Volume 38, Issue 5, May 2003

Growing Up in Milan
VITRUM 2003 Extends Upwards to Accommodate Growing Crowds
by Kristine Tunney

As Vitrum 2003 moves into Milan, Italy, for its 13th show, organizers are pleased to announce that their baby has grown-up, literally. Taking over the Milan Fairgrounds yet again, this time from June 25-28, 2003, this year’s show floor has expanded upward, moving the exhibition on to two floors. Hoping to bring together the latest in flat, bent and hollow manufacturing machinery, equipment, processes and products, Vitrum is expecting a record-setting crowd in corroboration with its yearly increasing attendance track record. 

Sponsored by GIMAV—the Italian Association of Glass Processing and Machinery Suppliers—the biennial industry event is expected to be bigger than ever. The 2001 show brought together 421 exhibitors and 16,284 attendees from Italy and 77 other countries. Going along with the show’s continual growth, organizers expect this year’s event to be bigger than ever. U.S. attendance, however, is likely to be lower than in previous years since attendees would have been making travel arrangements during the uncertainty of the war in Iraq. 

Often regarded as a showcase for the latest equipment and newest products, Vitrum 2003 is sure to offer the most current lines of technological machinery. For more information on some of the products being showcased at Vitrum turn to page 48.

What is GIMAV?
GIMAV has become a representative point for the entire Italian glass-processing industry. Established in 1980, GIMAV handles many projects, including promoting domestic and international production; organizing group stands in international shows; procuring contacts with the processing industry; defining warranty conditions for the supply of machines; and promoting the study of glass applications in buildings. Seventy-three companies are members.

More on Milan
Although it is often referred to as the “most international” of the country’s cities, Milan is no shrinking violet. Boasting a forward-looking, robust economy, Milan plays host to Italy’s stock market and more than 400 banks and major industrial companies making it a center for a variety of industries. Known distinctly for its fashion-forward residents and onslaught of designer boutiques, Milan’s high-tech metropolis has earned its description as a powerhouse for publishing, fashion design, advertising and television. Not merely an area in which to see and be seen, the area outside the city is Italy’s densest collection of rubber and textile factories, automobile-assembly plants and chemical plants.

Devoid of many of the tourists that overrun Venice, Rome and Florence, Milan’s 2 million residents appreciate the city for its unique combination of old and new. The magical make-up that blends artistic masterpieces with sophisticated fashion boutiques and gothic cathedrals with industrial corporate offices is distinctly Milan.

Although Milan is known as Italy’s most dynamic city, its newfangled modernism isn’t without a past brimming with innovation and historical artistry. It was occupied for years by the Lombards, a group originally from Northwestern Germany. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Milan was taken over by the Viscontis in the 14th century. Under the Viscontis, Milan became Italy’s strongest city through a web of wealth and marriages with the royalty of France and England. The city’s continuing irrigation of the Po Valley contributed to the area’s dramatic land fertility.

Much of the city’s appreciation for music, art and neoclassical architecture is legendary. The city was at the center of the Northern Italian revolt against its Austro-Hungarian rulers in 1848 and joined with Piedmont during the 19th century nationalistic movement that seized Italy and resulted in the country’s unification.

But while wars caused almost total destruction in 539, 1157 and 1944, destroying much of the antiquity found in other European cities, Milan still has many attractions and destinations sure to spark your interest and indulge the art appreciator in everyone. In true capitalistic style, the city of Milan has purchased more art than it has produced, but in the end, whether purchased or produced, visitors are still treated to many masterpieces of art and architecture.

The Masterpieces in Milan

Sight-Seeing
The majority of the attractions are concentrated in the city’s center between the Piazza Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco. With the majority of attractions within close proximity of each other, the best way to explore the city is by foot. If you are left with a limited amount of time for sightseeing, don’t miss the following attractions for the best glimpse into the heart of Milanese art and culture.

The Duomo
The most recognizable symbol of Milan, construction of the Duomo began in 1386 and was almost five centuries in the making. The lacy cathedral ranks with St. Peter’s in Rome and the cathedral in Seville, Spain, as among the world’s largest. Labeled as a combination of Gothic and baroque styles, more than 2,000 statues line its exterior while almost 500 stand within its interior. 

The building’s roof provides one of the finest views of the city in addition to a closer look at La Madonnina, a gilded statue of the Virgin so revered that until recently, construction of buildings higher than the statue’s resting height of 354 feet was restricted.
The building’s Baptistry (Battistero Paleocristiano) dates back to the fourth century and is believed to be the site where Ambrose, the patron saint of the city and first bishop, baptized Augustine.

