Major focuses of MECSPE, a Core Exhibition dedicated to energy transition and mobility, the Aluminum Path by METEF and the debut of Elettronica Italia.

The year opened with encouraging signs for the industrial sector: inflation and energy prices are dropping, the automotive market is regaining share and, as recorded by Istat, November industry turnover grew by +11.5 percent compared to the same period in the previous year.

An expression of this positive trend will be the upcoming edition of MECSPE, the main exhibition dedicated to innovation in the manufacturing industry, organized by Senaf and scheduled to take place at BolognaFiere from March 29 to 31, which, as every year, gathers adhesions from all over the country and abroad.

In fact, about 2,000 companies in the industry have already decided to exhibit in the MECSPE halls, and numerous visitors are expected again this year.

Three days not to be missed

In 2023 MECSPE opens its doors to its highly qualified and professional audience for three immersive days to illustrate innovative and sustainable solutions for the supply chain, paving the way for the future of Industry 4.0 with a program developed on the three pillars of the event: training, innovation and sustainability.

In particular, this year MECSPE focuses on innovation in the energy field with a privileged look at the automotive sector.

Focus on sustainable mobility

The new Exhibition Core (Cuore Mostra) titled Energy Transition and Mobility of the Future is a 2,000-square-meter area devoted entirely to discussions on sustainable mobility issues and the technological solutions that will promote its progress.

Over the course of the three-day event, within the Cuore Mostra, the focuses of the area will be addressed through demonstration stations, roundtables and moments of debate with key players in the supply chain:

  • Solutions and Technologies for the Mobility of the Future
  • Machinery, Equipment and Manufacturing Systems to Optimize Efficiency,
  • Reshoring for Subcontracting Supply Chains,
  • Metal Replacement.

On the first day of the fair, the arena will also host the international forum 2035 AND THE AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY CHAIN: Changing the Production Model to Respond to a Technological Transformation, in cooperation with the Tecniche Nuove Group, The German-Italian Chamber of Commerce , and the Industrial Fairs Division of Messe Stuttgart, including AMB and Moulding Expo.


During the event, a team of experts will talk about the challenges and opportunities facing the automotive industry in the run-up to 2035, through best practices and successful case histories.

Among them Alessandro Marino, President of the German-Italian Chamber of Commerce, Markus Heseding, CEO VDMA, Dino Calia, Mercedes-Benz AG, Daniele De Caro, Stellantis.

Also within the Cuore Mostra, on the last day of the fair will take place the the Aluminum Energy Summit , the event organized by METEF, the international expo for the aluminum industry, foundry and die casting, transformations, processing, finishing and end uses, present this year at MECSPE with an itinerary featuring the world of aluminum.

The aluminum supply chain is booming, especially in the transportation sector, which has the highest use of aluminum in Italy (42 percent).

It is an element that offers revolutionary opportunities for industry because of its energy and sustainability properties and its ability to be endlessly recycled.

The panel at the Aluminum Energy Summit consists of leading speakers who, drawing on their experiences in the field, will provide the audience with the tools to explore the future of aluminum and primary metal production and energy conservation through recovery and recycling as it relates to market and energy supply challenges.

On the same March 31, the International Innovation Award will be held, the initiative organized by METEF that has been established for more than a decade to enhance the innovative content proposed by aluminum companies.

The debut of Elettronica Italia

Big news for 2023 will be the holding, at the same time as MECSPE, of the Elettronica Italia show, which debuts with its first edition and will occupy Hall 28 of the Bologna exhibition centre.

The area will be representative of all industrial applications pertaining to electronics, from the design stages tithe production of components and systems, from systems to services to the subsequent market distribution of components, complex assemblies, production machines and test systems.

The goal is to offer visitors a glimpse of the entire industry from a national and international perspective.

Thematic round tables

Also scheduled at Elettronica Italia are several thematic round tables such as the March 29 “Electronics in the Mobility of the Future” and the March 30 “The Industrial Recovery of Electronics: Advantages, Regulations, Bureaucratic Difficulties,” true educational and informative moments organized by the editorial staff of the event’s official magazines: PCB and Electronics Selection, from the Tecniche Nuove Business Media Group.


«The new edition of MECSPE will be full of insights into segments that are crucial for industrial development because they intersect technological innovation and environmental impact reduction. We have worked throughout the year to bring a content proposal that is absolutely unique in the Italian exhibition scene and has an international scope» comments Maruska Sabato, MECSPE project manager.

«For 21 editions, we have been trying to offer the actors in the manufacturing sector opportunities for networking and professional growth, and this makes MECSPE an ideal business partner for companies. That is why we decided to shine the spotlight not only on the historical contents of MECSPE, but also on the energy transition, the aluminum and electronics sectors, which will be of fundamental importance for the future of the industry.»

Next appointment in Bari

Many others will be the special initiatives and demonstrations, which can be visited on the fair’s website, that will make up the rich information and training program of MECSPE, which in 2023 doubles the appointment and will also be held in Bari from November 23 to 25 with “Focus Mediterraneo” at the Nuova Fiera del Levante, an edition dedicated to the development of 4.0 technologies and a proposal increasingly focused on sustainability and innovation of production processes.