Saturday 20th October marked the conclusion in Modena of Alumotive 2007, the third edition of the International Exhibition of Innovative solutions, Subcontracting, Components in Aluminium and Technological Materials for the Transportation industry, which for three days focused the attention of operators by highlighting all that is best in technologies in the sector thanks to the 353 exhibiting companies which occupied the entire area of Modena fair, the 28 technical sessions and the 280 technical-scientific interventions featured on the calendar.
Exhibition rich in innovative products
For three days, the entire grounds of Modena fair were occupied by Alumotive 2007 which hosted component manufacturing companies, workshops specialising in precision machining, welding, assembly and surface finishing, design, engineering and industrial design studios, subcontracted traditional and rapid prototyping , universities, and technological innovation and professional training centres, centres engaged in applied research and the development of new processes and products, metallurgical testing laboratories, research centres for tests and controls, certification bodies, companies specialising in industrial screen printing and hardware in applied software , technical and specialised publishing houses. Great commitment was shown by the exhibitors who invested in design and scientific design in order to offer international markets with technologically advanced, attractive and easy and safe to use products.
The specialised and general press showed a high level of interest: Uno su tutti RAI 3 dedicated substantial coverage to the Fair, completed with numerous interviews with exhibitors.
Many contacts were established by exhibitors during the fair which effectively represented the entire subcontracting and component process for cars, motorcycles, commercial and competition vehicle boats, trains, aircraft, agricultural vehicles and mass transportation.
This success of ALUMOTIVE was predicable since it is the only event capable of exploiting the high technological of products ‘made in Italy’ for mobility.
Specialisation of the technical sessions
On 18th and 19th October 2007 the two days of conferences and seminars brought together the big names in scientific research and the industry of the sector, which reported on the topics of greatest current interest in the transportation compartment. In halls packed beyond all expectations the discussions centred on: subcontracting and metallurgy, aerodynamics and the marine sector, aeronautic and karting, innovative materials and surface treatments, the deformation and pressing of sheet aluminium alloys and high tech mechanical engineering in the auto sector, robotics and welding processes, foundry and extrusion dies , forging and diecasting, powder metallurgy and certification, assembly and cutting techniques, rapid prototyping and rapid casting.
Special events that stood out at ALUMOTIVE:
Car design the leading player
More than 200 design engineers, heads of styling centres and operators in the auto industry listened attentively and appreciated the interventions presented that morning. Five leaders in car design illustrated the outlines of car design in the near future and presented a number of interesting projects.
Mihai Panaitescu, A young student at the European Design Centre in Turin, spoke of the ‘Flux Concept’, an innovative way of designing cars which earned him the first and now traditional and exclusive international Peugeot design competition.
Piero Luigi Carcerano, the President of Carcerano Creative Engineering, tackled the topic of great current interest of urban mobility and the resulting difficult combination between aesthetics and technology.
Laura Milani, Director of the IAAD illustrated the ‘Green Wheels’ project, the study of a new low environmental impact urban car developed in collaboration with Volkswagen, part of a group of ecological initiatives which until 2009 will involve the Turin-based Institute and various international partners.
Ercole Spada, President of Spada Concept, presented ‘Codatronica’, a modern revisitation of the historic clean cut of the sheet which has characterised so many versions of the mythical Giulietta.
Lastly, great emotional impact was raised by the contribution of Roberto Giolito, newly appointed head of style of Fiat Group Automobiles, on the car of minute, the new Fiat 500.
Mobility tomorrow in the Prototype Gallery
Thanks to the collaboration of MaTech, the Innovative Material Research Centre of the Galileo Scientific and Technological Unit, inside ALUMOTIVE 2007 the Galleria Galileo: moving better tomorrow was set up, an area dedicated to mobility in the future.
In a gallery of prototypes 12 technologies, already used in other sectors but innovative for the transportation compartment, were presented which, based on real needs from still unsolved problems and more or less latent consumer requirements, aim to improve not only on-road performance, but also comfort, ergonomics, on-board quality of life, maintenance costs, active and passive safety and ease of use.
Focus on bodies
Thanks to CARBODYTECH, the special event dedicated to technologies for professional bodies organised with the scientific co-ordination of Assomotoracing, ALUMOTIVE 2007 opened its door to the world of body constructors.
For three days in the context of Carbodytech, 11 leading companies in body repairs and the relative structural components in aluminium and light alloy sheet provided a great deal of technical information on the little-known modalities for repairing aluminium bodies, also via a number of interesting and attentively observed practical demonstrations.
Alumotive is therefore globally confirmed as the most highly specialised appointment in the compartment, the only fair in the world that brings together in a single programme of exhibitions and conferences subcontractors in the automotive, marine, aeronautical and mass and commercial transportation.
For operators in the sector, this Modena-based expo is an indispensable tool for acquiring technical updates and a preferred occasion for verifying the commercial offer on which the development and competitiveness of the transportation industry depend.
It was unthinkable that the expectation created in recent months by Aludesign, the conference dedicated to Materials and Design in car design and staged in the Sala Maggiore of Modenafiere on Friday 19th October 2007, moderated by Mauro Tedeschini, the director of Quattroruote, would not be satisfied.Exceptionally high attendance by the public for the 28 technical sessions of Alumotive: more than 2000 operators registered for the 280 technical-scientific interventions on the calendar.