Vitrum 2011 to Focus on Energy
Saving, Renewable Energy
Vitrum 2011, the 17th biennial international trade fair
for machinery, equipment and systems for the processing of flat and hollow
glass, glass and finished products for the industry, will be held again
at Fiera Milano in Milan, Italy, October 26-29. GIMAV, the association
of Italian manufacturers and suppliers of machinery, equipment and special
products for glass processing, sponsors the show.
An international event that brings thousands of foreign visitors to Milan,
many glass machinery providers look to Vitrum to provide leads and business
opportunities to glass fabricators. Show organizers point out that the
number of visitors went up 3.68 percent from Vitrum 2007 to Vitrum 2009,
even in the midst of economic crisis during 2009. Visitors from more than
100 countries attended Vitrum 2009.
More than 600 companies exhibited at Vitrum 2009, attracting more than
20,000 visitors, and GIMAV director Renata Gaffo comments that for 2011,
“The signs seem to be positive, after a 2010 fraught with highs and lows,
marked by encouraging trends during the first few months, then by a slow-down
that lasted only a short time, followed by upward growth through August,
and later by another long pause and, finally, by a surge of recovery toward
the end of the year. At last, looking at the numbers, very little seems
changed from 2009, but what does appear to have changed is the mood—the
will to get into gear and take off again looms on the horizon.”
The focus of the 2011 trade show will be “green machines,” and technologies
engineered to save energy and harness renewable energy sources, including
warm-edge technologies, in addition to solar modules and solar thermal
The Vitrum Energy section will feature energy saving and renewable energy
technology with glass in the spotlight as the center of the latest solutions
for the green economy.
Vitrum Lab, the art lab project launched in 2009, and sponsored by the
Lombardy Regional Authority - Education, Training and Labor Department
and the Provincial Authority of Milan, will continue to promote glass-related
art, crafts and culture. For a fun distraction, peer in on the projects
of the elementary school children who will be invited to attend the fair
and participate in creative workshops. And to watch glass in the making,
check out the live performances by master glassblowers from Murano.
The Hollow Glass section will be dedicated to tableware, bottles, specialty
glass for pharmaceutical/technical applications and products designed
to meet high safety and sanitation standards.
To register, fill out the registration form at www.vitrum-milano.it,
and you will get an email confirming your registration, as well as a special
bar code to use at the ticket counter at the show to receive a personalized
In and Around Milan
Milan is Italy’s business hub and the seat of fashion. Rome might be bigger
and have more political power, but Milan and the affluent north is what
really makes the country tick, according to Fodor’s. The city is Italy’s
transport hub, with the biggest international airport, Malpensa, the most
rail connections and arguably the best subway system. Leonardo da Vinci’s
The Last Supper and other classic works of art are housed in Milan, as
well as the Gothic Duomo cathedral.
Other than the Duomo, historic sights worth a visit during your time in
Milan include museums and galleries, such as the Casa-Museo Boschi di
Stefano (Boschi di Stefano House and Museum), Museo Civico Archeologico
(Municipal Archaeological Museum), Museo Nazionale della Scienza e Tecnica
(National Museum of Science and Technology), Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera
Gallery), Santa Maria delle Grazie, Teatro alla Scala, Triennale Design
Museum and the Villa Belgioioso Bonaparte—Museo dell’Ottocento.
In addition to these sights, Milan is considered the shopping mecca of
the world. Glitterati from across the globe flock to Milan to fulfill
their designer desires. Corso Buenos Aires is a long stretch of street
with various designer and regular stores on either side. Brera, Mercato
di Via S. Marco and Via Torino are other famous shopping centers worth
checking out for your souvenirs for home.
For a taste of delicious Italian cuisine, Fodor’s recommends the following
restaurants in Milan: Al Rifugio Pugliese, Antica Osteria del Ponte, Bar
Tempio, Cracco, Da Abele, Da Giacomo, Don Carlos, Joia, La Bruschetta,
La Libera, Paper Moon, Pizza Ok, Taverna Morigi and Trattoria Montina.
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