#3: Winter 2017


During my years managing several Italian Trade Commission’s – ITA - North American network offices, (NY, LA, Seattle, Chicago), I lived through various economic ups and downs, bubbles, hypes and fades….and survived them! 
When I took the helm of ITA’s Canadian operations in 2011, Europe was still reeling from the prolonged effects of the 2008 financial crisis, the US hadn’t completely gotten out of the slump, yet Canada and Mexico seemed to be doing relatively fine, all considered.
 
Though caution must be exercised when making broad economic statements, I believe that the North American manufacturing industry overall is quite strong or, at least, stronger today that it was back then.  The re-shoring trends seems to have consolidated and local companies have become more competitive on a global scale.
Even the most advanced economies, which rely heavily on the service sector, do need a solid manufacturing base. It is a bench mark of the systems structural sustainability and efficiency.
 
While I hope that despite the current uncertainties, the NAFTA trade agreement will endure and the three economies will become more integrated, I salute the implementation of the CETA agreement that I am sure will benefit the Canadian and the European economies alike.
 
Speaking of resilience, I can honestly affirm that throughout my career, very few ITA's initiatives have proven to be as resilient as Machines Italia.
My bias may be due to the fact that I was part of Machines Italia since its inception.
Firstly in Chicago, then in Toronto and Montreal, I supervised the creation of the key pillars of this amazing communication campaign: the magazine, the new web portal and the newsletter in both Italian and English. All of them are widely popular information tools now used by thousands of industry professionals, on both sides of the Atlantic, each year.
Under the Machines Italia banner, we organized countless initiatives and opportunities to bring Italian technology providers and North American manufacturers together: we attended industry events, participated in trade shows, hosted delegations, organized seminars and industry events.
In putting these initiatives together, we partnered with important media and industry stakeholders in the US and Canada such as; Penton Media, Annex Publishing, the AME, SME but also the Financial Times, The World Business Forum, The Globe and Mail and more. 
 
A pretty exciting and rewarding job it has been!
 
Now that my professional journey takes me back to Europe, I would like to thank all the Machines Italia readers and followers in Italy, Mexico, Canada and the USA. I would also like to thank all the Italian and Canadian companies and people I met throughout the years as well as the Italian Trade Commission’s Canada staff.
 
I wish you a good reading.
 
Cordiali Saluti,
 
Pasquale Bova
Italian Trade Commissioner – Canada

Events & Initiatives

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Focus

Every year, GIMAV conducts a survey of the Italian glass industry with the aim of providing an overview of the sector and information on its structure, sales, production and export markets. GIMAV is the Italian Association of Glass Processing Machinery and Accessories Suppliers and represents almost 80% of the Italian glass industry.

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