LAMIERA 2023: A Resounding Success with 19,000 Professional Visitors and Global Reach

Cinisello Balsamo, Italy – LAMIERA, the international exhibition of sheet metal, tube and section cutting, forming, and processing technologies, achieved highly positive results at its 22nd edition, which took place at fieramilano Rho from May 10-13, 2023. The only trade show in Italy specifically dedicated to the sheet metal field, over the years, LAMIERA has become one of the most important events in the international scenario of sector trade fairs, also thanks to the change of venue from Bologna to Milan in 2017. On a total floor space of 40,000 sq mt, the key players of the exhibition were about 400 exhibiting companies, of which 27 percent came from abroad, representing 22 countries.

Promoted by UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, the Italian machine tools, robots, and automation systems manufacturers' association, and organized by CEU-CENTRO ESPOSIZIONI UCIMU, LAMIERA was exceptionally held just one year after the previous edition, which had been postponed for 12 months due to the public health emergency. Therefore, in order to recover its usual positioning in odd years, the trade show did not follow its normal biennial schedule. Nevertheless, the results achieved have been more than satisfactory, both in terms of exhibitors and visits.

Barbara Colombo, President, UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, commented: “We are very pleased with the results we obtained: even if the exhibition took place just twelve months after the previous one, it not only confirmed the outcome of the last edition, but, for some indicators, it was even better.”

Alfredo Mariotti, General Manager, UCIMU, added: “The technology characterizing this sector has a two-year innovation cycle, and therefore, exactly like all other international events dedicated to this field, LAMIERA must be biennial, The fact that the companies have confirmed their participation in this edition, unusual in its time positioning, proves the value of this event, which, edition after edition, has been able to expand and can rely on a market, the Italian one, which is extremely interesting: the second market worldwide, as important as that of the United States, and the leading one in Europe.”

The number of professional operators registered during the four exhibition days was about 19,000. In addition, over 4,000 visitors from the trade show Made in Steel also expressed interest in visiting LAMIERA. The agreement signed with Made in Steel (which was held in partial conjunction in the nearby halls) implied a free passage from one exhibition to the other and thus brought about very positive results.

“Very interesting contacts … excellent exhibition … we did not expect such a large number of visitors … a brilliant outcome and, in some ways, unexpected, considering that the event took place just one year after the previous edition … we even collected unexpected orders … a high-quality public, very interesting and qualified foreign delegations …”: these are a few of the feedback comments gathered at the stands of the exhibitors, which increased by 15 percent compared with the 2022 edition.

Out of the total number of visitors, 7.5 percent were from abroad, representing 67 countries. The largest delegations came from Albania, Austria, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, and Hungary.

In the aisles of the two exhibition halls, 13 and 15, among the numerous visitors, there were also about fifty foreign operators from Egypt, India, Morocco, Mexico, Czech Republic, Turkey, United States, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam, invited within the established initiative of incoming delegations, organized by UCIMU in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and Italian Trade Agency (ICE), in addition to an independent delegation of over 30 Turkish end users coming from the area of Manisa. ICE-Italian Trade Agency also took care of the creation of the area dedicated to start-up companies.

The exhibition proposal was enriched with a program of about 40 meetings held at LAMIALAMIERA, the arena promoted by the UCIMU FOUNDATION and developed with the contribution of the Lombardy Region. Digitalization and sustainability were among the most discussed topics during the conferences arranged by the exhibitors and the organizers of the trade show. Eight hundred operators took part in the events hosted at the Arena of LAMIALAMIERA, in addition to 3,500 users that were remotely connected via live streaming, activated during the whole period.

The trade show reported the presence of about a hundred journalists and about a thousand students, invited within the UCIMU Academy initiative. Accompanied by their teachers, the students participated in free visits and in stand tours guided by tutors of the Association. At several exhibitors’ stands, the tutors illustrated the state-of-the-art technologies that represent the international production of the sector.

The next edition of LAMIERA is scheduled from May 7-10, 2025.

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