Brera Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)
Considered one of Italy’s finest galleries, the collection features an excellent collection of works by Lombard and Venetian masters. The gallery is also home to Mantegna’s Dead Christ, Giovanni Bellini’s La Pietà and Raphael’s Wedding of the Madonna.

Santa Maria delle Grazie and The Last Supper 
Erected by the Dominicans in the mid-15th century, many of this gothic church’s outstanding features were designed by the great Bramante. Although the church deserves some attention, the majority of the site’s visitors flock to see the mural painted on the refectory-turned-convent next door.

Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper (Cenacolo Vinciano) was finished about 1497 and after much of its disintegration, was totally repainted in the 1700s and 1800s. Although some say that all that is left of the original Last Supper is a “few isolated streaks of fading color,” visitors still clamor to the site to view what’s left of Leonardo’s original outline. 

Ambrosiana Library and Picture Gallery
Founded in the early 17th century by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, this library and picture gallery contains a significant collection of art, chiefly from the 15th to 17th centuries. Included in the collection are Madonna and Angels by Botticelli, works by Brueghel, a miniature St. Jerome with Crucifix by Andrea Solario and a group of cartoons by Raphael, which he prepared for the frescoes of the School of Athens in the Vatican.
 
The library contains a collection of medieval manuscripts, which are available only for scholarly examination.

Basilica di San Ambrogio
Built in the fourth century by St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan and the city’s patron saint, the basilica that exists today has little in common with the original structure. The structure built in its place during the 11th century and renovated many times since, still offers visitors a wealth of architectural and artistic artifacts. 

The basilica’s striking atrium, interesting 12th-century mosaics and bell towers have set the standard for Lombard Romanesque architecture imitated many times throughout the region.
 
Shopping and Restaurants

Restaurants*
While many cities in Italy focus primarily on native cuisine, Milan serves up dishes from around the world, allowing for some fantastic eating experiences. Risotto Milanese, the city’s signature dish, is a creamy rice dish infused with saffron and sometimes bone marrow. Evening meals are quite substantial often beginning with an antipasto, followed by pasta, after which comes the secondo (fish or meat course) and a salad. 

Because locals don’t eat dinner until 8 p.m. or later, restaurants don’t open until 7:30 or 8 p.m. Arriving earlier usually guarantees a better table, although for the following restaurants reservations are recommended.
 
La Banque
One of the city’s hottest restaurants, La Banque is known for the chef’s modernization of traditional regional dishes. Most of the dishes at this reasonably priced restaurant are cooked quickly and in the best virgin olive oil. From lobster on a bed of barley to pasta made with clams and fresh zucchini, to tender Nebraska beef filet marinated in balsamic vinegar, La Banque combines food with fun, offering diners free access to the cellar disco.
Address: Via Bassano Porrone 6, tel. 02-86996565

Giannino
A top restaurant in the Lombardy region, Giannino has been tempting taste buds since 1899. With a wide variety of entrees to choose from, some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes include a breaded veal cutlet and risotto simmered in broth and coated in parmigiano and fresh homemade noodles with prawn tails in herb sauce.
Address: Via Amatore Sciesa 8, tel. 02-55195582 

Al Porto
Among the most popular seafood restaurants in Milan, Al Porto features a glassed-in garden room, which provides the perfect backdrop for enjoying a glass of Friuli wine. Menu items include orata (dorado) with pink peppercorns and branzini (sea bass) with white Lugurian wine and olives, or start your meal with some antipasto and risotto ai frutti di mare (seafood risotto).
Address: Piazzale Generale Cantore, tel. 02-8321481

Trattoria Bagutta
Milan’s most celebrated trattoria, the restaurant dates back to 1927 and is known for the variety of caricatures covering its walls. The food is inspired by the kitchens of Lombardy, Tuscany and Bologna with menu items highlighted by fried squid and scampi, linguine with shrimp in tomato-cream sauce and veal based with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and lettuce.
Address: Via Bagutta 14, tel. 02-76002767

Restaurant Joia
Under the supervision of Swiss chef Pietro Leemann, Restaurant Joia’s vegetarian menu is considered some of the most innovative cuisine in the city. Featuring a variety of seafood options, one of the restaurant’s most requested dishes is “six variations on an artichoke.” The ravioli stuffed with ricotta is the restaurant’s best pasta dish.
Address: Via Panfilo Castaldi 18, tel. 02-29522124 
*Source: Frommers Italy 2003

Shopping
The global epicenter of chic, Milan is the dynamo of the fashion industry, boasting a vast variety of high-style boutiqes appropriated by the highest models-per-citizen ratio found anywhere. Most shops are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., but are closed all day Sunday and Monday. While fashion infiltrates many parts of the city, don’t miss the following three areas where shopping truly takes on a life of its own.

