Author: a.manzo

Column number 85 – 2022

Nice to meet you, and is not a cliché. After two years of pandemic, more than three months of war in Europe: geopolitical scenarios change quite rapidly and generate economic and social changes that are difficult to understand, let alone anticipate. For companies, these are complex moments: if there were not a war that threatens the heart of Europe, there would be hardly any complaints. In the end, machine tool orders in the first quarter of 2022 fell, but only slightly, while the growth of exports outside the European Community showed encouraging growth. However, the uncertainty due mainly to three factors weighs heavily on the best first quarter of the last three years: the war and the resulting economic sanctions, which have cut out a decidedly large market; the resurgence of the pandemic in China and the Far East, which is blocking trade; the increase in energy and transport costs, the impact of which has not yet been fully felt, but which will undoubtedly have significant effects in the near future also on the steel and machine tools sector.

Speaking of steel, the first signs of fibrillation in the sector can be read in the companies’ request to the European Community to review the protectionist measures in force since 2018: these are drastic actions that, in over three years of operation, have put the companies in difficulty. Now, together with the sanctions against Russia and Belarus and the disappearance of the Ukrainian market, they have made life very difficult for operators who ask Europe not to forget them between the anvil of duties and the hammer of sanctions. A new approach, says the Director General of Cecimo, Filip Geerts, would be of capital importance to ensure European competitiveness, already severely tested by the costs of energy and the difficulties in procuring some materials following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The general economic climate among CECIMO machine tool manufacturers remains positive, reaching 23% of the positive percentage balance in the first quarter of 2022. Considering all the factors that currently influence entrepreneurial activity, such as the shortage of skilled labor, the shortage of raw materials, delivery constraints, uncertainty caused by the Russian-Ukrainian war and rising energy prices, machine tool manufacturers still expect the general economic climate to remain positive in the second quarter of 2022 (+4 %).

After the cancellation of the 2020 edition, the most important fair in the sector is back on the unusual date of the end of June. Tube will take place in Düsseldorf from 20th to 25th June with a good participation of exhibitors and a barely noticeable decrease in the exhibition area: dedicated to the themes of the green economy, Tube will be the first real opportunity to meet in person after years spent in front of the computer screen : for all, the wait is only slightly masked by the ostentatious affectation of normality. There will be no large companies, cut off from a conflict that always hovers in every area of ​​our daily activities, there will be a little lack of habit, and perhaps it will also be a bit strange to find ourselves after such a long time, we will be rusty in moving around the fair, they will also miss many people who have disappeared due to Covid-19.

The best wish, however, remains to finally meet in the aisles of a fair, and what a fair. It will be a pleasure to see you and, for once, it will not be a cliché.

Lamiera 2022, appointment from may 18 to 21 at Fieramilano Rho

LAMIERA 2022, the international exhibition dedicated to the industry of machine tools for sheet metal forming and innovative technologies related to the sector, will be held a week earlier: the appointment is therefore set at fieramilano Rho from 18 to 21 May 2022.

The move is due to the need to reorganize the exhibition calendar of the events hosted by fieramilano, after the sanitary conditions imposed the postponement of all the events located in the first quarter of the year.

The presence, in May and June, of previously unplanned events, characterized, among other things, by extensive occupation of exhibition spaces and very long set-up times, has forced fieramilano to ask all the organizing bodies involved to think about new “fits” to allow the proper conduct of each of the events on the new agenda.

LAMIERA will therefore be held seven days earlier than usual to ensure exhibitors the correct organizational schedule for the event, which is followed by the Salone del Mobile, to be held at the beginning of June and which has equally long set-up times.

Promoted by UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, the association of Italian manufacturers of machine tools, robots and automation, and organized by CEU-CENTRO ESPOSIZIONI UCIMU, LAMIERA will still be held in May and, with over 200 registrations already collected, aims to reconfirm the success of the previous two Lombardy editions.

“In agreement with fieramilano – said Alfredo Mariotti, general manager of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE – given the importance of the event, we deemed it necessary to keep the event in the same period, i.e. the second half of May. Considering the rapid return to normal standards that we have been witnessing in recent weeks, the increasingly widespread distribution of vaccines and the experience we have now gained from these two years of pandemic, we know that LAMIERA will take place at a safe time for the health emergency”.

