Innovation, restart and safety. These are the three key words that will dominate the 8th edition of the GIS, the Italian Days of Lifting and Exceptional Transport, starting tomorrow at the Piacenza Expo. To inaugurate the event, the conference ‘Terminalism and Logistics, between energy challenges and technological innovations’. Among the speakers: Umberto Ruggerone, president of Assologistica, Marco Spinedi, director of the Unione interporti gathered, Alessandro Ferrari, director of Assiterminal, Fabrizio Vettosi, managing director of Vsl Club, Bartolomeo Giachino, president of Saimare. Moderated by Angelo Scorza, director of “Ship2Shore”. But the three days of the GIS – with its 400 confirmed Italian and foreign exhibitors, housed in the over 41 thousand square meters of the Piacenza exhibition center – will offer a privileged stage for a unified photograph of the sectors of material lifting, work at height, industrial handling. and port and exceptional transport. Universes closely interconnected, struggling with the difficulties caused by the post-pandemic restart and the scarcity of raw materials. “The sector of lifting equipment for materials and people installed on trucks is experiencing a restart phase, after the Covid crisis, thanks to a strong recovery in demand”, explains Giammarco Giorda, director of Anfia, National Association of the Automotive Industry. “In the face of an increase in orders, however, producers have to deal with the difficulties in deliveries dictated by the rise in prices and the shortage of raw materials, a problem that heavily impacts various industrial sectors and that shows no sign of solving in the short term, causing concern in companies “, Giorda concludes.” After a drop of -14.4% in 2020, the trend in the goods handling sector is certainly positive in 2021 “, adds Maurizio Tansini, president of Aisem, federated Anima Confindustria. “We have to deal with the price increases of raw materials and with the difficulties of supply. This situation entails an extension of production and delivery times, especially for Italy, which is heavily affected by the increase in sea freight rates for shipping. importing raw materials and exporting products. The prospects are positive, but we have to get out of this funnel that has arisen “. But the GIS will also discuss innovation and the new challenges imposed by the pandemic, as confirmed by Jean -Francois Daher, general secretary of Assologistica: “Logistics – in all its aspects and in the many types of operators that make it up – is experiencing a period of great transformation, also driven by recent events linked to the pandemic. ‘other, highlighted how important and vital our sector is for the economy and the stability of the country, but not only. A transformation linked to various factors, starting with the important development of the technological component and of the changing lifestyles of consumers, including Italians “. One of the focal themes of the GIS will, of course, be the NRRR launched by the Draghi government to restart the country, as Ivano Russo, general manager of Confetra points out: “The logistics industry emerges from the black year of the pandemic with encouraging results. Of course, and especially for some segments such as b2b curriers or cruise terminals, the blow was hard if not very hard. For others, I am thinking of international shipments or rail cargo, the economic repercussions of the crisis have been less impactful. Now the traffics are in any case restarted, the industrial production as well, the NRP represents a huge opportunity to change the economic history of the country. Although in a context full of pitfalls and problems – see the trend in freight rates, the shortage of containers to be repositioned or the difficulties in procuring some raw materials – it seems to me that the conditions are in place to do well. As a logistics sector, and above all as a whole country “. The 3 days dedicated to Lifting and Exceptional Transport will also be an opportunity to reflect on the bureaucratic and regulatory difficulties, which often represent a brake on development:” Renters after a fluctuating 2020 due the pandemic (but still positive) is experiencing a very interesting 2021 driven both by forms of concessions to construction but also by customers who are increasingly looking to rent. The sector of rental of capital goods in Italy is growing well becoming an interesting market at European level, but it is still based on regulations that refer to the 1942 mercantile code and by analogy to leasing. Professional hirers deserve sector recognition for moving and growing with additional professionalism in respect of safety and sustainability “, says Marco Prosperi, general manager of Assonolo. workplace, in line with the recent commitments signed by the Government and trade unions. A commitment witnessed by the sponsorships granted to GIS by the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility and by Anas, as well as by the presence at the Lifting and Transport Days exceptional events by Inail, the Conference of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces, the Emilia Romagna Region, the Italian Army and the Municipality of Piacenza. Yet another novelty of the 8th edition is the ‘Gis by Night’, a special evening event dedicated to exhibitors and their guests: all in fact, themat catering outlets will be located inside the pavilions of the Fair ici and musical entertainment that will allow the participants to the evening useful business contacts in a decidedly relaxed atmosphere. prestige of the Piacenza event.
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