The joint stock company based in Viale del Lavoro to buy out 100% of the shares of the Italian reference show for the aluminium, foundry and innovative metal sector.
Verona, 25th July 2017 – Metef, brand of the most important Italian exhibition dedicated to the world of aluminium, foundry and innovative metals, is now fully owned by Fiera di Verona. In fact the joint stock company based in Viale del Lavoro has bought out the 50% shares of Metef Srl, acquired in 2012 by Alfin-‐Edimet, historical organizer of the show. The next edition of Metef is planned for 2020.
“This acquisition – explains Maurizio Danese, President of Veronafiere – consolidates Metef development plan. The exhibition has now become for all purposes an asset in the product range of Veronafiere Spa along with the other shows the company organizes, benefiting from the EUR23-‐million investments outlined in our industrial plan up to 2020 and from any possible future partnership within the sector production chain.”
“Along with major partners such as Amafond, this acquisition – says Giovanni Mantovani, GM of Veronafiere – aims at protecting and promoting even more directly another excellent and less known sector of the Italian industrial world. Aluminium and innovative metals are a EUR11-‐billion sector that will increasingly gain strategic value in the future, especially in terms of automotive applications.”
This announcement has come just some weeks after the 11th Metef ended. From June 21st through 24th the show was visited by 11,000 sector operators and reported a growth in terms of international visitors – coming from 63 foreign countries – which accounted for 40% of the total, with a 26% increase over 2014. The exhibitor companies were almost 400, 35% of which were foreign, also on the rise.
“Innovation is the leitmotif of our show. In the last twenty years Metef has been the promoter of excellence in the world of aluminium and the related industrial sector – commented Mario Conserva, President of Metef. – This year’s show expressed the trend reversal of the entire production chain with very positive aspects for development, especially in cross-‐cutting compartments such as automotive and digitalization.”
Another confirmation of the recovery signals in the global aluminium sector comes from the presence at this exhibition of several trade delegations from both highly industrialized countries (USA, Germany, Austria and Russia) and from emergency economies in terms of technical and productive capacities (India, Iran, Iraq, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Mexico) as well as from major raw material producing countries (Norway, Persian Gulf area, Russia and India).
Veronafiere Press Office