EmTech Digital 2018 The World Of AI: Actually, Italian

The Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA) and the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) provided crucial insights into the ecosystem of AI in Italy during the March 27, 2018 panel discussion on the occasion of EmTech Digital 2018 in San Francisco. Attendees to the panel gained an insider’s point-of-view on policies, opportunities, and challenges currently under way in the Italian market and implications for their global partners.

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The Italian Trade Agency Chicago Office is seeking to fill the position of Junior Accountant. - Deadline January 12th, 2018

The Italian Trade Agency Chicago Office is seeking to fill the position of Junior Accountant.

Job description

  • Keep track of employee sick days, personal hours and vacation requests.
  • Monitor budgets for multiple promotional activities, which includes updating with estimated costs and final payments to various providers
  • Enter data and upload documents into various databases.
  • Enter all monthly expenses in Oracle using specific instructions from headquarters in Rome.
  • Conclude promotional initiatives via software provided by headquarters.
  • Assist accountant with end of month closing.
  • Assist in monitoring and invoicing services provided to Italian companies and send relative information to headquarters in Rome.
  • Make photocopies of all monthly payments and send all originals via courier to headquarters in Rome.
  • Assist accounting department, and other colleagues, with various administrative tasks.
Qualifications and experience
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years’ experience in accounting
  • Orientation to detail, excellent organizational, interpersonal  and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Skillful use of applications: MS office, particularly Word and Excel, internet, email and Oracle.
  • Advanced knowledge of Italian (oral and written)
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Respect of deadlines
Salary and Compensation
Compensation will be based on applicant’s experience and will range from $3,000 to $3,200.00 gross of taxes and any other dues.  Position is full time. Health insurance will be provided after a three month trial period.
 
Employment Status
Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US, i.e. be a US citizen or have a green card. The Italian Trade Agency will not sponsor any employees.  
 
The Italian Trade Agency:
ITA - Italian Trade Agency is the Governmental agency that supports the business development of our companies abroad and promotes the attraction of foreign investment in Italy.
With a motivated and modern organization and a widespread network of overseas offices, ITA provides information, assistance, consulting, promotion and training to Italian small and medium-sized businesses. Using the most modern multi-channel promotion and communication tools, it acts to assert the excellence of Made in Italy in the world.
 
Some of the services provided are:
  • identification of possible business partners
  • bilateral trade meetings with Italian companies
  • trade delegation visits to Italy
  • official participation in local fairs and exhibition forums
  • seminars with Italian experts.
The ITA Chicago office specializes in machinery, major food retailers and publishing, among other sectors. More information on the Italian Trade Agency activities in the US is available at www.ice.it.
 
Inquiry Submission Particulars
All inquiries must include a cover letter, resume, copy of degree, a self-declaration of no pending criminal charges, photo identification and proof of residence. All documentation should be submitted via email to chicago [at] ice.it () specifying in the subject line Junior Accountant Position, by January 12, 2017.
FEDERUNACOMA Farm Machinery and Earthmoving Machinery State of the Industry Report 2015

In 2015, the world economy has recorded a deceleration in growth, with divergent trends in advanced economies and developing countries. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), global GDP grew by 3.1% in 2015, against +3.4% in 2014, as a result of the slower recovery in the advanced countries (+1.9% against +1.8% in 2014) and a further slowdown in some emerging markets (+4.0% against +4.6% in 2014). 

In 2015 Italian GDP in volume recorded a moderate recovery with a growth of +0.8%, after three years of contraction. Domestic demand and supply accumulation provided positive contributions to GDP, against a negative contribution of net export demand. The national final consumption continued the recovery started in 2014.  In 2015, inflaction remained low, registering a substantial stability, at +0.1% on average, down by more than one percentage point compared to +0.2% in 2014. In 2015, employment growth continued at a faster pace, up +0.8% with 186,000 employees more than in 2014. The unemployment rate rose from 12.7% in 2014 to 11.9% in 2015. The increase in employment regarded only dependent employment, both with fixed-term and permanent contract, while self-employed continued to fall, especially among the collaborators.

In a world scenario characterized by declining commodity prices, slower pace of trade and investment, and where also the emerging economies begin to slow, the recovery looks very moderate. The deflationary trend of the world economy was influenced by the performance of the most important commodities. Next to the gradual decline in oil price and raw materials, also food commodity prices have dropped. In Italy, according to ISTAT, GDP recorded a moderate recovery of +0.8% in 2015, compared to 2014. More intense, than the performance of GDP, was the growth of value added in agriculture, forestry and fishing, which stood at +3.8%. Overall, the Italian agricultural added value exceeded the threshold of 33 billion €, that accounts for 2.3% of the national value added.