“Let’s not forget, then, that our staff and that of fieramilano now have solid experience, gained in the field of the many events organized during the covid era, in defining the safety standards and procedures to be adopted to make the stay inside the exhibition center safe and comfortable.”

“The decision to bring LAMIERA forward by a week – added Alfredo Mariotti – entails a major investment in terms of communication and promotion by us organizers to the entire audience involved: exhibitors, visitors, journalists. An investment that we are very happy to make, certain that our activity will be able to minimize, if not completely eliminate, any inconvenience caused to the operators involved. The companies exhibiting at LAMIERA will be able to count on an event rich in content, ideas and, therefore, visitors”.

“On the other hand – concluded Alfredo Mariotti – this decision to meet the needs of the district that hosts us and of the organizers of other exhibition events accredits the sector represented at LAMIERA among those who, understanding the problems induced by the health crisis on the trade fair sector, contribute to its relaunch and development, aware of the decisive and irreplaceable role of trade fairs in favour of the business activities of manufacturing companies”.

More information on the event and details on how to register are available on

Column number 84 – 2022

What to say? There was really a need for it. After the pandemic, or perhaps it is even better to say “during a pandemic”, the war. From a strictly industrial point of view, the transition to the contemporary age has caused an inversion of the role of war in development: if, up to the Second World War, wars had, as a side effect, a decisive technological progress, just think of the development of the jet or rocket engine, from the Korean War onwards the war has always been a chasm into which human lives, entire existences and also incalculable quantities of raw materials, resources and economic potential have been thrown.

The war in Ukraine fits perfectly into this vein of senseless destruction: if, according to an old definition, war is the nation-state version of aggression for the purpose of robbery, in this case, whatever the final spoils, there are strong doubts that the game is worth the candle, given the amount of lives and resources inexorably thrown into the cauldron of conflict. According to estimates by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the war in Ukraine will cost the world one point of GDP, about $ 1 trillion. Sanctions on Russia alone will cost 22 billion of euros to Italy due to the decline in exports, especially as regards luxury items, machine tools and technological products, not to mention the difficulties due to increases in raw materials and energy. There are over 300 Italian companies that have commercial relations with Russia, the 14th trading partner in the world.

As for the European Community, the value of exported goods is 79 billion euros, while imports amount to 95.3 billion. Despite the sanctions following the war in Donbass and the annexation of Crimea in 2014, which caused a reduction in Russian exports by more than 50 billion euros per year between 2010 and 2020, the European Union remains the first trading partner of Russia. In short, if for the whole of the nineteenth and part of the twentieth century for a large part of the industry, war could be a resource for development, increase in turnover and technology, in the twenty-first century it became a bad investment, except for the companies of the defense, and even for them up to a certain point. In fact, the costs of a war are too high for one to think that it will last long enough to make it an excellent deal: in the short term, peace is much more profitable. Now that the worst of the pandemic seemed to be over, a conflict restricted from a military point of view but on a global scale as regards the economic consequences risks stifling in the bud the recovery which, thanks to the measures of NextGenerationEU, was taking on decidedly marked characters, with a GDP growing between 4 and 7% in the Euro area. Just over a month of conflict has caused estimates to drop to around 2%, also following the disproportionate increases in energy costs.

Squeezed between the decline in exports and the increase in costs, manufacturing is struggling in search of solutions that are not yet seen on the horizon: if, on the one hand, the cost of gas had already increased for the industry in January of 423% compared to 2018, on the other hand 2021 had marked a record figure, both at European and Italian level, with a very rapid recovery compared to the black crisis of 2020.

And now? Now we hold on: the contracts signed in 2021, fulfilled in the first and second quarter of 2022, will not necessarily be able to take into account the increase in production costs for machine tools. And also for the future, the adjustment of prices to the new costs, both of the raw material, steel, produced by energy-intensive companies such as steel mills, and of the energy used for production, does not appear to be a viable path, even for large competition on the market that leverages the final price. We hold on and hopefully for the best: the rows of the Tube in Dusseldorf, we are sure, will all be rumored: whoever finds the solution to this equation with too many variables will have secured a place in the market of the future.

