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Located in a bilingual region, Fiera Bolzano is the ideal meeting point for companies from the German-speaking areas of northern Europe and their Italian-speaking counterparts to the south. Our events focus chiefly on  tourism and hotels, winter sports and Alpine technology, Alpine agriculture and industry, sustainable building and renewable energies.
 

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Why exhibit at Fiera Bolzano?

Located in a bilingual region, Fiera Bolzano is the ideal meeting point for companies from the German-speaking areas of northern Europe and their Italian-speaking counterparts to the south. Our events focus chiefly on subjects relating to the Alpine economy, with a particular preference for areas in which the Trentino Alto Adige region is an acknowledged leader at national or international level.

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Successful Eleventh Edition with Regard to Olympia 2022

ALPITEC CHINA

The eleventh edition of Alpitec China, International trade show for mountain and winter technologies, recently closed its doors in Beijing. From 16 to 19 January 2019, Alpitec China together with ISPO Beijing was once again the meeting place for the ...

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New location Shanghai for the third edition

INTERPOCHINA

After the first two editions held in the Weihai Exhibition Centre, Fiera Bolzano brings the apple world back to China, with a change of location and dates: Interpoma China 2019 will be held in April at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. Bol ...

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Second Ski Rental Summit by Prowinter Lab

PROWINTER

  Prowinter, the trade show for winter sports, will take place for the 19th time at the Bolzano Exhibition Centre from 09 - 11 April 2019. The second Ski Rental Summit by Prowinter Lab will focus on the rental sector, which continues to grow st ...

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CLIVET NEWS AT KLIMAHOUSE 2019

KLIMAHOUSE

Clivet are exhibiting at Klimahouse 2019, the dedicated show for the world of sustainable buildings. The show will take place in Bolzano 8italy) from 23rd to 26th January, with many important announcements.   At the new stand (D25/54), in a la ...

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Alpitec China 2019: New Venue, Proven Format

ALPITEC CHINA

From January 16th to 19th, Alpitec China showcases the complete range of mountain and winter technologies in Beijing’s brand new China International Exhibition Center (CIEC New Venue). The annual Asia Pacific Snow Conference and the second edit ...

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2018 Interpoma Technology Award: First winners honored

INTERPOMA

While the 11th Interpoma – the apple industry’s international trade fair – was gearing up, the first Interpoma Technology Award was ceremonially presented on the opening day yesterday. The award recognizes innovative technologies an ...

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Robotics Plus receives US$8M investment from Yamaha Motor

INTERPOMA

Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. makes second investment into world-leading agricultural automation and robotics innovator, bringing its total investment to US$10M  Robotics Plus, a New Zealand agricultural robotics and automation company, today announced ...

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The world of ski rentals at Fiera Bolzano

PROWINTER

Prowinter, the trade show specialized in winter sports, has reached its 19th edition, taking place from April 9 – 11, 2019 at Fiera Bolzano. With “rental” as its key topic and the second Ski Rental Summit coming up, this B2B event f ...

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Bz loves Apples

INTERPOMA

With its motto “Bolzano loves apples”, Interpoma, the only international trade show dedicated to the apple, will from November 15 to 17 be welcoming guests from all over the world with a program of events and themed initiatives outside t ...

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“The Apple in the World” congress looks East

INTERPOMA

From Eastern Europe to Japan via Russia, the Middle East and the republics of Central Asia, all the news on how the geography of apple-growing is changing. The 2018 edition of Interpoma, the biennial event organized by Fiera Bolzano exclusively for ...

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Here’s to another 10 years of Alpitec China

ALPITEC CHINA

During the past decade, Alpitec China has celebrated ten successful editions in China’s capital, witnessing the rise of what is without a doubt the most promising ski market in the world. Having established itself as the leading business platfo ...

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Nine guided tours to discover all the secrets of apple production in Trentino Alto Adige

INTERPOMA

The only trade show in the world dedicated solely to apple production is offering guided tours to farms and other businesses to see at first hand the innovations being introduced in the sector. The Interpoma Innovation tours and the Melinda Tour are ...

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Successful Eleventh Edition with Regard to Olympia 2022

The eleventh edition of Alpitec China, International trade show for mountain and winter technologies, recently closed its doors in Beijing. From 16 to 19 January 2019, Alpitec China together with ISPO Beijing was once again the meeting place for the winter sports industry of the entire Asia-Pacific region. South Tyrolean market leaders Technoalpin and Leitner with Prinoth and Demaclenko took part in the Chinese adventure as exhibitors.

