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Machines Italia Discusses Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 At MIT’s EmTech 2016
On the heels of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development’s launch of the Industrial National Plan 4.0, Machines Italia USA and the Italian Trade Commission (ITA) Chicago  office hosted a conversation on the ground-breaking collaborations between Italian and US companies in advanced manufacturing and the emergence of the Industry 4.0.
The event took place on October 18th, 2016 at the Samberg Conference Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, MA, as part of EmTech 2016.

Among the panelists:
•           Michele Scannavini, President of the Italian Trade Commission (ITA)
•           Stefano Domenicali, Chairman & CEO, Automobili Lamborghini
•           Alberto Maria Sacchi, Board Member and past President, Federmacchine
•           Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, COO, MIT Technology Review
The panel discussion titled, “Advanced Manufacturing: Through Collaboration Comes Innovation,” illustrated best practices and partnerships between US and Italian companies that are shaping Industry 4.0. The panelists talked about the growing number of joint advanced research centers, including Lamborghini and Boeing’s efforts to spur the carbon fiber industry, and Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development and IBM developing the first IBM Watson Health European Center of Excellence with IBM, investing $150 million USD Milan-based facility
ITA President Michele Scannavini said, “Collaboration breeds innovation and the partnerships between U.S. and Italian companies are indicative of this success. EmTech is the perfect platform to share how more businesses can innovate together.”
“We’re thrilled to present the best of Italian innovation at EmTech 2016, a perfect fit to highlight Lamborghini’s experimentation and advancement in carbon fiber research. We are proud to be among such an esteemed panel at one of the world’s leading institutions to share what innovations lie ahead at Lamborghini’s future,” said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO, Automobili Lamborghini.

 Attendees acquired striking new insights about the U.S.-Italian participation in Industry 4.0 including:
• Italy is the third largest EU exporter of flexible manufacturing technologies including robotics with $9.6 billion USD in Italian exports to the U.S.
• Its Industrial National Plan 4.0 is heavily promoting investments in innovation to attract €10 billion of additional private industrial investments by 2017
• The goal is to increase private investments up to €11.3 billion in research, innovation and development and €2.6 billion through tax deductions in innovative startups and venture capital investments.
Video footage of the “Advanced Manufacturing: Through Collaboration Comes Innovation” panel discussion is available at the following link.

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