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The world exhibition of agricultural machinery EIMA has concluded in Bologna and has overcome post-covid uncertainties with 270,700 visitors among which 25,900 were international, according to data from FederUnacoma and BolognaFiere
EIMA said that the event will return in November 2022 and then resume its natural biennial schedule. According to EIMA, the world exhibition of agricultural machinery has been a success with a total of 116 conferences and seminars on technical and political topics.
Alessandro Malavolti, president of FederUnacoma, the association of Italian manufacturers that has organised the event, said, "EIMA wanted to go ahead this year, despite the inevitable defection of exhibitors and visitors from some countries that are still in a health crisis and despite the scepticism of all those who were aiming to suspend it until November 2022. The data have proved us right and the 2022 edition will not be for us the 'restart' edition but the 'reconfirmation' one, the consecration of an event that is the most difficult year has given an extraordinary proof of strength".
Simona Rapastella, general manager of FederUnacoma said, "On the eve of EIMA we had already indicated as a good result the threshold of 160,000, that is about 50% of those who had participated in the record edition of 2018 while the final data indicate an attendance of 85% of the last edition before the pandemic, a result that seems 'miraculous', but which in reality is the result of a great deal of work by the structure, of our determination to highlight the value of EIMA on the international exhibition scene, and of the exhibiting companies that followed us".
Commenting on the success of the exhibition, Gianpiero Calzolari, president of BolognaFiere, added, "We are particularly proud of the results of EIMA 2021 that bear witness to a widespread trend of economic recovery after the pandemic emergency. These are results that also underscore the importance of an extremely high-tech sector that is strategic for the objectives set by the green deal. Agriculture has a fundamental role to play in the ecological transition, and the operators in this sector are the main protagonists. Today, agricultural machinery is an essential tool for an increasingly important role in agriculture, as the event testified. A heartfelt congratulations to FederUnacoma for the organisational commitment that has led to this success".
The next edition is therefore scheduled for November 9-13 2022 in Bologna, Italy.