The Golden Triangle
One of Italy’s greatest shopping streets, Via Montenapoleone at the heart of the Golden Triangle is an area that thrives on the most high-style fashions accompanied by the highest price tags. Many of the most upscale boutiques reside in this area.

Corso Buenos Aires
Start at the Piazza Oberdan to begin the trek down this mile-long stretch where shoppers can find style at more affordable prices. The area features a variety of goods from luggage to casual wear, but also offers a large amount of good designer knockoffs. 

The Brera District
Often compared to New York’s Greenwich Village, the Brera district plays host to a number of cafes, antique stores and shops. Surrounding the Brera Museum is a haven for bargain hunters and students. For the best deals on clothing and leather goods skip the main street and concentrate on the side streets Via Solferino, Via Madonnina and Via Fiori Chiari.


It's Showtime

Machinery Extravaganza
While the backdrop of restaurants, shops, culture and scenery that is Milan is enough to lure the thousands, it’s another reason calling the glass industry to this Mediterranean venue. They’re going for Vitrum ’03, the international trade fair for machinery, equipment and systems for the processing of flat and hollow glass and finished products. Hundreds of products and equipment will be offered and demonstrated. The next pages offer an inside look at some of what you’ll find in Milan (aside from Gucci, Prada and Versace, that is).

Moving Around in Milan

 VITRUM 2003 will be held in the Portello pavilions in the Milan Fairgrounds. In addition to the ground floor of pavilions 14/I, 15/I and 16/I, the upstairs floor will also be made available to accommodate the need for exhibitor floor space. Visitors can enter the show from Porta Scarampo, Porta Teodorico and Porto Colleoni.

The show runs from Wednesday, June 25, 2003, to Saturday, June 28, 2003, with the exhibit hall floor open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day.

Directions to Fiera Milano (Milan Fairgrounds) 

By Car: Once in town follow the signs for FIERA. Parking is available all around the fairgrounds. Other parking is available near the subway stops Molino Dorino, Lampugnano, Bisceglie, Sesto San Giovanni (red line - N 1) and Famagosta, Cologno Nord, Cascina Gobba, Crescenzago (green line - N 2).

By Train: From Milan Central Railstation (Milano Stazione Centrale) get subway N 2 - green line toward Cadorna. In Cadorna you should change and take the subway N 1 - red line and get to Amendola Fiera stop.

On the Metro: Take the red line to the Amendola Fiera stop.

During exhibitions, Fiera Milano runs a free bus service linking all the entrances to the exhibition center: GREEN LINE: underground station Amendola Fiera - Halls 15 and 16 (Viale Teodorico). BLUE LINE: underground stations Amendola Fiera and Lotto Fiera 2 San Siro car park - Halls 15 and 16 (Viale Teodorico). 
Using the trams and buses: tram 19 (stops in Piazza Sei Febbraio and Largo Domodossola), tram 27 (terminates in Piazza Sei Febbraio), bus 78 (stops in Via Colleoni), trams 1 and 33. Buses 57 and 94 (stop at corner of Corso Sempione and Via Domodossola) and bus 68 (stops in Viale Berengario).



Glasstech Highlights New Technologies 
A number of new innovations for tempering glass will be available from Glasstech Inc. of Perrysburg, Ohio.

Included in the line-up is the company’s electric radiation heater with C-2 (ERH-C2) technology. Because of its C-2 convection heating technology, the machine is designed to process low-E glass at faster speeds than traditional, electric radiation heaters. The ERH-C-2 can also reduce costs and increase yields.

Glasstech will also feature its FCH2™, which offers a combination of convection heating, tempering and low energy costs. The FCH2 can heat clear glass at a rate of 30 seconds per millimeters of thickness, and low-E glass at a rate of 33 to35 seconds per millimeter, depending on the coating’s specific composition.

Both the ERH-C2 and the FCH2 systems use Glasstech’s patented clamshell quench, which provides quenching with minimal energy consumption. Both systems also utilize a modular construction approach for fast, efficient and low-cost installations.

