The Wire Association International (WAI) Inc. and the Italian Machinery Manufacturers Association (ACIMAF) concluded their jointly organized conference last week in Verona, Italy. Held October 21-22, 2019, at the Palazzo Della Gran Guardia, the event was envisioned as a “technical conference of collaboration & innovation” intended to serve as a venue to further industry knowledge and foster discussions between manufacturers and suppliers.
Against the captivating backdrop of Verona, 235 industry professionals participated in the conference, which included presentations, table top exhibits, a gala dinner, and two plant tours.
The technical program featured 11 ferrous and nine nonferrous presentations by speakers representing nine countries. Additionally, 32 companies presented products and services at a table top exhibit adjacent to the conference rooms.
ACIMAF President Ferruccio Bellina led off the event by observing that the global economy remains delicate, and that times are challenging for many industrial sectors. “It is our conviction that these moments require even greater commitment than periods of positive economic growth and that this commitment must be deployed in all the components of the company’s activity, from research and product development, to quality controls, to sales strategies, just to mention a few aspects,” he said.
Bellina said that Wire & Cable Verona was designed to address such needs, so operators can access new innovative proposals and have unique possibilities of communication and interaction, on a truly international level.
Two WAI Board Members in attendance shared high praise of the conference. Kurt Breischaft of SDI LaFarga said, “The Verona event was another solid WAI-ACIMAF offering: excellent presentations on the state of the industry, in-depth plant tours, and many networking opportunities. The nonferrous program was well balanced with something for copper, aluminum, plastic, equipment and the economy in general.” Brian Burr of Sumiden Wire Products Corporation said, “The Wire & Cable Verona Italia 2019 (continued) event was an unqualified success. The two educational tracks addressed a wide range of technical topics with many diving deep into the area of Industry 4.0 as well as continuous improvement.”
Guests were given a choice between ferrous and nonferrous wire plant tours to Pittini Group’s Acciaierie di Verona, and Mondini Cavi, respectively.
The gala dinner was held at the stunning Palazzo Verita Poeta.
The event partners included the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Italian Trading Agency (ITA). The event was supported by Expometals and industry organizations Comité Européen de la Tréfilerie (CET), International Wire & Cable Exhibitors Association (IWCEA), and the International Wire & Machinery Association (IWMA).
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