FEDERUNACOMA Farm Machinery and Earthmoving Machinery State of the Industry Report 2015

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.

Italian Packaging Technology Award Program 2016
CHICAGO, Ill. October 25, 2016 — A "Call for Papers" for the 2016 Italian Packaging Technology Awards (IPTA) is announced by the Italian Trade Agency via its Chicago USA Office (ITA – www.italtrade.com/usa), and its partners.
 
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 Thirteenth Italian Packaging Technology Awards (IPTA), selected as having the best papers, will be awarded a one-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled November 27th - December 3rd, 2016. 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
 
Submission Criteria:
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.

Paper Requirements:
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 Thursday, November 10th, 2016 to SME at Membership [at] sme.org
Italian Glass Machinery Technology Award
The Italian Glass Machinery Technology Award (IGMTA) program is comprised of a competition asking upper level students attending premier US universities to write a short paper on why they would like to go to Italy to learn more about the Italian glass working machinery and technology industry. 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 engineering professionals. Maximum of four (4) Student Winners will be selected and accompanied by one (1) US faculty member (should budget allow) selected by the ITA, GIMAV and SME.
 
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 27th - December 3rd, 2016. 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!