From Elba to the Urals, a heritage of metallurgy paves the way for shared innovation. On 21 September 2021 the round table Metal-Hub Russia Italy.
Sergei Lavrov, The Russian Federation’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, emphasized that things are neither obvious or predictable between Italy and Russia.
In fact, he praised the Italian commitment to relaunch economic cooperation between the two countries. Lavrov spoke live at the public conference “From export to joint ventures: the importance of collaboration between Italian and Russian companies and regions”, organized in Milan by the bilateral body the Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce chaired by Vincenzo Trani.
Russia’s top diplomat noted that, in the its first phase, the pandemic led to a serious recession and the breakdown of economic ties and production chains. Therefore, what is needed, at the present stage, is to seek new opportunities for growth and cooperation. “It is encouraging that Mario Draghi’s government,” Lavrov added, “is determined to promote fruitful contacts between our parliaments, ministries and departments, to give a strong boost to bilateral cooperation.”
Among the highlights of the Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce Conference was the round table “Metal-Hub Russia Italy. Industrial Innovation and Metallurgy” held on September 21st, organized in collaboration with the Metal-Hub platform promoted by Art Valley.
Metallurgy and related industrial technologies in the various areas of the ferrous and non-ferrous supply chains are among the leading interchange sectors between Italy and Russia.
“Integration between the two schools of metallurgy will bring with it important synergies in terms of technologies and trade. This round table is the first real encounter between representatives of the metal industry in the two countries”, said Antonello Colussi, President of Danieli Russia, one of the promoters of Metal-Hub and moderator for the metallurgy speakers. “Some major Russian companies, such as Rosneft, which participated in the Metal-Hub session of the Conference, have actively joined the Italy-Russia dialogue, specifying Italian companies as interesting partners for projects in the Federation’s large metallurgical complexes”, concluded Colussi, who announced a follow-up with regular seminars between the two sides.
This round table represented an opportunity to understand new resources, along with the effects and consequences for both large operators and international markets. An opportunity not only to compare volumes or market shares but also to look at opportunities for integration between the two schools of metallurgy, through the contributions of automation as well as upstream and downstream technologies for steel and non-ferrous metals.
This type of integration will bring important synergies in terms of technologies and trading in both the ferrous and non-ferrous sectors. In fact, Italy and Russia have a shared intellectual heritage in metallurgy technology, demonstrated by history. From Italy’s ancient ferrous deposits in Elba, exploited by the Etruscans and around which the historic European steel center of Piombino developed over the centuries, to the immense Russian mineral resources of the Urals which saw 200 iron foundries already developed in the 18th century.
In the Russian round table, organized by Antonello Colussi, Secretary General of Metal-Hub, the speakers included the Executive Director of the Russian Steel Association, Alexey Sentyurin; the Chairman of the Russian Aluminium Association, Artom Asatur; the Vice President of International Affairs for Rusal, Anton Bazule; and the CEO of Chermet, Bardin Victor Semenov. On the Italian side, coordinated by Alberto Cavicchiolo, the speakers were Eugenio Bodini of Confindustria Brescia; Finarvedi CEO, Mario Caldonazzo; the President of METEF, Mario Conserva; Tenova’s Vice President, Antonio Catalano; Assofond’s Vice President and President of Fonderie Zanardi, Franco Zanardi; Sideridraulic CEO, Mario Bodini; the President of Art Valley, Francesca Bruni; and Vecchiato Officine Meccaniche Sales Director, Massimiliano Mancini.
Metal-Hub Russia Italy is a program promoted by Art Valley in collaboration with industry institutions.