Trieste, Italy


Nov 2018

Trieste, Italy

Salone di rappresentanza, FVG Autonomous Region
Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia 1 – Trieste


The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Italy's Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, would like to invite you to join us as a delegate at the forthcoming GMIS Connect Italy event discussing the theme of 'Innovation, Competitiveness and Industry 4.0'.
Italy’s forward-looking National Business Plan 4.0 has created a framework to drive investment and growth in the country’s industrial sector. The GMIS Roadshow FVG in Trieste, Italy will bring together key stakeholders from across the public and private sector, academia and NGOs to share their thoughts and experiences on how the country can best position itself as a leader in innovation and global competitiveness as well as taking advantage of significant opportunities presented by 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. The event will also explore the role of the start-up and entrepreneurial sector in the tech revolution of manufacturing; adapting education structures for advanced manufacturing jobs of tomorrow and the importance of inclusive and sustainable development goals in achieving these targets.

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  • 9:15 9:45


  • 9:45 10:00

    Opening Remarks

    Sergio Emidio BINI, Regional Minister of Friuli Venezia Giulia for industry and tourism

  • 10:00 10:15

    Welcome Address and GMIS Video

    Namir Hourani, Managing Director, GMIS Organizing Committee

  • 10:15 10:25

    Welcome Address

    Diana Battaggia, Head, UNIDO ITPO Italy

  • 10:25 10:35

    Welcome Address

    Maria Trubnikova, Head of Department of International Business Cooperation of WTC Moscow

  • 10:35 10:45

    State of the Market Address

    A timely macroeconomic overview providing top-level data and market insights from PwC’s bespoke Italy Country Report

    Gabriele Caragnano, Partner - Advisory - EMEA Operations Leader, PwC

  • 10:45 11:45

    First Panel Session: Piano Nazionale Industria 4.0: A new policy paradigm to drive economic growth, international cooperation and sustainable industrial development

    Italy’s forward-looking National Business Plan 4.0 has created a framework to drive investment and growth in the country’s industrial sector. This session will bring together a cross-section of public and private sector stakeholders to look at the impact the plan is having so far and how Italy is positioning itself for sustainable economic development in light of ever-changing global dynamics. Topics to be discussed include:
    • Increasing Italy’s competitiveness on a global scale
    • Facilitating a national culture of innovation
    • Investing in start-ups and SMEs and new sources of finance
    • Industry 4.0 as an opportunity for the FVG food sector
    • Assessing the impact of protectionism and shifting global value chains on Italy’s manufacturing sector

    Keynote Address
    Stefano Casaleggi, Director General, AREA Science Park

    Moderator: Franco Scolari, Director General, Technological Pole of Pordenone
    Prof. Gianluigi Rozza, Director's Delegate for Valorization of Research - Innovation - Knowledge and Technology Transfer- SISSA
    Massimo Debenedetti, Head of Research and Innovation, Fincantieri S.p.A.
    Michele Balbi, President, Teorema

  • 11:45 12:45

    Second Panel Session: Harnessing the potential of advanced manufacturing technologies

    A recent report found that adopting advanced manufacturing technologies could solve the two main challenges that Italian manufacturers are currently facing: outdated machinery and the lack of connectivity among these machines. However, 4IR technologies require significant investment, which especially in the SME sector, can be difficult to secure.

    This session will explore Italy’s vision for the manufacturing sector within the context of the shift to a digitised economy and looking at strategies to support and increase the wider adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies. It will also provide an overview of how an innovative strategy will help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    • SDG8 & SDG9: Italy’s vision for the manufacturing sector and the shift to industrial digitisation
    • Assessing the impact of advanced technologies on increasing competitiveness in Italy’s manufacturing sector
    • SDG 11: FVG’s vision on sustainable planning and smart cities strategy for inclusive and sustainable industrial development
    • SDG17: Facilitating investment into advanced manufacturing technologies
    • Highlighting the role of tech start-ups and SMEs on adaptive manufacturing processes
    SDG4 & SDG5: Bridging the digital divide – education and upskilling initiatives to support the adoption of advanced technologies
    • SDG8 & SDG9: FVG’s strategy to foster innovation and develop advanced technologies and infrastructure to attract highly qualified young professionals

    Keynote Address: Sergey Korotkov, Director of UNIDO Centre for International Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation

    Moderator: Vittorio Torbianelli, Special Projects Unit/ International Relationships, Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea
    Mauro del Salvio, President of Finest/ Sprint FVG
    Fabiano Benedetti, CEO & President, beanTech
    Gianfranco Marconi, Executive Vice President - R&D dept - Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche SpA
    Maria Chiarvesio, Deputy Dean, Professor Professor of Economics and Business Management. Lecturer in Marketing and International Management, University of Udine

  • 12:45 12:50

    Closing remarks and end of session

    Alessia Rosolen, Regional Minister of Friuli-Venezia Giulia for Work, Education, Research, University and Family

  • 12:50 14:00


  • 14:00 15:00

    Wärtsilä Interactive Session Factories of the Future: Finding Solutions to Tomorrow’s Challenges

    The session will take place at Wärtsilä - The company is a global leader in smart technologies and complete life cycle solutions for marine and energy markets.

    An interactive session seeking to engage the audience in identifying top priorities and potential solutions to key challenges facing the manufacturing sector.

    Delegates will be separated into small groups by table and given the following questions to discuss:

    • What needs to be done in Italy to motivate the management in the manufacturing sector to take that leap and invest in digitisation/automation?
    • How can we help Italian manufacturing companies scale up? And how can technology enable that scale up?
    • How can we support start-ups and SMEs to help drive tech innovation as well as facilitating growth in the manufacturing sector?
    • How do we increase the representation of under-represented groups in the education and training process, particularly young professionals and women, and combine academia and industry in this process?

    Each group is also asked to rank the below list of considerations in terms of priority from 1 to 10, 1 being the most important consideration when considering Factories of the Future and intelligent solutions to tomorrow’s manufacturing challenges. Each group will rate the below from 1 to 10 and also provide brief remarks as to why they chose as they did.

    • Sustainability - mitigating environmental impact
    • Customer-centric – customer-led R&D
    • Digitisation – automation, robotics and big data leading the production processes
    • Increasing the number of women in the manufacturing workforce
    • Urbanisation and more efficient urban planning - locating factories nearer to the source of demand
    • The role of start-ups and SMEs in driving innovation and growth in the manufacturing sector
    • Adaptive production lines – ability to produce more than one product and design with minor modifications
    • Integration into a global supply chain
    • Attracting youth to the manufacturing sector
    • Education and skills development – up-skilling of existing and future workforce and continuing education opportunities

  • 15:00

    Guided Tour: Factory of the Future at Wärtsilä

  • Following the event a summary of proceedings will be produced and shared with attendees

For speaking opportunities, please contact:

Ms. Sarah Meredith
Phone : +971558375072
E-mail :

For additional information and further inquiries about future roadshows, please contact:

Ms. Olga Mamizheva
Phone : +971552060044
E-mail :

Despite challenging economic conditions over the past decade, Italy remains one of the largest economies in Europe and globally with fundamental strengths in the quality of its workforce and robust private domestic consumption. Italy’s recovery from the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09 and the European Debt Crisis of 2012-13 has been slow and much work remains to be done to restore Italy’s economic health. However, in 2018, there have been some positive signs with unemployment falling to the lowest level since 2012, real wages beginning to rise, and government spending expected to boost short term growth. Going forward, Italy could seek to strengthen its external economic ties and capture the benefits of globalisation by growing exports and actively seeking to increase the levels of foreign investment in its



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