Countdown to GIS

01 September 2015

More than 130 exhibitors have already been confirmed for GIS 2015, taking place in Piacenza, Italy, 1-2 October.

The fifth edition of the show for Italian users of lifting, industrial and port handling equipment and heavy transport at the Piacenza Expo centre, has already become the largest ever, in terms of participants and exhibition space. Italian industry associations are also supporting the event.

"Italy is still the second largest manufacturing country in Europe” said Fabio Potestà, GIS organiser. “With production centres located up and down the country and the resulting logistical issues related to the lifting, handling and transportation of goods, especially of heavy loads. Also, Italy - in terms of geography - has a large number of port and intermodal terminals, whose efficiency obviously relies on machines and equipment operating well in these environments."

“For this reason,” continued Mr Potestà, “our goal is to strengthen further the role of GIS as a One Stop Shop, where everyone can find a variety of solutions to their problems.”

Italy has also recently made periodic inspections of lifting machines and equipment and training of operators compulsory, so GIS 2015 has arranged special exhibition areas dedicated to companies from the relevant sectors.

Apart from mobile and knuckle boom cranes, access platforms, telescopic handlers, forklifts, reach stackers, overhead travelling cranes, hydraulic jacks and heavy transport vehicles, there are also more exhibitors, from the OEM components and spare parts markets, and also manufacturers of tyres, including international companies

Alongside the programme of technical seminars and conferences, two gala dinners, organised with the support of the Italian industry associations, will be held in the Farnese Castle in Piacenza:

  • Thursday 1 October: ITALA-Italian Terminal and Logistic Awards 2015 for Italian port/intermodal/terminal and logistic contractors. See

For further information on GIS 2015, visit

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