Schröder Group introduces new generation of the folding machine PowerBend Professional

The Schröder Group is launching the continuation of a success story: With the PowerBend Professional, the sheet metal processing specialists have relaunched one of their most popular folding machines and made it even more flexible in terms of possible applications. The folding machine for up to 4 mm thick steel sheets is appreciated by plumbers as well as industrial companies. For the first time in the history of motorized folding, a folding machine has been equipped with an optical bending angle measuring system for inline quality assurance. This enables the machine to automatically check the angles on the workpiece to an accuracy of 0.2°.

Hans Schröder Maschinenbau presents a new version of the PowerBend Professional folding machine. With an increased clamping beam stroke from 350 to 500 mm, it offers more space. Several drives are now completely servo- controlled and and reinforced. This enables continous commuting of the folding beam as well as faster and more accurate positioning of the center of rotation. Converter-controlled 2 × 3.0 kW drives move the folding beam – With the up-and- down folding beam and the suction plate back gauge, all bends on one side can be done automatically on the machine. An interface for handling systems enables further automation and an OPC UA interface opens the machine for smart factory solutions.

For the first time, automatic quality assurance during production is possible with the new optical bending angle measuring system. It is 3-axis CNC controlled with automatic longitudinal axis and secured parking position of the laser sensor. The measurement of the bent angles, which is accurate to 0.2°, helps to verify, for example, whether the bending angle adjustment for compensating the springback coefficient was correctly selected. The measuring system is programmed on the POS 3000 machine software control.

Positiva edizione per EMO Milano 2021: tutti i numeri

Si è conclusa sabato 9 ottobre, EMO MILANO 2021, la mondiale dedicata al mondo della lavorazione dei metalli che si è svolta presso il quartiere espositivo di fieramilano Rho.

Promossa da CECIMO, l’associazione europea delle industrie della macchina utensile, e organizzata dalle strutture operative di UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, l’associazione dei costruttori italiani di macchine utensili, robot e automazione, EMO MILANO 2021 ha registrato più di 60.000 presenze da 91 paesi.

Luigi Galdabini, Commissario Generale EMO MILANO 2021, ha dichiarato: “i dati della manifestazione confermano il valore dell’evento, ritenuto appuntamento di riferimento per l’industria mondiale costruttrice di macchine utensili, robot e automazione”.

“In un momento storico particolarmente complesso, con l’emergenza sanitaria non ancora completamente rientrata – ha continuato Luigi Galdabini – EMO ha mostrato la sua autorevolezza, richiamando a Milano tutti gli operatori che avevano il via libera a muoversi dai propri paesi di origine. Ma la partecipazione da parte degli operatori, non soltanto europei, mostra anche l’attrattività della piazza italiana riconosciuta come uno dei mercati più interessanti e promettenti oltre che come paese leader nella produzione di settore”.

Alfredo Mariotti, direttore della manifestazione ha affermato: “sono numerosissimi gli espositori che hanno espresso piena soddisfazione per i risultati ottenuti in questi sei giorni di manifestazione. Visitatori qualificati e molto motivati, organizzazione puntuale della mostra in tutti i suoi dettagli, non ultimi quelli legati alla sicurezza, sono alcuni degli apprezzamenti più comuni ricevuti sia dalle imprese habitué della mondiale per la lavorazione dei metalli sia da quelle che non avevamo particolari esperienze pregresse di partecipazione”.

“Il lavoro svolto dall’EMOteam – ha concluso il direttore Alfredo Mariotti – è stato apprezzato dagli operatori italiani e esteri che hanno voluto esprimere la loro soddisfazione anche attraverso la comunicazione social sostenendo così il clima di fiducia che caratterizza il settore e che ha decretato EMO MILANO 2021 come la manifestazione che inaugura la nuova era post pandemia”.

