The recent week-long visits of the Italian Technology Awards winners expanded the educational horizons of North American students through a cross-training of skill-sets and knowledge transfer with a select group of Italian machinery manufacturers. The international program was sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) as part of the “Machines Italia” special project.

For the second consecutive year, the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machinery, Plants, Special Products and Accessories for glass processing (GIMAV) contributed to the program by hosting a delegation of students to introduce them to the world of Italian industrial machinery for flat and hollow glass processing.

The young students – from renowned universities in the U.S. – spent a week in northern Italy, during which time they attended an intensive training course at the Carlo Cattaneo University in Castellanza dedicated to innovations and best practices in machine production. Divided into groups based on their fields of specialization, the students also visited some Italian machine manufacturing companies, including three GIMAV member companies: Bavelloni Spa, Elettromeccanica Bovone Srl and Ocmi OTG Spa.

“The Italian Technology Awards are an amazing opportunity for all the stakeholders: the young students, the companies involved and us, as institutional representatives,” says Laura Biason, director of GIMAV. “Organizing opportunities like this for growth and networking means, for everyone, promoting a more proactive and closer relationship between the academic world and the business community, as well as strengthening international partnerships. Values in which GIMAV strongly believes.”

In the U.S., the Italian Technology Awards program is in its 14th edition.