# 10 Winter 2022

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Dear Readers, 
Since the last edition of our newsletter I have taken the role as the Director of the Italian Trade Agency’s Chicago Office. Needless to say, I am enthusiastic about the opportunities coming into play for companies and manufacturers such as yourself in 2022. 
The North American market has been experiencing dynamic changes and challenges as production and operations are addressing deep concerns such as supply chain logistics and weaknesses in finding and training a skilled workforce while demand for their goods and services are approaching record highs. 
We are finding that manufacturers looking to capture growth and protect long-term profitability are embracing digital capabilities from corporate functions to the factory floor. Smart factories, including greenfield and brownfield investments for many manufacturers, are viewed as one of the keys to driving competitiveness. Some examples of these types of investments by Italian companies in North America you will find in this edition of the newsletter.
And more organizations are making progress and seeing results from more connected, reliable, efficient, and predictive processes at the plant. According to a recent Deloitte report “2022 Manufacturing Outlook” Next year 45% of manufacturing executives surveyed expect further increases in operational efficiency from investments in industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) that connect machines and automate processes. 
Recent statistics published in the Italian version of this edition illustrate that for many of the sectors making up the Machines Italia program, in the first nine months of 2021, over a third of our Italian machinery manufacturers experienced 20+% growth variation in terms of their exports into the marketplace. 
Depending on which end market you may find yourself operating, chances are that environmental accountability is increasingly a focus. And to develop and deliver against net-zero or carbon-neutral goals, you may be dedicating or redesigning sustainability roles and initiatives and quantifying efforts and results around energy consumption. With increasing attention on disclosures relating to climate impact, you may be more likely to operationalize or communicate environmental commitments in areas of product design, sourcing, production, distribution, and after-market.
If this type of accountability is important to you, then maybe you could consider our Italian machinery manufacturers to help you better face this challenge. These manufacturers, which have operated within some of the world’s most stringent economies, have already successfully helped their clients’ successfully implement this type of accountability within their corporate DNAs.
In 2021, we provided many of you with in person opportunities to engage with them successfully at trade shows such as World AG Expo, ConExpo-Con/Agg, PackExpo Las Vegas, Coverings, GlassBuild America, and Fabtech just to name a few. 
And this year, we hope to see you at our shows such as PackExpo International, Collision Conference in Toronto,  SIGEP and MCE Expocomfort in Rimini and Milano, Italy, Plastimagen and  Expo Pack Mexico, in Mexico City,  Fundiexpo,  in Monterrey, 2022 and of course at IMTS 2022 here in Chicago.
In closing, I and my colleagues in our North American offices engaged in the activities of Machines Italia, hope you and yours had the best during this recent holiday season while looking forward to connecting with many of you during our 2022 activities here in the marketplace.
Marco Verna
Italian Trade Commissioner – Chicago

Events & Initiatives

MCE Expocomfort 2022 Contest….And The Winner Is
BIAT 2021: Lucky N. 7
North American Contingent At VITRUM 2021
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ACIMIT: Italian Technology For Mexico’s Textile Industry
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BIAT 2021: Lucky N. 7
North American Contingent At VITRUM 2021
PackExpo Las Vegas 2021
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Industry News

​Geocart Chooses Montréal For First North American Office
Nortek Joins Nice S.p.a.’s Family
New VP At SCM Group Canada
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​LEITNER Completes The New Cablebús Line 2 In Mexico City
​Fincantieri Project In Yucatan Presented To The Minister Of Economy Of Mexico
Fast Expansion Of Fedrigoni Group In Mexico
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Success Stories & Testimonials

Following (and mostly thanks to) the entry into force of the T-MEC trade agreement between the USA, Canada and Mexico, seven large industrial projects, including Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive ones, will be completed at the World Trade Center Industrial Park in San Luis Potosí.

 “Despite the economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, T-MEC gave a boost to the Mexican economy and in particular to its industrial ecosystem in San Luis Potosí” said José Luis Contreras, Executive Director of Grupo Valoran (commercial real estate), while commenting on the new string of investments within the State’s World Trade Center industrial park.


​Covid-19 has affected the whole world and it did not spare the manufacturing industry. However, surprisingly, many companies have adapted to these changing circumstances by understanding that evolution is and always has been the only constant in their line of business.
 Mexico, with a land mass of over 1.9 million km2, is the fourteenth largest country in size, and is strategically positioned as a gateway to the North America and Central and South America markets. Its Federal Republic consists of 32 states, with high concentrations of economic activities within its three major metropolitan areas.
 According to CONCAMIN (Confederacion de Camaras Industriales de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos), the Bajío-Centro Occidente region is at the forefront of Mexico’s industrial development and its transition to the new era of digitalization and industry 4.0 or as we would say here in Mexico, a transition from manufacturing to mentefattura or “mind-manufacturing”.



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