Bolzano, 31 January 2019 - For four days, 67 exhibitors and brands from 12 countries presented the entire product range of winter technologies at the new location, China International Exhibition Center in Beijing over an area of 4,500 square meters: cableway systems and snow-making systems, slope preparation machines, snowmobiles, equipment for ski rental and safety, ticket and certification systems, ski resort planning, resort design and investment advice. The eleventh edition confirmed the position of the trade show as leading platform for mountain and winter technologies in the Asia-Pacific region: Alpitec China together with ISPO Beijing recorded again 30,000 visitors. 

"We already jumped on the bandwagon of the growing Chinese winter sports industry in 2009 and now see ourselves confirmed in this decision. The entire market has been boosted by the bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. And the development continues beyond the Olympic Games, albeit perhaps not quite as rapidly: "There are some new ski resorts and the expansion of existing ski resorts in the planning stage," underlines Thomas Mur, Director of Messe Bozen. "We just visited some of them during the Ski Resort Tour organised by ISPO Beijing and were able to get a direct impression ourselves".

The accompanying information programme at Alpitec China was particularly attractive for trade visitors. The Asia Pacific Snow Conference APSC, which is traditionally organized together with ISPO Beijing, was again well attended with 350 participants. One highlight of the APSC 2019 was the presentation of the "White Book 2018" by Wu Bin - the only publication that analyses the status quo of the Chinese winter sports industry. The figures illustrate a continuous, now rather linear than exponential growth compared to previous years: 14 new ropeways were put into operation, which corresponds to a growth of almost 6% to 250 ropeways.  According to Wu Bin, the largest increase was in the number of ski lifts with +12.5% to 54 lifts and the number of snow cannons with +12.27% to 7,140. 

The second edition of the APSC Technical Workshop offered trade visitors valuable know-how on specific technical aspects of ski resort operation: the speakers gave tips on how to prepare a slope for night skiing and illuminate it, which snow groomer is suitable for which slope or how to set up a safety concept for major ski events. 

The exhibitors at Alpitec China 2019 came from China, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Finland, Chile, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. The Chilean snowpark planner Longride Snowparks took part for the first time. CEO Miguel Brzovic Cordero sees Alpitec China as a stepping stone into the Chinese market: "We are very satisfied with the quality and quantity of the contacts made. There was so much interest in our company that we are now looking for a Chinese partner to develop a business model for China".

Among the exhibitors were again some South Tyrolean companies: Leitner with Prinoth and Demaclenko (both present since the first edition in 2009) and Technoalpin (exhibitor since 2010) took the opportunity to present themselves to the Asia-Pacific market at Alpitec China 2019. John Calverley and Andreas Muigg from Prinoth were also speakers at the APSC Technical Workshop. 

The South Tyrolean exhibitors were satisfied with their participation in Alpitec China 2019 and for the most part also with the new location, which is further away from the city centre but close to the airport.

For Michael Mayr, Sales Area Manager at Technoalpin, Alpitec China has been the ideal opportunity to meet customers in the region for years. "We were also very satisfied this year with the supporting events accompanying the trade show; high-ranking representatives of the ski industry were present at the Asia Pacific Snow Conference Dinner, for example.”

For Erika Brunello, Key Account Manager China at Demaclenko, it is still a must to be present at Alpitec China. "A big compliment to Fiera Bolzano for the smooth and efficient organisation in a not always easy environment". Brunello is pleased that next year Alpitec China will no longer take place before but after the Chinese New Year and thus after the winter sports high season, which is very short compared to Europe: From 12-15 February 2020, the industry will meet again at Alpitec China in the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing.

 

New location Shanghai for the third edition

After the first two editions held in the Weihai Exhibition Centre, Fiera Bolzano brings the apple world back to China, with a change of location and dates: Interpoma China 2019 will be held in April at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

Bolzano, 28 January 2019 - The Chinese market is getting more and more attractive for the apple sector:  China is the first producer in the world, with 44 million tons, and has an ever-increasing need to innovate the methods of cultivation and move towards a more sustainable development of the supply chain.

