topic: Technical Innovation in the Packaging Machinery Industry.
Faculties may decide to integrate this contest into current academic courses, allowing selected students accreditation for their work.
Submitted papers would ideally be between 10-12 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. However, paper length considerations can be given due to time constraints. Current academic papers related to any of the aforementioned Submission Criteria may be submitted as well. Attachments such as footnotes, images, photocopied materials, source citations, statistics, etc., are allowed. Papers should be submitted in electronic format by Friday, August 29th, 2017 to SME at Membership [at] sme.org.
Winners of the Italian Glass Machinery Technology Awards (IGMTA), selected as having the best papers, will be awarded a one-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled November 5th - 11th, 2017. Students will visit top Italian companies in the glass working machinery industry, take part in an advanced educational program at the Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC along with a number of cultural activities in various Italian cities.
The trip is part of the Italian Glass Machinery Technology Awards, which is part of the international program Italian Technology Awards. The IGMTA is sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency, via its Chicago Office, GIMAV (Italian Association of Glass-Processing Machinery and Accessory Suppliers – http://www.gimav.it/en/), and in the United States, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). www.sme.org
The linked PDF version of the Official Press Release, provides all necessary information for both US-based academic faculty and inquiring US students who are interested in taking part in this program to win a trip to Italy!
Ceramics Machinery & Equipment
Construction and Earthmoving Machinery
Fluid Power Equipment and Components
Footwear, Leather Goods & Tanning
Foundry & Metallurgical Machinery
Marble and Stone
Plastics and Rubber
Printing, Graphic and Converting
This report provides insight and analysis of the Machines Italia Awareness Survey results for 2015. The Machines Italia Awareness Survey has been conducted since 2004 and includes representation of companies in NAFTA who are end-users of machinery and technology from across the 15 sectors which make up the Machines Italia project (See Appendix for list of sectors.) The 2015 survey had responses from over 700+ NAFTA based-companies who willingly provided answers to provide insight on important issues in their sectors, trends and preferences for purchasing equipment, and projections on future purchases and needs.
While in some areas of this report the 15 sectors will be analyzed or referred to separately, the majority of this report will focus on the trends and issues that arise from the survey in the aggregate manufacturing industry. This report will provide insight into the manufacturing sector in the United States, Canada and Mexico and help to identify differences and opportunities for companies of all sizes. It should be noted that this year is the first year that significant data has been collected from Canada and Mexico. This will allow for more findings, both in the report and the appendix.
The survey has evolved over the years from its initial launching, constantly being adapted and adjusted to reflect periodical trends at the times in which they were conducted. Most importantly, the survey has integrated questions and elements that look at new manufacturing methodologies and principals, purchasing behaviors, machinery sourcing, capital investments, and handling of environmental issues.
The Italian Trade Agency (ITA), in partnership with UCIMU SISTEMI PER PRODURRE (the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and Ancillary Products), and SME are proud to offer students of Metalworking technologies an opportunity to experience face to face the vanguard technologies and marketing strategies which have made Italian manufacturers recognized world leaders. This year SME is once again the local partner lending its support to the ITA amd UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE to promote the 2017 call for papers.
Throughout the years both the ITA and UCIMU have paid particular attention to the development of educational activities in Italy, which have promoted an understanding and awareness among university students of the history as well as current activities within the metalworking machinery industry.
The goal of this awarded opportunity is to strengthen the awareness of Italian technology and innovation within various metalworking related engineering research and education programs offered by premier North American universities while providing as well a first hand experience of the premier educational programs offered in Italy.
The linked PDF version of the Official Technical Description, provides all necessary information for both US-based academic faculty and inquiring US students who are interested in taking part in this program to win a trip to Italy!