The report provided by the Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation  FEDERUNACOMA, provides insights into the Italian manufacturing base for agriculture and farm machinery.  Download the PDF for insights and perspecitves.

Italian Packaging Technology Award Program 2016
CHICAGO, Ill. May 2017 — A "Call for Papers" for the 2017 Italian Packaging Technology Awards (IPTA) is announced by the Italian Trade Agency via its Chicago USA Office (ITA – www.italtrade.com/usa), and its partners.
 
Initiated in 2001, the IPTA program is comprised of a competition asking upper level students attending premier US universities to write a thesis on the subject of Innovation (Technical) in the Packaging Machinery Industry. Two (2) Student Winners will be selected and accompanied by one (1) US faculty member selected by the ITA, UCIMA and SME.
 
Winners of the Fourteenth Italian Packaging Technology Awards (IPTA), selected as having the best papers, will be awarded a one-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled November 5th - 11th, 2017. Students will visit top Italian companies in the packaging machinery industry, take part in an advanced educational program at the Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC along with a number of cultural activities in various Italian cities.
 
The aim of the program is to enrich the engineering education of students and to advance knowledge on issues of importance within the industry to the next generation of packaging professionals.
 
The trip is part of the Italian Packaging Technology Awards, which is part of the international program Italian Technology Awards. The IPTA is sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency, via its Chicago Office, UCIMA (Association of Italian Manufacturers of Packaging Machinery – www.ucima.it), and in the United States, by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). www.sme.org
 
Submission Criteria:
Papers must be relevant to the disciplines surrounding packaging engineering, be based on actual case histories, and must be developed according to the topic:  Technical Innovation in the Packaging Machinery Industry.
 
Faculties may decide to integrate this contest into current academic courses, allowing selected students accreditation for their work.

Paper Requirements:
Submitted papers would ideally be between 10-12 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. However, paper length considerations can be given due to time constraints. Current academic papers related to any of the aforementioned Submission Criteria may be submitted as well. Attachments such as footnotes, images, photocopied materials, source citations, statistics, etc., are allowed. Papers should be submitted in electronic format by Friday, August 29th, 2017 to SME at Membership [at] sme.org
Italian Glass Machinery Technology Award
The Italian Glass Machinery Technology Award (IGMTA) program is comprised of a competition asking upper level students attending premier US universities to write a short paper on why they would like to go to Italy to learn more about the Italian glass working machinery and technology industry. The aim of the program is to enrich the engineering education of students and to advance knowledge on issues of importance within the industry to the next generation of engineering professionals. Maximum of four (4) Student Winners will be selected and accompanied by one (1) US faculty member (should budget allow) selected by the ITA, GIMAV and SME.
 
Winners of the Italian Glass Machinery Technology Awards (IGMTA), selected as having the best papers, will be awarded a one-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled November 5th - 11th, 2017. Students will visit top Italian companies in the glass working machinery industry, take part in an advanced educational program at the Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC along with a number of cultural activities in various Italian cities.
 
The trip is part of the Italian Glass Machinery Technology Awards, which is part of the international program Italian Technology Awards. The IGMTA is sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency, via its Chicago Office, GIMAV (Italian Association of Glass-Processing Machinery and Accessory Suppliers – http://www.gimav.it/en/), and in the United States, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). www.sme.org

The linked PDF version of the Official Press Release, provides all necessary information for both US-based academic faculty and inquiring US students who are interested in taking part in this program to win a trip to Italy!
2015 Machines Italia Awareness NAFTA Report

This report provides insight and analysis of the Machines Italia Awareness Survey results for 2015. The Machines Italia Awareness Survey has been conducted since 2004 and includes representation of companies in NAFTA who are end-users of machinery and technology from across the 15 sectors which make up the Machines Italia project (See Appendix for list of sectors.) The 2015 survey had responses from over 700+ NAFTA based-companies who willingly provided answers to provide insight on important issues in their sectors, trends and preferences for purchasing equipment, and projections on future purchases and needs.

While in some areas of this report the 15 sectors will be analyzed or referred to separately, the majority of this report will focus on the trends and issues that arise from the survey in the aggregate manufacturing industry. This report will provide insight into the manufacturing sector in the United States, Canada and Mexico and help to identify differences and opportunities for companies of all sizes. It should be noted that this year is the first year that significant data has been collected from Canada and Mexico. This will allow for more findings, both in the report and the appendix.

The survey has evolved over the years from its initial launching, constantly being adapted and adjusted to reflect periodical trends at the times in which they were conducted. Most importantly, the survey has integrated questions and elements that look at new manufacturing methodologies and principals, purchasing behaviors, machinery sourcing, capital investments, and handling of environmental issues.