For this reason, Fiera Bolzano is once again organizing Interpoma China this year, an event full of opportunities for all those working in the sector and who want to approach the Chinese apple market in a professional way. The 2019 edition will be held from 15 to 17 April 2019 in Shanghai, the beating heart of the Chinese economy, as part of Fresh Logistics Asia organized by Messe München Shanghai.

These days the exhibitors' campaign is in full swing, with confirmations from Italian, European and Chinese companies emerging: "We believe that Interpoma China represents a flagship in the sector. We have chosen to collaborate with Messe München Shanghai to be able to reach an even more professional and international audience," says Thomas Mur, CEO of Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Center.

The Chinese trade show, like Interpoma in Bolzano, will be accompanied on all three days by the international congress "The Apple in the World", coordinated by the renowned apple expert Kurt Werth. Speakers from Italy, Europe, New Zealand and China will speak at the three sessions on topics related to production in Asia, new varieties and characteristics of the fruit, innovations in the field of sustainability in agriculture and topics concerning cultivation techniques, as well as case histories of success in China. 

Second Ski Rental Summit by Prowinter Lab

 

Prowinter, the trade show for winter sports, will take place for the 19th time at the Bolzano Exhibition Centre from 09 - 11 April 2019. The second Ski Rental Summit by Prowinter Lab will focus on the rental sector, which continues to grow strongly. The Prowinter Lab, coordinated by Alfredo Tradati, offers a meaningful snapshot of the sector.

 

Hashtag for reference: #Prowinter

The second edition of the Ski Rental Summit during Prowinter 2019 promises to be exciting: The latest numbers of the Prowinter Lab will be presented! The research project, coordinated by Alfredo Tradati, uses systematic telephone interviews with rental companies to find out about in which direction the sector is moving. The results show that more than half of the skiers on the Italian pistes now use ski and winter sports equipment from rental companies. "The exponential growth of ski rentals is in line with this trend," says Tradati. "Last winter we counted 851 ski rental companies, but this figure is growing strongly. There is no turning back in this development."

Another result of Tradati's research: customers expect more and more quality in products and services, but above all in service. Many would like a kind of all-round service with tips on the most attractive slopes or the best après-ski huts. After all, ski rental is often the first contact after the arrival of the winter tourist in his winter sports resort and therefore acts as a representative of the entire winter sports destination, no longer just as a supplier of equipment.

This is also confirmed by Angelo Vallé, a passionate ski instructor and operator of the Sport2000rent ski rental Sportcenter in Breuil Cervinia in the Valle d'Aosta. "We are usually open from 1 November to 5 May, subject to good snow conditions," explains Vallé. Its rental offers all the equipment you need for winter sports, whether skiing to ski touring, telemarking, snowboarding or snowshoeing. "In addition to the actual equipment, we also offer a wide range of services: For example, if a skier brings his own skis for maintenance, we deliver a pair of replacement skis - like the courtesy car you get from your mechanic".

Thanks to his experience as a ski instructor, Vallé is not only behind the counter. "We also organise day trips for skiers, ski tourers and snowshoe hikers: Our mountains are a true paradise, both in summer and winter. We want to make this paradise accessible to our customers and offer them experiences and insights that would otherwise remain closed to them without any knowledge of the place or the language". His company has customers from all over Europe, recently mostly from Scandinavia, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Last year, Tradati estimates that the rental sector lent over 100,000 pairs of skis throughout Italy. The fact that a total of 177,000 skis were sold in Italy in the same period (FESI data) shows how important this phenomenon has become. Rental is now an important parameter for winter tourists in evaluating their tourist experience. In the future, Tradati goes on to say, it will therefore be necessary to rely on greater cooperation between all the players involved - tour operators, rental companies, cable car operators, hoteliers, tourism associations - in order to jointly put together an all-round attractive offer for winter tourists.

CLIVET NEWS AT KLIMAHOUSE 2019

Clivet are exhibiting at Klimahouse 2019, the dedicated show for the world of sustainable buildings. The show will take place in Bolzano 8italy) from 23rd to 26th January, with many important announcements.

 

At the new stand (D25/54), in a larger and more comfortable exhibition area, Clivet will exhibit its wide range of solutions for individual houses and apartments, including:

• Air to air heat pump systems

• Hydronic heat pump systems

• Direct expansion systems including the split lines with R32 refrigerant.

 

VMC preview

The new mechanical controlled ventilation system with active thermodynamic recovery, electronic filters, inverter technology and R32 refrigerant will also be exhibited at Klimahouse.

