EMO Milano Exhibition to Showcase Global Metalworking Industry October 2021

With high expectations for an in-person event, EMO Milano, taking place Oct. 4-9, will spotlight metal cutting machine tools, automation and more, complemented by several side initiatives for a comprehensive industry outlook.


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Promoted by CECIMO, the European Association of Machine Tool Industries (Brussels, Belgium), and organized by the operational structures of UCIMU – Sistemi Per Produrre, the Italian machine tools, robots and automation systems manufacturers’ association, EMO Milano 2021, the world exhibition for the metalworking industry, will take place at Fiera Milano in Rho, Italy, on October 4-9, 2021. 

EMO Milano will be showcasing “the magic world of metalworking” per its slogan, covering metal forming and metal cutting machine tools, production systems, enabling technologies, robots and automation, solutions for interconnected and digital factories and additive manufacturing (AM). Manufacturing sectors, including machine tools, automotive, aeronautics, aerospace, railway, the metallurgic sector and materials will be represented.

Although things are still uncertain due to the global pandemic, event organizers report that several renowned companies have already confirmed their participation in the world metalworking exhibition. Considering the current circumstances, a revision of EMO Milano’s General Regulations has been provided for, in order to facilitate the enterprises in making their decision to take part in the world exhibition. 

Since February 2021, 26 countries are already represented among the exhibitors that will take part in EMO Milano 2021. Italy, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, China and Korea are among the most represented countries in the list of the exhibitors that will be participating. This list is expected to grow, especially as safety protocols are already well-established.

“The expectations of sector operators are very high, which is a testimony to the firm intention that the manufacturing world will be returning to some normality,” says Luigi Galdabini, general commissioner of EMO Milano. “A large number of applications to exhibit have already been received at the Secretariat Office and their collection goes on swiftly. However, we expect that it will further intensify in the next weeks, thanks to the more and more widespread distribution of vaccines to the global population.”

The EMO Milano’s expectations for holding this event are high. According to the forecasts processed by Oxford Economics, after a 23.4% fall registered in 2020, 2021 should bring about a recovery in machine tool consumption worldwide, expected to grow by +18.4% to €61 billion, (€Asia 33 billion, +15.6%; Europe €17 billion, +23.5%; Americas €12 billion, +19.7%). Moreover, the Italian government is said to have set up special fiscal incentives, which consist of tax credit up to 50%, for Italian companies investing in new machine tools, robots, automation systems, 4.0 and digital technologies in 2021 and 2022. 

EMO Milano will also be complemented by several side initiatives to make the most of its exhibitors and attendees’ presence in Milan during the event. Among these initiatives is EMO Digital, which have a display and demonstration area dedicated to illustrating the potential of digital technologies for the manufacturing world. The Start Up Area will highlight the role of start-ups for a sector whose strong point is innovation.

With The Speaker Corner, a sort of arena set up within one of the exhibition halls, EMO Milano will combine its exhibition with a thematic, in-depth cultural analysis, developed through a program of conferences on specific topics and through side events that will host discussions with opinion leaders and presentations of technologies related to the sector. 

Updated information and details regarding the trade show are available on the exhibition website here.