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17/04/2019
Industry is being digitised, and Piacenza is the crossroads of this innovation
A journey through the capital of Italy's machine tools district to take stock of the digitisation of a strategic sector in the Italian economy. For the 17 April 2019 edition, Italy 4.0, the Class CNBC show hosted by Andrea Cabrini, left the studio for a visit to Piacenza, a city which has once again proved itself to be the crossroads of Italian machine tool manufacturing and mechanical engineering (you can view the episode at www.quattropuntozero.info/video)

With 115 companies employing over 2,000 people in the sector, Piacenza indeed boasts the highest concentration of machinery manufacturing companies in Italy. The area gives rise to innovations with a mix of expertise and a historical industrial presence which has made the town one of the major players in the industry 4.0 revolution. It is in Piacenza that Siemens’ TAC - Technical Application Centre - is located, putting enterprises in direct contact with new technology since 2011. The TAC was turned into a TV studio for a day to host a debate on the development of technologies in this sector.

The speakers were Giuliano Busetto, Head of Digital Industries, Siemens Italia’ new operational division for the digital industry, and president of Federazione Anie; the anagers of two of the area's most important companies - Vincenzo Cerciello, technical director of Nordmeccanica, and Saverio Gellini, managing director of Mandelli Sistemi; Sandro Salmoiraghi, president of Salmoiraghi and president of Federmacchine; and Michele Monno, Professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan's Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of MUSP, the Piacenza consortium specialised in machine tools and production systems.

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