 

Guided tours and seminars

At the Clivet booth there will be 6 events presenting the cutting edge of sustainable comfort. Every day Clivet technicians will illustrate the new products and systems displayed and will accompany visitors on a guided tour of the stand that will end with an aperitif.

 

Convention: The contribution of real estate and building plants in obtaining 2030 objectives

January 24th: 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm - Booth D25/54

Special guests: Thomas Nowak, Secretary General EHPA - Marco Mari, Vice-President GBC Italia - Ulrich Santa, Director Agenzia CasaClima - Ulrich Klammsteiner, Technical Director Agenzia CasaClima - Thomas Mur, Director Fiera Bolzano - Fernando Pettorossi, Chief of the Italian  Heat Pump Group ANIMA Assoclima - Claudio Pozza, Chief Executive Officer Pozza Matteo & C. costruzioni

Moderator: Maria Chiara Voci – Contributor Il Sole 24 Ore

 

The Clivet booth will host two interesting seminars, dedicated to successful applications:

Seminar 1 - For Constructors and builders

January 24th: 2.30 pm - 3.00 pm - Booth D25/54

Good practices: GBC Home Gold certified condominium in Costabissara. 

Clivet has supplied for the Leonardo Da Vinci residential building (in the province of Vicenza) the comfort system that guarantees low energy consumption, contributing to the acquisition of GBC Home Gold certification, thanks to an integrated building-plant design.

 

Seminar 2 - For designers

January 25th: 11.30 am -12.10 am - Booth D25/54

Good practices: Villa Nzeb. 

The building-plant integration already in the planning phase has allowed to obtain a villa in class A4 and NZEB (even without calculating the advantage of the VMC). The structure is in reinforced concrete, with 52 cm curtain walls in Ytong. The air conditioning system is based on the technology of the hydronic heat pump (ELFOSystem SPHERA of Clivet), which guarantees total comfort, reducing consumption and exploiting renewable energy.

 

KLIMAHOUSE - Bolzano (23-26 January 2019) Stand D 25/54 

Barbara Casagrande, tel. +39/0439/313235 b.casagrande@clivet.it - www.clivetlive.com


Alpitec China 2019: New Venue, Proven Format

From January 16th to 19th, Alpitec China showcases the complete range of mountain and winter technologies in Beijing’s brand new China International Exhibition Center (CIEC New Venue). The annual Asia Pacific Snow Conference and the second edition of APSC Technical Workshop complete the exhibition offering by giving detailed technical insights. As always, Alpitec China is taking place together with ISPO Beijing, the leading multi-segment sports exhibition in Asia.

Beijing, 16 January 2019 – The eleventh edition of Alpitec China offers its international trade visitors both something new and something well-tried and proven: New is the venue, the prestigious new China International Exhibition Center CIEC - but proven is the character of the international trade show as a meeting place for the winter sports industry. "With Alpitec China, we have been accompanying China's rapid development in winter sports since 2009, and for the 11th edition we bring again all the international key players in mountain and winter technologies to Beijing," emphasizes Thomas Mur, Director of the Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Center. "Together with our partner ISPO Beijing, we have built up a unique format here in recent years: In addition to an overview of the most innovative products in the winter sports industry, our information program offers valuable technical know-how and important background information for winter sports industry professionals". 

 

Alpitec China and ISPO Beijing: winter sports market at 360 degrees

In Hall E3 of the new China International Exhibition Center, ski resort managers and decision makers will be able to find everything they are looking for: from ropeway systems, snowmakers, snow grooming machines, snow mobiles, ski rental and safety equipment, ticketing and admission systems to ski resort planning and real estate investment consulting. This year's exhibitors come from 12 different countries, among them the most important key players in the international winter technologies market. The exhibition offering of Alpitec China is completed by ISPO Beijing, focusing especially on winter sports equipment, fashion and accessories, which results in a 360 degrees overview for the Asian winter sports sector. 

 

Industry insights: Asia Pacific Snow Conference and APSC Technical Workshop 

In addition to the actual trade fair where winter sports professionals can see, touch and thus understand and value the market’s latest innovations, Alpitec China’s information program is getting more and more important as it provides both inspiration and networking opportunities.

