Once again in 2017, Made in Steel confirmed its importance for the Italian steel industry, and steel in general. These are not the words of Siderweb alone, originator and organizer of the Conference & Exhibition, but of some of the leading industry participants who took part as exhibitors in the 2017 show.
These include the biggest steel manufacturing group, which processes over 5 million tons a year. According to Antonio Marcegaglia “over the years we have seen the European presence at the event grow, a clear sign of the important position that Italy holds in steel.”
Made in Steel’s role as “an indisputable point of reference for the industry” was also emphasized by Michele Amenduni, the man at the head of Gruppo Amenduni Tubi Acciaio: “Compared with the last show two years ago, 2017 has taken a marked step forward.” A similar view was expressed by the chairman of Delna, Gianni Ghislanzoni: Made in Steel has “grown both numerically and qualitatively since the last edition. For those taking part, it is always a huge stimulus.” Proof of this, among other things, is the 15% increase in attendance and the sharp growth in the number of countries represented. These figures enabled Gruppo Lucefin in the space of three days to meet “more than 200 customers”, according to CEO Giorgio Buzzi. Luca Baldassar, of Grigliati Baldassar, says that “the results of our first experience have been excellent. This is the only event we will be repeating in future.” The pipe mill Sideralba is also making a note in its diary: “Made in Steel offers a fantastic opportunity to meet and talk,” said managing director, Luigi Rapullino. “Three hectic days of business which it is impossible to miss.”
One of the strengths of the exhibition that exhibitors particularly appreciate is its international dimension. 2017 attracted firms from 74 countries, an increase on the 2015 edition. “I’ve been following this event since it was held in Brescia,” said Giorgio Ventura, CEO of Jacquet Italtaglio. “Its exponential growth and international scope make its one of the top meetings in Europe.” According to Sauro Bucciarelli, CEO of the service centre Siderurgica Fiorentina spa it also “facilitates relationships and contacts with potential partners.”
All this is made possible by Made in Steel’s twin vocation as a fair and a conference, which this year was highlighted by the presentation and panel discussions surrounding the Stati Generali dell’ACCIAIO. “It represents an added value that is not commonly found in other sectors of Italian manufacturing, or in the European metals industry as a whole for that matter,” stated Antonio Marcegaglia.