# 9 Summer 2021

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Summer 2021 issue of our Machines Italia Newsletter. I Hope that you are all safe and  partially or fully vaccinated. 

 As I am writing, the third wave of the pandemic is for the most part and in most countries  receding.  The case count numbers are dropping in Italy, Canada, and the US. Even if concerns for dreadful new strains of the Coronavirus still linger, the world economy is restarting and  trying to pick up  the pieces of what is arguably the worst crisis of this century…. so far.

In reality, however,  the manufacturing industry has not stopped throughout the past 15-16 months, as most secondary sector activities were classified as essential and exempted from mandatory closures.  On the contrary, the vast majority of manufacturers had to ramp-up production or pivot their operations to supply sanitizers, respirators, PPE  and whatever was requested by local hospitals, health units and clients.  Last September (2020), Machines Italia and PLANT  Magazine, Canada’s most influential trade publication, gathered virtually to honour and recognize manufacturing companies that distinguished themselves in the fight against COVID-19, including  Forty Creek Distillery Ltd.,  which was the recipient of Machines Italia Hero Awards. Manufacturers in North America, Italy, and elsewhere were striving to fulfill their corporate mission while overcoming endless hurdles:   labour shortages and restrictive sanitary protocols, dwindling of critical supplies, logistics nightmares, rising  costs, only to name a few.  

Nevertheless, the manufacturing industry continues to stay strong, boasted by sustained consumer spending on durable and nondurable goods and lower inventory.  The prolonged pandemic has, however, stressed a few critical issues concerning the future of the industry in what many refer to as the new normality.  Among the lessons learned from the pandemic I would like to include, firstly, the importance, in a lively economy, of maintaining a dynamic manufacturing sector. Having a pool of manufacturers within the national borders  reduces the  risks associated with relying heavily on suppliers located in remote areas of the planet.  Governments are becoming more aware of this and the reshoring movement is picking up speed In the US, and North America in particular.

The second COVID lesson is the understanding of the pivotal role of  automation, advanced technology, and industry-4.0-enabled tools to keep the shopfloor going with an increasingly scarce workforce. Thirdly, with  technology, it is paramount to be able to trust in reliable partners such as the many companies and people that are part of  Machines Italia.

With the reopening of the economies, Machines Italia has also picked up its pace.  Our calendar of upcoming activities is filling up with initiatives and events in Italy, Canada, USA and Mexico.   These events include:  EMO, the VELP project,   EIMA International, VITRUM and more. Read our newsletter to learn more about these events and how to get involved, or visit our website at www.machinesitalia.org for news and announcements on upcoming initiatives.

Lastly, after almost 8 years in North America, at the helm of the Chicago office first and then the Canadian Italian Trade Commission - ITA network,  I will be joining the Industrial and Capital Technology Central Office in Rome, Italy where I will continue  supporting Machines Italia’s strategic policies. 
 My time in this beautiful continent has been a very exciting and formative professional and personal experience.

I wish you all a great Summer.  

Matteo Picariello
Italian Trade Commissioner – Canada

Events & Initiatives

Italy’s High Tech Back At Collision 2021
Industrial Export To North America Wraps Up
MCE Live + Digital: HVAC, Plumbing, Energy Technology Conference & Show
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High-level Panel On Mexico-Piedmont Business Opportunities
MCE Live + Digital: HVAC, Plumbing, Energy Technology Conference & Show
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The Italian Glass Series
Italia Demo Days At World AG EXPO® 2021
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Industry News

Lamborghini Unveils $1.8 Billion Plan to Electrify Its Supercars
Bausano Twin-screw Extruders Powered By Multidrive Technology In The US And Canada
37 Italian Packaging Machinery Companies Help Out The Vaccination Efforts
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Casa Cuervo Chooses SACMI Labelling: Versatility + Performance For A Tradition Of Excellence
The Manufacturing Industry Leads The Economic Recovery In Mexico
Italy’s A.Celli Supplies Advanced Technology Solutions For New Blue Tissue Plant in Mexico
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Italy’s Stevanato Group To Build $145M Plant In Fishers Indiana
Lavazza To Open First US Roasting And Packing Plant
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