The Asia Pacific Snow Conference is an absolute highlight for operators of ski resorts and the entire winter sports industry. On 17 January 2019, international speakers will take a close look at the most recent developments in international winter sports: The latest data from the "White Book 2018", the only data collection that analyses the ski industry in China, is eagerly awaited. Afterwards, the focus will be on the most important international ski resorts. Several case studies of indoor and outdoor ski resorts as well as of "crossover communities", combinations of winter sports with other sports, provide the necessary practical relevance. 

Since technical and safety aspects are gaining in importance as Chinese winter sports destinations are acting more and more professionally, Alpitec China launched the APSC Technical Workshop for the first time last year. The second edition of the APSC Technical Workshop on 18 January 2019 builds on this success: The morning will be devoted to various aspects of safety, with expert presentations on slope monitoring and staff training, lift evacuation, lighting systems for night skiing and safety planning for ski events.  In the afternoon, the presentations on snow depth measurement systems, sustainable slope preparation and the selection of the appropriate snow groomer for China will shed light on various factors of slope preparation. 

Participation in the Asia Pacific Snow Conference and the APSC technical workshop is free of charge.

 

2018 Interpoma Technology Award: First winners honored

While the 11th Interpoma – the apple industry’s international trade fair – was gearing up, the first Interpoma Technology Award was ceremonially presented on the opening day yesterday. The award recognizes innovative technologies and machines exhibited at the trade fair and is organized by Fiera Bolzano with the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and the Italian Society of Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Growers (SOI).

The jury is headed up by Massimo Tagliavini and includes researchers and university professors from Italy and around the world. In October and November, the jury members studied and assessed the 25 participating companies in detail and reached a final result yesterday after inspecting the most interesting innovations at the companies’ stands.

The first Interpoma Technology Award in the FIELD category (innovations in production and crop protection) was presented to the Biogard Division of CBC Europe with “Mister Pro + Isomate® CM Mister 1.0”. The jury’s reasons were as follows: “By taking an existing technology of pest control using mating disruption and adding a combination of pest phenology, real-time environmental monitoring and microcomputing control hardware and software, CBC Europe have developed a simple technology that supports a sophisticated, advanced pest control system. This environmentally responsive technology will overcome the multiple shortcomings of current mating disruption technologies”.

The award in the POST HARVEST category went to BIOMETIC, a division of MICROTEC, with “Q Eye XP”. The jury stated: “The Q Eye XP  by BioMetic is a scanner used in the packaging line that is effective in detecting internal fruit defects. Its innovative approach involves the use of X-rays, an emerging technology not yet practically applied in the fruit industry. It complements other already established multi-sensor quality scanners, thus reducing post-storage waste with benefits for consumers. These technologies can also be used to measure additional parameters in other fruit species, and thus represent an additional value. It is expected to impact post-harvest handling and quality evaluation in the apple fruit industry”

In addition to the two winners there were also special mentions: in the FIELD category the GOTRACK company from Poland was recognized for its own “GOtrack Remote Control”, while in the “POST HARVEST” category special mentions went to GREEFA for its “SmartPackr2” and Meccanica Zucal for its packaging robot “Polus 48”.

The two winning companies received a package of prizes valued at € 5,000, including a certificate, financing for a 30-second product video and a Fiera Bolzano advertising package for Interpoma, to boost the visibility of the award-winning products at the trade fair.

“As a jury, we are delighted with the great public interest in the Technology Award,” says jury chairman Massimo Tagliavini. “We were impressed by the variety of products from the participating companies. The wide range of technological innovations on display can help make the apple industry more environmentally friendly and sustainable in its many facets – from the field to the consumer, and even the profitability of the stakeholders in the sector.

Thomas Mur, Director of Fiera Bolzano, agrees wholeheartedly: “Interpoma is increasingly becoming a benchmark for the entire international apple industry. Among other things, this is highlighted by the first Interpoma Technology Award, which featured entrants from eight different countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Great Britain and Spain.”

The Interpoma Technology Awards were presented at an award ceremony in the Südtirol Lounge, attended by the jury, the board of management of Fiera Bolzano and representatives from the international trade press. 


Robotics Plus receives US$8M investment from Yamaha Motor

Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. makes second investment into world-leading agricultural automation and robotics innovator, bringing its total investment to US$10M 

Robotics Plus, a New Zealand agricultural robotics and automation company, today announced a US$8M investment from Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. (Japan) to support its ambitious growth plans. The investment brings Yamaha Motor’s total investment in Robotics Pus to $US10M, following a partnership agreement and investment of US$2M announced in March 2018. 

