EIMA International: the “focus” themes of the event
- In addition to workshops, conventions and seminars on technical topics, the event features important political issues and scenario analyses
23.09.2022 – ENGLISH
As the event draws closer, the calendar of events and in-depth thematic debates taking place at the Bologna exhibition centre during the five days from 9 to 13 November is taking shape. The 45th edition of EIMA promises to be rich in content: in addition to workshops, conventions and seminars on technical topics, the event features important political issues and scenario analyses.
The organisational machinery of EIMA International, the world agricultural machinery exhibition which will hold its 45th edition in Bologna from 9 to 13 November, is in full swing. Precisely these days the offices of FederUnacoma, the association of agricultural machinery manufacturers that is the direct organiser of the event, are fine-tuning the full calendar of themed events that have always punctuated the five days of the exhibition. Although still being worked out, the programme already appears to be rich in content, including press conferences, conventions, exhibitions in the demonstration area, seminars and workshops.
In the foreground, political and economic issues related to the development of the agro-mechanical sector, which will be the focus of the press conference to launch the event, scheduled for Tuesday, 8 November. The meeting is an opportunity to take stock of developments in the global agricultural machinery market, with an analysis of possible trends in the short and medium term. On Wednesday 9 November, political and economic scenarios will be discussed again, with geopolitical analyst Dario Fabbri, who will open a window on the military conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and the consequences for the agricultural sector and the agro-mechanical industry.
Another important detail is that the next edition of EIMA will be a moment of debate with politicians and representatives of the institutions – delegations of European and Italian parliamentarians will be present in Bologna – called upon to define strategies for the sector, which must face structural and long-term crises, such as those related to global warming and drought. Along with technological innovation, the climate emergency is one of the main themes of the Bologna meeting. Several meetings have already been scheduled on this theme, from the workshop “Climate change: risk management”, promoted by FederUnacoma and Agia/CIA (Wednesday 9 November), to the seminar “Sustainable use of water – EUWAY project”, organised again by AGIA/CIA (Thursday 10 November), and the conference “The challenge of water. Accessible technologies for developing countries”, organised by FederUnacoma/CEFA.
Furthermore, the digitisation of mechanical vehicles, the spread of precision agriculture, the new frontiers of automation and artificial intelligence are essential for the sustainability of the primary sector, and it is precisely these technologies that are the focus of the meeting scheduled for Friday 11 November by the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF), while the meeting organised by the Agricultural Robotics Association (FIRA) on Thursday 10 November will focus on systems for highly automated agriculture. Agriculture 4.0 will also be the subject of debate at the meeting of the Smart Agrifood Observatory which, also on Thursday 10 November, will take stock of the spread of digital technology in the agricultural and agri-food supply chain.
Also dedicated to technology, the Tractor of the Year 2023 award ceremony, organised by Trattori magazine, is scheduled for Wednesday 9 November. The Tractor of the Year finalists will be paraded in EIMA International’s impressive open-air demonstration area, specially set up between Halls 35 and 37.
Other highlights of the Bologna fair include the Contractor of the Year award ceremony, promoted by “Il Contoterzista” magazine and scheduled for Friday 11 November. A new feature of EIMA 2022 is the Garden E-motion event, promoted by Comagarden, which consists of a programme of demonstration tests of vehicles and equipment for gardening and landscaping, set up in an open-air area inside the exhibition centre and focusing on different types of machines.