Italy’s Asphaltica exhibition, normally co-located in Verona with the construction machinery exhibition SaMoTer, will now be a separate event this year.
The triennial co-event was set to be held in Verona’s main exhibition hall Veronafiere in March 2020, but was pushed ahead to March 2023 due to the COVID pandemic.
However, the latest announcement from the organisers is that Asphalitca will go ahead later this year as a single event over three days from October 20-22.
The exhibition, dedicated to technologies and solutions for road paving, safety and road infrastructure is organised by Veronafiere and SITEB - Italian Roads and Bitumen. Asphaltica will be held in Hall 4 at the Veronafiere Exhibition Centre, with a large outdoor area for displays of large machinery and bituminous conglomerate production plant.
The top priority remains that of ensuring the safety of the event thanks to the safety-business protocol developed by Veronafiere and validated by the Italian Scientific Technical Committee, health authorities and AEFI, the Italian association of trade fair organisers.
“Together with SITEB and the main stakeholders in the supply chain,” explained Giovanni Mantovani, chief executive of Veronafiere, “We have identified the end of October as a suitable time slot for holding Asphaltica in complete safety, as well as responding to the business needs of companies and operators and supporting the restart of the market.”
With this objective in mind, all health prevention measures have been upgraded within the exhibition centre with thermo-scanners at the entrances gates, management of entry and exit flows in and out of facilities. There will be online ticketing, continuous sanitisation of the venue and air conditioning systems, reorganisation of catering services and anti-crowd control using intelligent cameras.
The global bitumen and associated products supply chain is worth over €2 billion in Italy, with 400 plants and 35,000 direct employees rising to 500,000 when allied sectors are also considered. “The new edition of Asphaltica, after the postponement last year will take on a crucial role in relaunching a sector which in these difficult times has proven its resilience,” said Michele Turrini, president of SITEB.
“Today, our sector is called upon, with suitable support and strategic vision from the new government, to play a fundamental role in the safety and sustainability of the infrastructure of our country,” said Turrini.