“We are very pleased to have continued strengthening our partnership with Yamaha Motor and secured additional investment to support our vision to grow into a truly New Zealand, global business that will transform a number of industries,” says Steve Saunders, Co-Founder and Chairman of Robotics Plus who is currently establishing a US subsidiary for the company.

“This investment will allow us to take the company to the next level and attract and retain the world class talent we need.  To stay ahead of the opportunity we need to scale quickly, not just with our apple packers that are already in market, but also with our new UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) platform technology and other projects under development.”

Hiro Saijo, CEO of Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley, says: “We’ve invested in Robotics Plus to help us reach our goal to make agriculture more sustainable, healthy, and secure. To meet the significant and increasing agriculture demands of today and tomorrow, including agricultural labour shortage globally, we need to create sophisticated and precision robotics and automation technologies that will transform the agricultural industries.”

To accelerate the development of their next generation automation solutions, Robotics Plus will leverage Yamaha Motor’s experience, knowledge and technologies in outdoor vehicles, factory automation, robotics, design for manufacturing and manufacturing.

Dr Matt Glenn, CEO of Robotics Plus, says: “We’ve developed a mutually beneficial commercial relationship with Yamaha Motor. We can benefit from their specialist knowledge in precision automation, manufacturing and access to high quality components to help us develop our technologies.  Yamaha Motor can benefit from working with Robotics Plus as a world leading robotics and automation business focusing on the agricultural and horticultural markets.  

“We have a highly skilled development team located close to orchards and other agricultural environments.  We can rapidly prototype new ideas, validate new components and integrate these into our robotic systems. This will also create new opportunities to develop technologies in other markets, too.”

In May, Robotics Plus’ robotic Āporo apple packers were the first in a suite of technologies to be commercially launched. The apple packer, which identifies and places apples in display trays, can safely handle up to 120 fruit per minute. It is being marketed by Global Pac Technologies, a Jenkins Group (NZ/Australia) and Van Doren Sales (US) joint venture, and is already operating in packhouses in New Zealand and the USA.  

Other technologies under development to address major issues in the horticulture industry caused by labour shortages and increasing consumer demand for fresh fruit, include: an autonomous agricultural vehicle, robotic kiwifruit harvester, robotic pollinator, crop estimator, and a number of confidential projects.

Saunders says his Māori heritage has played a role in Robotics Plus’ development. “Our core values of ‘he aronga nui’ (pioneering), ‘manaakitanga’ (collaboration), ‘tika me te pono’ (principled) and ‘kaitiakitangi’ (stewardship) resonate with Yamaha Motor’s values.  We have a common desire to meet future challenges to feed the world in a sustainable way with smart automation and intelligent robotics.

“This partnership and going global is truly exciting.  The institutional knowledge Yamaha Motor brings creates a fantastic opportunity to develop our great young talent out of New Zealand.” 

Dr Glenn adds, “If we want to solve the big agricultural issues of the future we need to support the horticultural and agricultural industries with innovative solutions that will enable them to do things differently.  We have the ability to solve big global challenges like this from New Zealand, and the way we can achieve that faster is with the support of an international company like Yamaha Motor.”

Robotics Plus is well positioned to deliver on its vision to be a world leader in robotics and automation technology for the food and fibre industries. 

Dr Glenn says, “In addition to Yamaha Motor, we also have commercial partnerships with Global Pac Technologies, ISO Limited and Trimax. We’ve also established valuable collaborative research relationships with the University of Waikato, the University of Auckland, Massey University and Plant & Food Research, and we are a founding partner of PlantTech, an industry-led research organisation based in the Western Bay of Plenty.  

“Our innovation and growth plans are well supported by our private investors as well as New Zealand Government agencies, Callaghan Innovation, NZTE, MBIE, MPI and TPK.”

Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) was created with a simple goal in mind – to unlock new levels of productivity in some of the world’s most labour-intensive food and fibre value chains.

Since 2013, we have developed world-leading mechanisation, automation, machine vision, robotic and sensor technologies to address global challenges in the primary industry such as labour shortages, sustainability for growers, pollination gaps and yield security.

Informed by deep customer insights, RPL has built an IP portfolio that creates the opportunity to radically transform food and fibre value chains with automated systems for variable agricultural environments.

