The Italian phase of the Italian Technology Awards ended on December 2nd.

The competition, promoted by the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), in partnership with Gimav, the Association of Italian Manufacturers and Suppliers of Machinery, Plants and Systems, Accessories and Special Products for glass processing, rewarded students from respected US universities for their projects on the theme of production technologies dedicated to glass processing with a week’s study-stay in Italy.

The stay, after visits to some of the most emblematic Italian cities and participation in a training course on Made in Italy Management at the LIUC - Carlo Cattaneo University in Castellanza (northern Italy), included three days of meetings and visits to Gimav member production sites.

This provided the US delegation with hands-on experience with the outstanding production that is part of Italy’s industrial heritage.

For the companies that opened their doors to the students and their accompanying instructor and shared the details of their production strategies with them, the experience was positive:

“We were delighted to host the American students and their instructor,” remarked Alex Crescentini, Spare Parts Manager for OCMI OTG of Milan.

“After a brief introduction to the company’s business and history, our guests were given a tour of the OCMI-OTG production facility where they saw what goes on in the machine assembly and test stages, specifically a complete forming and finishing line for borosilicate glass vials and a new high-speed sealing/stretching machine for soda-lime glass stemware.”

Sara Tacchino, Manager, Marcom & Sales Support for Bavelloni, said: “We were pleased with the ITA-Gimav initiative and are firm believers in the value of this project, not only as an educational experience for the students but also as an international promotional tool for Made in Italy technologies.”