Bari’s will be the second edition of MECSPE in Puglia, after the 2019
Manufacturing is confirmed as a driving force for Apulia’s industrial fabric, which continues to emerge despite challenges related to the international economic environment.
A sector that, from November 23 to 25, 2023, will meet at the Nuova Fiera del Levante in Bari for the second Apulian edition of MECSPE, Italy’s most important exhibition of manufacturing and Industry 4.0 organized by Senaf, in order to enhance local excellence and highlight the process of innovation taking place in Southern and Central Italy.
The numbers show that Puglia’s manufacturing supply chain is in excellent health. According to the most recent MECSPE Observatory, in the third quarter of 2022, nearly eight out of 10 Apulian companies saw their turnover grow or remain stable compared to the same period last year; 84 percent rated their level of satisfaction related to their company’s performance as sufficient to high; and more than seven out of 10 companies indicated their order book was adequate, an increase of +21 percent compared to the previous four-month period.
Encouraging numbers that MECSPE has been striving to boost for more than two decades by offering opportunities for business, exchange, and learning among companies, institutions, and industry players. This was the case in March in Bologna with the 21st edition of MECSPE, which counted 59,845 trade visitors (+52 percent over 2022).
A success that involved not only Italian companies but also international ones, with the presence of as many as nine delegations of visitors from foreign countries (Algeria, Egypt, Germany, India, Morocco, Poland, Switzerland, Tunisia, and Turkey) in addition to the first Italian-German Summit on the themes of reshoring and new mobility.
Bari’s will be the second edition in Puglia after the 2019 event, which, thanks also to the support of the Puglia Region, Bari Municipality, and Confindustria Bari BAT, welcomed more than 16,000 professional operators and consecrated the city of Bari as a driver of innovation for Southern and Central Italy.
And this year, for the second time, companies from the area and all over Italy will be able to showcase their innovative projects on 20,000 square meters of exhibition space, participate in networking and training activities, conferences, and ad hoc initiatives organized by industry associations and training institutions, such as CONFIMI, Confindustria Bari-BAT, ITS Cuccovillo, developed on the three macro-themes of the event: training, innovation, and sustainability.
On Nov. 23, new data from the MECSPE Observatory on trends in the manufacturing industry will be presented during the opening of the fair. An important opportunity to take stock of the market and its potential, but also of the challenges and risks the sector will have to face. “The Italian industry is growing and there are many enterprises in Central and Southern Italy that need an important aggregator, a point of reference where they can meet and get to know the excellences of the supply chain – said Maruska Sabato, MECSPE project manager –. This is precisely why we are returning to Puglia with renewed enthusiasm after the record-breaking edition in Bologna and the 2019 edition right in Bari. Our ambition is to turn the city into a real hub for in-depth information on the manufacturing industry available to SMEs in the area. We want to support entrepreneurs in their evolution by anticipating new industrial scenarios for them, and strengthened by the warm reception of the first edition of MECSPE Bari, we are confident that we can make a difference for an area with great potential.”