Machines Italia — A post COVID-19 Scenario

Italian Trade Agency - Chicago


Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

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The manufacturing ecosystem has seen its capacity to plan its investments ahead fall sharply as a result of the current pandemic. In this webinar, experts from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Italian Trade Agency will share with you the results of an extensive survey on what strategic changes executives in manufacturing are going to implement to successfully adapt to the new framework.

Some changes expected to happen in 2030 have been anticipated to 2021 in the framework of the new normal business practices.

From this event you’ll gain...

  • Access to the latest findings from the ITA-SME Post Covid-19 manufacturing study done with 500 manufacturers in the USMCA
  • An understanding and an awareness of new technologies and best practices related to Smart Manufacturing such as automation on the factory floor and workforce development
  • Actual case study about companies who already over the course of 2020 have provided solutions helping their USMCA clients feel as if it’s already 2030!

  • Speakers

    Bruce Morey
    Senior Technical Editor
    SME Media

    Bruce Morey is the Senior Technical Editor for Manufacturing Engineering magazine.

    Steve George
    Manager, SME Business Intelligence

    Marco Saladini
    Trade Commissioner

    Marco currently manages the Chicago, Illinois office of the Italian Trade Agency, tasked with developing bilateral trade and investment relations between USA and Italy in the industrial machinery, automotive, food distribution and publishing sectors (August 2017 onwards). The office assists Italian and local companies nationwide, in these sectors. Marco stands ready to work with local companies and administrations to facilitate mutual advantage solutions related to their business needs and involving an Italian counterpart. He is a trained economics practitioner with expertise in macroeconomic and sector analysis, statistical databases and internationalization support policies Marco has previously been working as ITA’s Senior Economic studies officer (2013-2017), Innovation and start-up companies team officer (2014-2015), Chief representative for ITA in Vietnam (2006-2011), Advisor to the Executive Director for Italy and other countries at the World Bank Group (2000-2005) and Economic studies officer (1993-2000). He holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences from La Sapienza in Rome and a Certificate in Emerging Markets from Johns Hopkins’ SAIS He’s a member of the Italian Journalists’ Guild since 1992.

    Linda DiRocco
    Human Resource Director
    UTIL Canada Limited

    My name is Linda DiRocco. After working in the financial industry for almost 15 years I found that my strong suit was not actually working with numbers but with people. In 2014 I began my certification in Human Resources. I loved the fact that I was able to assist people in a variety of ways, especially when it came to promoting personal growth and development. I am enthusiastic, highly motivated, and detail oriented. My role in a Human Resource capacity has given me the ability and skill set to provide creative, innovative, and forward-thinking leadership in a team environment with a focus on achieving continuous, improved business performance.

    Fabrizio Montanelli
    Area General Manager
    VITAP Costruzioni Meccaniche S.p.A.

    Fabrizio Montanelli has been the Area General Manager & Marketing Director for Vitap S.p.a for over 21 years.Mr. Montanelli is responsible for opening new markets while consolidating operational activities in existing ones. A good part of his responsiblities require targeted on-site visits, organizing seminars and commercial training programs. In handling a wide variety of marketing and communication technologies and strategies he has played an important role in providing the company numerous opportunitiesfor fostering new market growth within the North American marketplace.

    José Luis Arcos
    Sales Executive/Application Engineer
    Flow Technology Components México

    José Luis Arcos is a mechanical engineer at UNITEC university in Mexico with 13 years of experience in technical applications, design and selection of process equipment in the food & beverage industry.

    Giuseppe Lesce

    Since 2019, Giuseppe Lesce is President of FEDERMACCHINE, the National Federation of Association of Manufacturers of capital goods intended for industrial and handicrafts manufacturing processes and he is also director of Public Affairs of SACMI Imola group, international leader in the production of machines and complete systems for the ceramics, metals, packaging, food and beverage industries and for the production of containers made of plastic and advanced materials.

    Always involved in associative activities, Lesce was vice president of FEDERMACCHINE from 2017 to 2019 and, from 2010 to 2016, president of UCIMA, the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers' Association.

    Graduated in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bologna, Giuseppe Lesce is married and has three children.