Lisec to Offer Technologies for Cutting and More
Lisec Austria will be exhibiting at Vitrum, offering machinery for the flat glass industry.

One of the machines on display will be the ultra-compact, fully automatic laminated glass-cutting center. The line features automatic loading, automatic X- and Y-cut and unloading within areas of about 30 by 30 feet.

Lisec will also demonstrate its vertical water-jet cutting and edge-working center. The line can do shaped cut-outs (such as door hinges) or holes independently from any diameter restrictions.
For more information, visit www.lisec.com

Vitrododi Demonstrates Vertical and Horizontal Washers 
A variety of washing machines will be available from Vitrododi, including both vertical and horizontal.

Included in the vertical machines for small double-glazing lines is the Open Top 20 S Inox, with four brushes, 2000 mm and final rinse. All parts that come in contact with water are stainless steel. The company also offers the Empire 20 S Inox, which features six brushes, L.E. system, pre-washing and final rinse.

Vitrododi will also have available a number of horizontal washers. The Modulo 22 3CSP Inox offers pre-washing, six brushes, a final rinse, L.E. system, speed up to 12 m/min and top lifting up to 500 mm. The machine is appropriate for laminated, double glazing, tempered and silk-screened printed glass.

The Modulo Compatta 16/4 Inox offers pre-washing, four brushes, final rinse and a new system to wash 3- to 20-mm thick glass.

The Modulo 16 N K Inox, for double edging lines, has four brushes and a new noiseless drying system.

In addition, Vitrododi will demonstrate its new Futomax 910. The ten-spindle automatic beveling machine is able to process bevels up to 55 mm wide and glass as small as 40 by 40 mm with automatic movement of the entire front drive.
For more information, visit www.vitrododi.com.

Salem Offers Product Showcase 
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Salem Distributing will be on hand representing a wide variety of equipment and machinery.

Available from Bovone is the cup-wheel edging machine. The ten-spindle machine is designed to produce flat-edge profiles with seams and mitres, and is capable of cerium oxide polishing the flat or mitre.

Also from Bovone is the Mini Maxi-371/CNC straight-line beveler series. This computer-controlled version of the Mini-Maxi, is controlled by a computer that is programmed easily to set the machine to produce accurate bevels automatically.

The transloader is available as well, and is designed to transfer glass automatically from one machine to another.

Pezza, also represented by Salem, will offer the Mistral 200 for sand-etching glass. The machine is available as either fully automatic or operator controlled. The Mistral features a built-in, self-cleaning filter that captures dust from the blasting process. It also employs an automatic recovery system to recycle the abrasives after they are separated automatically from the dust.

A number of products will also be available through CMS-TecnoMetal. The BOB, for example, is a multifunctional glass-processing plant that is capable of edging, beveling, milling, drilling and engraving with automatic tool exchange. All functions are computer-controlled with five interpolated axis plus a correction axis for precision processing. New additions for 2003 include a thin glass beveling process and opposed head drilling for clean through holes and increased production times. 

The Junior 1.40 edges, bevels, mills, drills and engraves with automatic tool exchange. Functions are computer-controlled with three and four interpolated axis. It is capable of processing multiple jobs simultaneously. 

Also offered is the TL 3.70S CNC cutting table, which features the X- and Y-axis on running guides in circular sections and formed wheels. The tilting mechanism is controlled hydraulically, and the table contains one longitudinal and two transversal break-out bars. The table features four cutting heads that can use various cutting tools with automatic settings for glass thickness. Scoring pressure is set automatically depending on the head in use, which allows for cutting different glass thicknesses and various cuts.
For more information, visit www.salemdist.com.

Schiatti Gets Things Straight
Schiatti Angelo will offer a range of straight edgers for grinding and polishing pencil edges, flat and arris, OG and waterfall edges for glass thicknesses of 3 to 50 mm with electronically controlled automation devices.

Depending on the model, available features include different edge profiles and thicknesses; minimum/maximum workable dimensions; standard or cerium oxide polishing; and variable angle mitres.
For more information, visit www.schiattiangelosrl.com.

Belfort Glass Offers IG Line and Accessories
For the insulating glass industry needs, Belfort Glass will be at Vitrum with its insulating glass line, accessories and more.

Included in Belfort’s products are automatic sealing machines, rotating tables, spacer cutters, desiccant fillers, gas fillers and other materials necessary for IG production.
For more information, visit www.belfortglass.it

For more information on Vitrum visit glass.com/onlyhere


Kristine Tunney is the assistant editor for USGlass magazine.


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