Cyclone Manufacturing receives Global Reach distinction at 2015 Ontario Export Awards
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  • Pasquale Bova, Italian Trade Commissioner Canada presents Cyclone Manufacturing with the Global Reach distinction
Italian Machine Tool Technology Award 2017 - Technical Description

The Italian Trade Agency (ITA), in partnership with UCIMU SISTEMI PER PRODURRE (the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and Ancillary Products), and SME are proud to offer students of Metalworking technologies an opportunity to experience face to face the vanguard technologies and marketing strategies which have made Italian manufacturers recognized world leaders. This year SME is once again the local partner lending its support to the ITA amd UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE to promote the 2017 call for papers. 

Throughout the years both the ITA and UCIMU have paid particular attention to the development of educational activities in Italy, which have promoted an understanding and awareness among university students of the history as well as current activities within the metalworking machinery industry.

The goal of this awarded opportunity is to strengthen the awareness of Italian technology and innovation within various metalworking related engineering research and education programs offered by premier North American universities while providing as well a first hand experience of the premier educational programs offered in Italy. 

The linked PDF version of the Official Technical Description, provides all necessary information for both US-based academic faculty and inquiring US students who are interested in taking part in this program to win a trip to Italy!

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The Italian Technology Award Programs Connect Today!

The history of technology, inventions, machinery, instruments, in Italy is a history of excellence. It is the history of creativity and ingenuity, of that mark of geniality, which has always identified the country and projects it into the future.

Today the future transcends boundaries more than ever: exponential acceleration of research and technology on the one hand and pushed toward internationalization on the other. A future in which the specifications and the identity and the abilities of the country increase to their maximum, their value consisting of innovation, well being and opportunity for all.

Machines Italia (a project by the Italian Trade Commission), in collaboration with Federmacchine, has created the initiative Italian Technology Awards (ITA) with the aim of spreading and sharing the successes of Italian technology in foreign markets. This year's program will run from July 3rd to the 16th, comprised of mechanical engineering students and faculty from the US, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and India.

The first week will be a full-week certification program offered by Italy's leading mechanical engineering and research center, Polytechnic of Milan, while the second week will be comprised of visiting companies within the ITA participating sectors.

The Polytechnic program will be comprised of engineering elements, global business strategies and practices, mechanical design and engineering, selected tours of leading Italian research centers and in-depth discussion and course work with engineering students and professors from other countries which are part of this international award program. Upon conclusion of the second week, students will be awarded a certification of completion by the University.

Both the faculty and student experiences will offer strong opportunities for educational and career enhancements.

Photos from the 2011 program are available here on the Machines Italia Flicker Account: ??http://flic.kr/s/aHsjw1eZjU

Packaging for Vending at IPACK-IMA 2012

A contest promoted by CONFIDA, the Italian Vending Association, will reward the best packaging solutions for vending machines

Vending machines are increasingly all-present in railway stations, waiting rooms, schools, common areas in shopping malls, offices, etc. The visual impact of the products is a very important factor and is often key in influencing product choice just as the customer is about to insert a coin in the slot. Packaging therefore becomes a crucial element, and not just in terms of product appearance: besides its ability to catch the eye, other key elements include “machinability”, a terms which refers to the package’s compatibility with the machine’s inner mechanisms as well as the logistic processes involved.  

During IPACK-IMA 2012 a special contest promoted by Confida (the Italian Vending Association) will reward the best packaging solution designed for the vending channel. The contest is called "Packaging for Vending" and will involve top-notch designers and manufacturers of packaging solutions, both with prototypes and existing products which will compete in two different categories. The increasing importance of packaging in products intended for the vending channel calls for a growing cooperation between companies active in packaging design and manufacturing and those involved in the vending business.

The contest will take place on one of the world’s top stages for packaging solutions: IPACK-IMA is the standard-setting international exhibition for packaging, processing, industrial logistics technology and materials, held from February 28th to March 3rd 2012 at Fiera Milano.

Subscription requests to the contest "Packaging for Vending" will be filed by February 20th (further details and subscription forms are available at www.confida.com). The competing products will have to be submitted by February 28th at CONFIDA’s stand (hall 9, stand D118) on IPACK-IMA’s opening day.

The winners will be selected on March 2nd – the second-last day of IPACK-IMA – by a jury made up of experts and Confida’s top managers; the prize-giving ceremony will take place on the same day during the convention “Packaging for Vending”. The winning packaging solutions of both categories will be displayed at Venditalia 2012, the global vending exhibition on schedule on May 9-12 at Fieramilanocity where IPACK-IMA will also participate with a stand.