Nonostante le limitazioni alla mobilità ancora vigenti, EMO MILANO ha confermato, anche in questa occasione, il suo carattere internazionale. A fronte di una presenza di espositori esteri pari al 60% del totale, i visitatori stranieri sono risultati il 30% del numero complessivo.

L’ampia offerta in mostra, in rappresentanza di tutti i segmenti che costituiscono il settore, espressione della produzione di oltre 700 imprese esposta nei 6 padiglioni completamente allestiti per l’evento, per 100.000 metri quadrati di superficie espositiva totale, è stata di assoluto richiamo per gli operatori dell’industria manifatturiera mondiale.

Germania, Svizzera, Francia, Spagna, Austria, Slovenia, Turchia, Polonia, Russia e Danimarca sono le nazionalità maggiormente rappresentate alla manifestazione che ha visto la presenza di numerosi operatori anche da Finlandia, Croazia, Estonia, Lituania, Ungheria, Repubblica Ceca, USA, Gran Bretagna, Israele, Giappone, Corea del Sud, Irlanda e Egitto.

Tra i visitatori esteri presenti sono compresi anche gli oltre 30 qualificati operatori esteri delle missioni organizzate da UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE in collaborazione con MAECI e ICE-Agenzia a cui si sono aggiunti i 30 della delegazione autonoma proveniente dalla Turchia. L’attività di matching organizzata da UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE si è concretizzata nei 1.200 incontri fissati agli stand degli espositori che hanno aderito all’iniziativa.

Oltre a registrare l’interesse degli utilizzatori, EMO MILANO 2021 ha catalizzato l’attenzione della stampa internazionale: circa 400 i giornalisti accreditati, il 40% dei quali esteri.

Anche gli studenti hanno confermato il loro interesse per la manifestazione. I 1.300 ragazzi, tra allievi degli istituti tecnici, delle università, e degli ITS, hanno visitato la manifestazione accompagnati dai professori. Di questi, 450 hanno potuto seguire visite guidate a cura di un tutor di UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE.

Accanto all’offerta di tecnologia, EMO MILANO 2021 ha presentato numerose iniziative collaterali quali, EMO Digital, l’area espositiva dedicata alle tecnologie digitali; EMO Additive Manufacturing, dedicata ad uno dei settori più promettenti in fatto di produzione manifatturiera, EMO Start-Up che ha offerto uno sguardo sulle neoimprese impegnate nello sviluppo di prodotti e progetti legati al mondo dei sistemi di produzione e della lavorazione del metallo.

Novità di EMO MILANO 2021 è stato Speakers Corner, l’arena allestita al Padiglione 5 che ha proposto oltre 80 speech e approfondimenti a cura di espositori e organizzatori. A questi si sono aggiunti 20 incontri ospitati nell’area EMO ADDITIVE a cura di AITA-ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA TECNOLOGIE ADDITIVE. Sono state oltre 2.000 le presenze registrate agli incontri. A queste si aggiungono i circa 3.000 utenti collegati da remoto (per una media di 500 al giorno) che, nei sei giorni, hanno potuto seguire gli eventi ospitati in fiera grazie al servizio di live streaming.

L’interesse riscosso dalla manifestazione emerge anche dalle statistiche di consultazione del sito della mostra. Oltre 800.000 le visualizzazioni registrate da da Italia, Germania e Svizzera, seguono quindi USA, Francia, Spagna e Giappone.

A questi numeri vanno aggiunte le 600.000 visualizzazioni registrate dallo Smart Catalog, il catalogo ufficiale della manifestazione consultato per lo più da mobile.

In forte crescita la comunità social di EMO MILANO, passata dai 2.770 utenti del 2015 ai 9.440 follower registrati al 10 ottobre 2021.

Tra tutti i profili della manifestazione – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram e LinkedIn – è LinkedIn a registrare l’attività più vivace. Nel periodo 13 settembre 2021 – 10 ottobre 2021 sono risultate oltre 23.000 le visualizzazioni di pagina (+809%), circa 7.500 gli utenti unici per 330.000 visualizzazioni dei post realizzati dal profilo ufficiale della mostra.

La prossima edizione di EMO MILANO si terrà nell’ottobre 2027.