The whole supply chain will exhibit at METEF and MECSPE

Aluminum supply chain, the growth of the “metal of the future” for a sustainable and efficient economy: in ten years world production has increased +48% and overall consumption in Italy has increased +35%.

Italy leads “technology” with a quarter of the companies active in aluminum production in Europe.

More than 2,000 companies on display for the two trade fair shows organized by Senaf underway at BolognaFiere until tomorrow

Bologna, June 10, 2022 – Primary aluminium production shows a significant growth worldwide in 2022, reaching 70 million tons produced (up 48 percent from 2012), rising to 100 mln by 2050. The total turnover in Italy in 2021 counts a turnover of the whole supply chain of more than 40 billion euros, and has great potential for further growth in the coming years. What does it all mean? Which will certainly have positive consequences in terms of the circular economy and decarbonization of industrial processes, due to the ability of aluminum – not by chance – referred to as the “metal of the future” to be flexible and infinitely reusable. These are key features to make the industrial sector even more sustainable and efficient. In order to facilitate this process, it is important for all stakeholders in the industry to face the upcoming challenges together, and it is with this spirit that the following was inaugurated yesterday METEF, the international expo forthe aluminum, ferrous and non-ferrous metal foundry industry, which runs until tomorrow at BolognaFiere in conjunction with MECSPE, the most important exhibition in Italy dedicated to manufacturing.

A program full of initiatives and conferences to focus on the aluminum industry in Italy, which is increasingly connected with Europe and the rest of the world, and the new solutions developed for companies in terms of innovation, digitalization and sustainability. But what is the condition of aluminum enterprises in our country? First, six out of ten companies have been severely affected by rising raw material prices and high energy prices. A situation, however, that did not have a negative effect on the orders of these companies (adequate for 75 percent of them) or even less on the expected turnover at the end of the year (up for almost 60 percent). This is what emerges from the MECSPE Observatory data on I quad. 2022, which gives us a picture of the aluminum industry in good condition: despite the not insignificant difficulties facing businesses at the moment, as many as eight out of ten entrepreneurs say they are satisfied with the current performance of their business.

Let’s carry on in this way with the aluminum sector, which has more than 2,500 companies active in primary and secondary production in Europe, about a quarter of which are in Italy. As noted during the important appointments of the METEF schedule, the competitive advantage of the aluminum supply chain in Italy lies first and foremost in the technological leadership of the activities of all those “downstream” SMEs that make the sector strong and thriving, being able to boast on know-how consolidated over the years and constituting a segment that for Italy is worth more than 70 percent of the supply chain’s turnover and more than 90 percent of the workforce.

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The figures of MECSPE and METEF in a nutshell

92,000 square metres of exhibition space, 2,000 square metres of the Cuore Mostra MECSPE LIVE ACADEMY, 16 special initiatives and conferences.


MECSPE Exhibitions

Machines and Tools – Machine tools, Equipment, Tools and Design Software; Machines, Materials and Sheet Metal  Working – Bending, Stamping, Cutting, Assembly, Welding, Materials and Software; Digital Factory – Industrial Informatics, IoT, Industrial Sensing, Cloud-manufacturing, Automatic Identification Technologies, Applications, Devices, Instrumentation and Intelligent Components for Process Interpretation and Interconnection; Logistics – Packaging, Packing, Handling, Material handling, Lean manufacturing, Warehouse management software, Supply chain management, Safety systems, PPE, Outsourcing; Mechanical Subcontracting – Precision mechanical processing, Metal carpentry, Mechanical construction, Fasteners, Foundries, Small parts, Wire processing, Contract industrial processing, Micromachining; Electronic subcontracting – Cem (contract electronics manufacturer), Wiring harnesses, Ems (electronics manufacturing service), PCB (printed circuit board manufacturers), Engineering and design offices; Eurostampi, Machines and plastic, rubber and composites subcontracting – Plastics, rubber and composites processing, Machines and plants, Auxiliary equipment, Innovative materials, Moulding, Extrusion, Packaging, Blowing, Moulds, Models, Standardised components for moulds, Design, Simulation and design software, Micromachining; Additive Manufacturing – 3D printing, Rapid prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing, Systems and services for reverse engineering, Additive technology, Materials, Services, Hardware: 3D printers and scanners, accessories, Simulation and design software; Treatments and Finishes – Surface Treatment Plants, Furnaces, Electroplating, Chemical and Electronic Processes, Washing, Metallization, Enamelling, Galvanizing, Products and accessories for treatments, Heat Treatments, Painting; Non-Ferrous Materials and Alloys – Processing of non-ferrous materials (Aluminium, Titanium, Magnesium, Light Alloys), Die Castings, Foundries, Contract Industrial Processing, Technologies, Design, Engineering; Automation and Robotics – Automation and Robotics, Assembly, Assembly and Handling; Control and Quality – Certification and quality control, Metrology, Measuring instruments, Laboratory testing, Calibration, Analytical equipment, Vision; Power Drive – Mechanical power transmission devices, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Mechatronics, Motion control, Maintenance, Compressed air.


Raw materials | Die casting | Nonferrous foundry | Ferrous foundry | Extrusion | Rolling | Engineering and simulation | Finishing and processing | Recycling


METEF, the international exhibition for aluminium, metal foundry and innovative materials technologies, was launched for the first time in Italy in 1997 by Alfin-Edimet and is now in the portfolio of an equal joint venture of Veronafiere and BolognaFiere. It  stands out as a leading event in the international metallurgical segment and has been updated in terms of concept, structure and location. METEF, whose organisation is entrusted to Senaf, will be held at the same time as MECSPE, the reference event for the manufacturing industry in Italy. The organisational and structural innovations of the new METEF are aimed at enhancing the role played in the global market by a sector which is is extraordinarily important from the social and economic point of view,  such as metallurgy and advanced light metal manufacturing. This segment has been undergoing significant development and is already generating a turnover for the whole sector of over 40 billion euros in our country.


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