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A more international Metef
Mario Conserva
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The eagerly awaited eleventh edition of Metef just ended in Verona; a great interest was clearly visible, business linked to the aluminium and foundry worlds is brisk, the dominant theme recorded was that of an more international character. There was a 25% increase in the number of foreign operators and visitors with respect to the previous edition; a leading role was played by commercial delegations coming from countries with solid industrial traditions, such as, the United States, Germany, Austria, Russia, and by markets where technical and production capacity is developing fast, such as India, Iran, Iraq, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Mexico. The presence of great primary metal producer should be underlined: Europe with HYDRO, the Gulf, present with EGA and with the top management of the Gulf Aluminium Council, Russia with RUSAL, India with VEDANTA and Iran. Metef 2017 grasped the inversion in trend of the entire industry – aluminium and innovative metals, casting foundry, die casting, extrusion, rolling – by enhancing trends particularly favourable for development, especially in very dynamic transversal macro-areas, such as automotive and digitization. Innovation is the leading theme for a show that for twenty years has been a witness to the excellence of the aluminium world and of the connected manufacturing industry; companies which in this edition won the Metef Innovation Prize are the essence of an industry which has been able to change in just a few years and return to the top of global rankings, companies which do not consider Industry 4.0 to be a little slogan but a great objective which has been achieved. Over 400 great quality exhibitors, a framework of side events rich in contents and so tightly packed with appointments that it would be impossible to mention them all; worth remembering , for their international relevance, the panel on the future of aluminium by Assomet-Centroal and AFFG, the Opening Conference by the FARO Club regarding the automotive industry, the Aluminium 2000-Iceb Congress , the Italy-India Forum on trade between the two countries, the NADCA Convention on die casting. We might be emerging from the crisis, this is a phase where such events as Metef turn out to be particularly useful to encourage development where it is most needed: in the country's economic system.

 
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