EMO bursts onto the international machine tool exposition scene in the odd years (2003, 2005, etc.) between the even-year appearances of IMTS (www.imtsnet.org) and JIMTOF (www.jimtof.org) and regional expositions in Europe including the U.K. (www.mach2004.com), Spain, and Italy (www.bimu-sfortec.com).
Under the newly adopted agreement promulgated by CECIMO (European consortium of sponsoring national machine tool organizations), EMO will alternate only between Hannover in two-year show cycles (next 2005 and 2007) and then return to Milan in 2009 (and every six years thereafter). The last time EMO saw Paris (1999) was also the last time you will see EMO in Paris, as the "City of Lights" has been dropped from the EMO rotation.
A new exposition venue with 200,000 square meters of space is being built in Milan, so even the venerable and maze-like Fiera Milano has seen the last of the world-class European machine tool show.
This year's version did not disappoint. A total of 1,648 exhibits occupied 127,000 square meters of space with some 6,500 machines with a value of nearly 550 [euro] million ($638 million). Exhibitor stands (booths to us) were visited by 155,000 attendees during the show from October 21 to 28, comprising 85,000 visitors from Italy and 60,000 foreign visitors from Europe and 10,000 students.
"Record-setting numbers" compared with the last EMO in Milan were cited by Italian machine tool executive Pier Luigi Streparava, the show's general commissioner. The numbers of exhibitors were up 13 percent and exhibition space up 26 percent. The importance of Italy to the machine tool industry is seen in its position as the number three producer of machine tools ($3.7 billion) in 2002 and the number five consumer of machine tools ($2.9 billion). There was a strong flavor of Italian exhibits, though more than half of the exhibitors were foreign companies.
Riello Sistemi S.p.A. presented the m[c.sup.2] flexible production cell with two independent single spindle/twin spindle machining centers with a 4-position pallet changer designed for machining medium to high volume parts in steel, cast iron, and aluminum within a 500 mm cube. Mandelli, a Riello group company, introduced its revamped Storm 1100 available with universal tilting heads or tilting tables for 5-axis machining. According to Andrea Riello, president, Mandelli will refocus on North America next year. Riello Sistemi, www.rsleads.com/312rp161 There were a number of interesting...