Robotics Plus has employed recent advancements in sensors, computing and artificial intelligence to develop several world first agricultural automation technologies, including robotic apple packers, robotic harvesters for kiwifruit, robotic kiwifruit pollination, autonomous agricultural vehicles, and robotic crop estimation.

RPL’s technology is already making waves in New Zealand agriculture and is now expanding into global markets and other sectors.

Website: http://www.roboticsplus.co.nz 

The world of ski rentals at Fiera Bolzano

Prowinter, the trade show specialized in winter sports, has reached its 19th edition, taking place from April 9 – 11, 2019 at Fiera Bolzano. With “rental” as its key topic and the second Ski Rental Summit coming up, this B2B event focusses successfully on the general development of the Italian winter sports sector.

Hashtag for reference: #Prowinter

The freshly fallen snow did not come as a surprise for those involved in and living of winter tourism. No matter if it comes to producers, sporting goods stores or the steadily growing number of rental shops, the entire world of winter sports is already ready and eager for a new and exciting winter season! However, one counts the chickens when they hatch – and Italy’s winter sports industry tends to do that at Prowinter, Fiera Bolzano’s B2B trade show dedicated to winter sports, which is going to take place from April 9 – 11, 2019.

Every year during Prowinter, South Tyrol’s capital turns into a hotspot for snow lovers to network, do business and take stock over the past season. However, the declared focus of the event is, as usual, the rental business:

«The continuous growth of the sports rental sector all over Italy proves that we chose the right key topic for our show. We are proud to be considered as a point of reference for the analysis and the development of this very special industry,» says Vera Pöhl, Exhibition Manager of Prowinter. This clear vision is without a doubt Prowinter’s key to success: «According to recent studies, up to 60% of all active skiers use the services of rental shops in winter. This phenomenon must not be underestimated and there is a strong need for more and continuous research.» concludes Vera Pöhl.

The study she refers to was published in the context of an ongoing project called Prowinter Lab, the independent observatory on the Italian sports rental market. Founded by Fiera Bolzano in 2017 and coordinated by Alfredo Tradati, it also gave life to the first Ski Rental Summit in 2018. «The business of rentals has gone in a very clear direction: it has grown massively during the past winter seasons. Now it is vital that rental shop owners, producers, ski area managers and operators from the entire sector of winter tourism strive for continuous communication in order to improve the quality for their clients and guests. For this reason, Prowinter is going to host a Ski Rental Summit also in 2019.» says Tradati.

Mountains in 360 degrees!

Prowinter is not only dealing with ski rental shops, but is at the same time a platform for more than 200 producers and their 6,000 potential clients from sporting goods stores, ski schools and ski resorts from all over Italy. The event offers three days of exhibition, information and networking opportunities, but it is also a perfect frame to conclude and celebrate the past winter season. Each year, numerous ceremonies take place inside Prowinter, awarding professional athletes and world stars as well as young talents, next to all newly certified ski instructors. Ample space inside the exhibition and accompanying program is also is given to startups and fledging companies, which are yet to make their mark on the winter sport sector.

Bz loves Apples

With its motto “Bolzano loves apples”, Interpoma, the only international trade show dedicated to the apple, will from November 15 to 17 be welcoming guests from all over the world with a program of events and themed initiatives outside the trade show and across the whole city. Bolzano, as the international capital of the apple, will itself be turned into a true "big apple” during this period.

