# 7 Summer 2020

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Summer 2020 edition of the Machines Italia English newsletter!

This is the first newsletter after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemics and I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of you and in particular to those who have continued to work with Italian solution providers, over these past few months. I understand how hard it has been and still is, from all points of view, to keep up with your daily operational challenges but at the same time I’m aware of and I truly appreciate the positive returns of your efforts, for your business and for our countries as a whole. I would also like to extend my condolences to those who suffered a loss in their family or among their friends due to the pandemic. 

Coming to our newsletter, its audience has grown to over 5,000 readers, an impressive number for any type of communication with North American manufacturers!

This edition has as its focus the post-COVID-19 ecosystem and how manufacturing is playing a critical role in helping all of us stay as safe and healthy as possible.

We have included a number of articles in the news section illustrating how the collaboration between Italian and North American companies is helping our economies avoid a free fall in employment and activity levels and/or is creating new business opportunities. We hope you find them insightful if not inspiring. 

As we move forward into the second half of 2020, our Agency here in North America looks to continue providing opportunities for companies such as yours to connect with Italian industry via trade shows, conferences, and delegations to Italy, as shown in the upcoming events section of the newsletter. Where cancellations and postponements will occur, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) shall be ready to help maintain communication avenues open, either contributing to online events or just promptly serving your requests for searching new Italian solution providers in your industry. 

An example of how ITA facilitates collaborations, with an eye to innovative technologies, can be found in the embedded YouTube video which follows, where representatives of leading Italian companies, research centers, and industrial trade associations present an overview of Italy’s advanced manufacturing landscape and of their partnerships with North American counterparts. The video was shot at the ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ annual conference, the IMECE, in Salt Lake City on November 13th, 2019. The Italian Way to Advanced Manufacturing discussion panel was part of our Agency’s Innovation Days (ID) USA series of events. A link to the full conference panel discussion, with insights from six prestigious speakers, is available here. For details and to stay informed about upcoming events, please visit the program’s website
Innovation Days Video
The Machines Italia team, which is operating out of four ITA offices, i.e. Chicago, Houston, Mexico City, and Toronto, remains unwaveringly and fully committed to enhancing opportunities to take advantage of Italian technological solutions. Our staff is experienced, proactive, and results-oriented: do not hesitate to contact us! 

Thank you for your loyalty and partnership as we move through these uncharted waters.
Marco Saladini
Italian Trade Commissioner - Chicago USA

Events & Initiatives

Ryerson University + Machines Italia Awareness Survey 2004 - 2018
All About Baking @ AB Tech 2020
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Machines Italia Partner ASSOMAC To Help Mexico Fight COVID-19
Italian Ultrasound Technology To Grow Tomatoes In Central America
Machines Italia 15+ Years Of Creativity
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Innovation Days 2019 @ IMECE 2019
All About Baking @ AB Tech 2020
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Industry News

Italy’s Enel Turns On 3 Wind Generation Parks In Usa And Canada
SOLIANI EMC: Electromagnetic Shielding Solutions For The Aerospace, Automotive And ITC Industries
Gorreri’s Processing Technology For The Baking Industry
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​Nissan-Renault And Mitsubishi Establish A New Strategic Global Alliance
​Italy’s ENI Makes Important Oil Discoveries In Mexico
The Conclusion Of The Negotiation On The New Global EU Mexico Agreement Has Been Announced
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Sofidel Group Invests $360 Million In Oklahoma Plant
Bovone Locates First U.S. Facility In North Carolina
Pegaso Industries Inaugurates New North American Headquarters In Georgia
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Success Stories & Testimonials

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that 2A S.p.A., a prominent Italian die-casting company, planned to invest $15 million to expand its foundry in Auburn, where it serves as a Tier 1 supplier to major producers of automobiles and heavy trucks. The expansion project at 2A USA in Auburn will create more than 50 jobs and double the Auburn facility’s current die-casting area.


​Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, the outlook for 2020 set out at the beginning of the year is now moot. An exogenous shock is hitting the USA and the global economy as a whole to an unknown extent. What is special about the new economic crisis is that there have been simultaneous supply and demand shocks that have commanded not only a reduction in jobs, output, and revenues but also a strong volatility and enormous losses of value on the financial markets. As a result of these shocks, the post-COVID-19 manufacturing ecosystem is expected to create a paradigm shift both in terms of where and how one manufactures, increasing the attention on worker safety as a major concern, side by side with cost-effectiveness and profits.



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