Veronafiere, the organiser of the Samoter construction equipment exhibition, has confirmed that the next edition of the triennial show will take place from 22 to 25 February, 2017, in Verona, Italy.
The current edition of the show is underway at the Verona Exhibition Centre, teamed with asphalt equipment exhibition Asphaltica.
It runs from 8 to 11 May with 445 exhibitors taking part, including 106 international companies from 27 countries. Trade missions from 40 countries are also attending.
The combined exhibitions have been a test for the market after a difficult few years, with the global economic downturn taking a severe toll on the Italian construction equipment industry.
According to Italian trade association UNACEA, the Italian construction equipment market fell 18% last year to 6,192 machines – the sixth consecutive year of declining sales, from a pre-crisis high of more than 30,000 machines per year.
But according to UNACEA, 2014 started well, with more positive signs for the Italian market. It said the first three months of 2014 saw 1,352 machines sold on the domestic market, up 20% year-on-year.
President of UNACEA Enrico Santini said, “If we are to re-start the sector as a whole, we also need new legislative instruments to avoid a two-speed market that penalises customers who purchase advanced machinery complying with European anti-pollution standards in favour of those who continue to use outdated tools."