The automotive industry is rapidly evolving, embracing new technologies and environmental consciousness, as evidenced by the recent Futurmotive – Expo & Talks and E-CHARGE exhibitions at the Bologna Exhibition Centre.
These events, held Nov. 16-18, demonstrated the industry’s commitment to a greener and more technologically advanced future.
Futurmotive – Expo & Talks, a spin-off of the renowned Autopromotec, took place in Halls 14 and 19. It focused on themes such as energy, ecological transition and innovations in the automotive sector. Meanwhile, E-CHARGE, dedicated to the electric vehicle recharging chain, infrastructure and related services, occupied Hall 16.
The events saw impressive participation for its first edition, with 302 companies exhibiting and more than 8,505 industry professionals, highlighting the keen interest in the future of mobility.
“The response from companies in the sector – and beyond – was more than positive, and the same goes for the operators who visited the exhibition,” said Servadei. “As always, we have to thank the Institutions, MAECI – Ministry of Cooperation and International Affairs, ICE – Agency for the promotion abroad and internationalization of Italian companies, and the Emilia-Romagna Region, for having supported us in this new experience from the very beginning. Special thanks on our part go to ANFIA, which as a partner in the initiative has contributed in terms of content and more: an important partnership, which once again demonstrates how our sector must proceed united in going through this moment of revolution.”
Notable was the presence of 44 operators from foreign markets at Futurmotive – Expo & Talks, facilitated by the MAECI – Ministry of Cooperation and International Affairs, and ICE – Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalization of Italian companies.
This collaboration resulted in 120 meetings in the International Delegates and B2B Area in Hall 14, primarily focusing on automotive OEMs, startups, and SMEs showcasing innovations in electrification, micro-mobility, autonomous driving, and connected vehicles. The goal was to foster one-to-one meetings for technology transfer to the Italian OEM and car designer supply chain, in partnership with ANFIA – Italian Association of the Automotive Industry.
Another highlight was the Innovation Walk project in Futurmotive – Expo & Talks. Supported by the Institutions, it featured “stations” showcasing innovative products and services for energy transition by Italian companies, including those in the OEM, aftermarket and shared mobility services sectors. Additionally, two Innovation Workshop Arenas hosted in-depth discussions and provided a platform for startups in the mobility sector, in collaboration with WMF – We Make Future and Motor Valley Accelerator, to engage with the audience.
The Futurmotive Talks also garnered attention, bringing together prominent figures from institutions, research centers, universities and the automotive industry.
This edition also marked the debut of FAAS Sustainability Day, organized by the Forum on Automotive Aftermarket Sustainability (FAAS), uniting major European trade associations.
With the conclusion of Futurmotive – Expo & Talks, the organizers are already preparing for the next Autopromotec, set to celebrate its 30th edition from May 21-24, 2025, promising further advancements in automotive innovation and sustainability. “We are preparing many surprises and expect many people, including, of course, from the United States,” Servadei said.
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