A total of 245 exhibitors from 21 countries around the globe welcomed more than 12,000 entrances overall during the four days of this year’s Vitrum show.

The event had 10,653 registered participants and included a ‘cream of the crop’ display of technologies and systems over a net occupied surface area of 14,564m2.

These are the numbers that encapsulate the 2017 edition of Vitrum - the international trade show dedicated to machinery, equipment and special products for flat and hollow glass processing - held October 3-6 at Fiera Milano Rho.

This year, the international appeal of the Milanese show was corroborated, above all, by the high percentage of foreign exhibitors (nearly 48%; the other 52% was from Italy). They came from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, the UK, Czech Republic, San Marino, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, the United States, Switzerland and Turkey.

Visitors arrived from 86 countries, including all of Europe; North, Central and South America; the Middle and Far East; Asia and Oceania.

“Thanks to the proactive support of ITA (Italian Trade Agency), in this ‘year zero’, Vitrum expanded its international reach, confirming that it is ‘everyone’s house of glass,” said Vitrum president, Dino Zandonella Necca.

From the earliest organizational phases of the event, our quest to venture further afield, beyond our borders, was empowered through massive communication and promotion programmes at leading industry events and many institutional meetings we attended, over the last two years, across Europe and around the world.

“I am also keen to point out the (entirely spontaneous) contribution made to the success of Vitrum 2017 by international glass industry stakeholders who brought several delegations of industry professionals from their respective countries, along with new ideas and proposals for the future to the show in Milan. Further proof of the efficacy of the partnerships we cultivated with the International Glass Associations”.

Another fact is the number of manufacturers on hand at Vitrum 2017: 186 of them participated in this 20th edition, equal to 76% of all exhibitors.

The exhibits themselves were high-performers, featuring high-value displays of machinery, accessories and special products for the processing of Flat Glass and Hollow Glass: “The value was considerable,” stated Laura Biason, director of Vitrum, because it epitomises the extraordinary effort invested by the exhibiting companies.

Actual production plants were installed for the four days of the fair,perfectly functioning, complex solutions that are the utmost expression of the premises behind Industry 4.0, a paradigm our industry had already adopted as its own.”