One of Europe’s biggest-ever machinery trade shows will be coming to Italy October 1–6, 2004, when the Milan Fairgrounds hosts the 24th edition of BI-MU. This biennial event, held in even-numbered years, alternates with EMO, the international trade fair for machine tools and systems, thereby offering continuity to advances in the machinery industry. BI-MU is promoted by UCIMU-Sistemi per Produrre, the association of Italian machine tool, robots, and automation manufacturers.
The 23rd edition of BI-MU, held in 2002, attracted 122,000 visitors to Milan from five continents. Nearly 2,000 companies participated, including 1,372 exhibitors occuping 94,000 m²of exhibition space. The contingent from outside Italy consisted of 973 companies from 36 countries.
New initiatives and more substance are planned to further increase the show’s appeal. Once again, BI-MU will be colocated with SFORTEC, the world’s leading trade fair for components, structural machining and global service subcontracting. There will also be specialized shows for welding, dies and molds, as well as a conference on quality control.
Information on the show’s website (www.bimu-sfortec.com) is constantly updated. The site also gives access to the electronic version of the exhibitor catalogue hosted on the ExpoPage website, as created by the Milan Trade Fair District and by the organizers of the main show.