EMO Milano 2015, the world exhibition dedicated to the industry manufacturing machine tools, robots and automation systems, held at Fieramilano from 5 to 10 October 2015, played a pioneering role, anticipating market trends and presenting innovative solutions accordingly, in both machinery sector as well as accessories and auxiliary technologies segments.
Promoted by CECIMO, European Association of Machine Tool Industries and organised by the operational structures of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE (the association of Italian manufacturers of machine tools, robots and automation systems), EMO Milano 2015 registered 1,55,362 visitors over the six exhibition days, representing 120 countries. The international character that traditionally features EMO Milano is attested by the large attendance of foreign visitors amounting to 51% of the total.
On top of the foreign visitors' ranking, there were the Germans (12% of the total), followed by the Swiss, the Japanese, the French, the Turks, the Chinese, the Russians, the Spanish, the Swedes, the Austrians, the Taiwanese, the Czech, the Koreans, the Israelis and the Indians.
Growth over the last edition
The data reported by the organisers have actually been considerably higher in comparison with the previous edition (2009). EMO Milano 2015 has presented products offered by 1,600 exhibitors, 12% more than in 2009, on 1,20,000 square metres of exhibition area, 26% more than the area covered in the previous edition. The attendance of visitors has been 25% higher than that of 2009 and the participation of foreign visitors has also grown.
These figures - pointed out the Commissioner General, Pier Luigi Streparava - are confirming how appealing the Italian venue has been for the world manufacturing industry, which met in Milan to discover & learn about the technological innovations that will determine the future of manufacturing production and of work procedures inside the factories.
"We have registered 1,55,362 entries from 120 countries: a great success on all fronts; also because the public was equally distributed between Italian and foreign operators, proving that even domestic demand for production systems is alive and dynamic,” said Alfredo Mariotti, Director of EMO Milano 2015. The presence of European (62% of the total foreign visitors) and Asian visitors (32%) was more than that of the previous edition of EMO Milano. On the other hand, the attendance of operators from the Americas decreased (4%), although the number of the US visitors increased.
Besides obtaining consent from operators, EMO Milano 2015 captured the attention of the international press: 400 journalists coming from all over the world registered to follow the event.
EMO Milano 2015 was also visited by over 400 operators-users belonging to autonomous and official delegations, organised by UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE within the mission of ICE-Agenzia & the Ministry of Economic Development.
Organised in visit groups, accompanied by teachers and tutors, 4,040 students, coming from technical institutes and universities, took part in EMO Milano 2015, a traditional meeting opportunity between schools and the industry world.
In the 12 completely fitted-out halls at Fieramilano, the whole production spectrum was presented: from metal forming to metal cutting machines, from robotics to automation, from tooling to auxiliary technologies, to mechatronics. The spotlight was on the machines and cutting-edge solutions to build the future, for example, innovations that automate, simplify or enhance the efficiency of the work sequences involved. The showcasing of these path-breaking production technologies has created the foundations for maintaining corporate competitiveness against globalised competition. One general trend witnessed was the incorporation of styling and operator-friendliness. Emulating the smartphones, numerous machinery control systems now feature a touch-screen. In conjunction with the design of other equipment, this combines to produce an attractive visual appearance. The same was observed in EMO Milano 2015.
Additive technologies made their debut this year: they are a rapidly developing sector that may be of great interest, also for those who operate in the field of production systems. In this connection, EMO Milano confirmed once again to be an event capable of anticipating the new trends by proposing a focus upon additive manufacturing and holding the international conference dedicated to this issue, which was attended by around 180 people, among researchers, technical specialists, entrepreneurs and experts.
Visitors were particularly interested in solutions for boosting energy and resource efficiency, as well as user-friendly equipment and the intelligent integration of machines – in addition to the evergreen themes of cutting manufacturing costs and increasing flexibility.
On the other hand, the exhibition will also be remembered for all side events organised as a complement: institutional and B2B meetings, presentations, press conferences, conventions and technical seminars.
The next edition of EMO Milano will take place in six years: from 4 to 9 October 2021.