Interpoma 2018, the two-yearly international trade show dedicated entirely to the apple sector, is scheduled for November 15 to 17 this year at the Bolzano trade show center: there will be a special program of evening events, themed exhibitions and tastings of apple-derived products, featuring numerous enterprises from right across the city, including restaurants and hotels, as well as bars, bakeries and confectioners.
Interpoma is a major event capable of attracting 20,000 visitors to Bolzano from over 70 countries around the world and, with 500 enterprises present, makes South Tyrol a unique market place for the apple sector. With its program “Bolzano loves Apples”, Interpoma offers guests a unique sensory experience for their business trip that can be enjoyed all over the city.
Origins: an exhibition between past, present and future
Interpoma 2018 invites visitors on a journey through the history of the apple, with an exhibition that shows the origins of the apple in Kazakhstan, explains new possibilities for refining and processing, and offers a view of the technologies of the future.
Interpoma Taste
For the first time, Interpoma will this year feature an area inside the pavilion where visitors can taste apple-derived products and much more besides. The Laimburg Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry is presenting innovative apple juices, with tastings and judgings of ciders arranged by its Evaluation Lab. VOG PRODUCTS, the producer of natural ingredients for the food and beverage industry, will put the focus on apple juice, with a special section dedicated to “Pink Lady” products; while, in partnership with Red Rooster farm holidays, the Ausserloretzhof and Gasserhof farms and the Knöspele distillery will be presenting their natural products based upon ancient and traditional recipes, such as preserves and liquors.
The apple in the city
The entire city of Bolzano will for three days dedicate itself to the fruit that symbolizes the regions of Trentino and South Tyrol. In partnership with the Association of Hoteliers and Restaurateurs (HGV), the Unione HDS and BZ Heartbeat, 30 hotels and restaurants and 20 bakeries and confectioners in Bolzano are preparing apple-based menus and specialties for the entire duration of the event.
Interpoma Delicious Events
Trade shows are places to meet and do business, but they also represent an opportunity to get to know new cultures and taste the culinary delights of the host territory. For the opening night on Thursday, November 15, Interpoma is organizing the Golden Delicious Night at the on-site Forst Season restaurant; a “golden” night for locals, but also a chance for enterprises to dine with their customers or meet each other in an elegant and pleasant environment.
Then, on the evening of Friday, November 16, two parties will be held at the Bolzano exhibition center; one, “Rouge et Noir”, is organized by the Forst Season restaurant, while the other will be staged at the Hotel Four Points by Sheraton.

“The Apple in the World” congress looks East

From Eastern Europe to Japan via Russia, the Middle East and the republics of Central Asia, all the news on how the geography of apple-growing is changing.

The 2018 edition of Interpoma, the biennial event organized by Fiera Bolzano exclusively for the apple production sector and scheduled for November 15 to 17 this year, promises to be bursting with new ideas and products. Among the events most eagerly awaited by the industry is “The Apple in the World” congress, which will offer as detailed and exhaustive as possible a panorama of what’s happening in the East, from Poland to Japan. 

Kurt Werth, Congress organizer and coordinator, gives us a flavor now of some of the subjects up for discussion. 

“The plan to look at what’s happening in apple production in the Near and Far East,” Werth explains, “comes from an idea hatched jointly with Jochen Kager, Europe & Middle East Director of AgroFresh, because there are situations and dynamics in this geographical area that are worth exploring in more detail. Poland, which this year is expected to produce a harvest of 4.5 million tonnes – another record and twice the size of Italy’s apple production – will be dealt with separately; the event will focus more on the emerging economies,” Werth continues. “For example, we will talk about Russia, where a large amount of investment in terms of both land and resources is taking place in the Caucasus region, for instance in the Krasnodar area and in Kabardino-Balkaria. Thousands of new plants have been set up there in the last five years, with trees imported from Holland and Italy. This is really interesting because it’s not just new in relation to the old Soviet-era type of fruit-growing, but something entirely new, with large corporations investing in fruit-growing.”

“After Russia,” Werth continues, “we’ll continue our journey eastwards to other central Asian countries. Although they do not have the land area available in Russia, they still have some interesting features and are developing rapidly. I’m thinking in this case of former Soviet republics like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. We will also look at Turkey, which has an important tradition of growing apples but where new production facilities are being set up. Big changes are happening in all these countries, but from an agronomic point of view, not everything is going as well as it should: despite the presence of consultants and experts, there are many problems, sometimes because unsuitable land is chosen”.

Discussions will also cover Iran, one of the world’s largest apple producers: in terms of quantity it produces slightly more than Italy and Turkey, but its production techniques are outdated. A panorama will also be given of the Baltic republics and Eastern and Central European countries like Croatia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, before moving on to the Far East.

“I have personally been to both Koreas,” says Werth, “and the situation in North and South is very different. In the South, the situation is similar to that of South Tyrol, with small family farms engaged in intensive production; in North Korea there is major investment exclusively by the State, often on unsuitable land.”

The journey eastwards through apple production then moves to Japan, where apple production is unlike anywhere else: the price is also ten times higher than in Europe, and an apple is never perfect enough. There is very high quality research taking place, in which the aesthetic element is fundamentally important, and production is very labor-intensive, which massively increases costs, though production is slightly less than that of South Tyrol: 800,000 tonnes compared to 1 million tonnes produced in South Tyrol.

“Staying in Asia, India is a case apart,” concludes Werth, “which we will look at in passing because it’s not particularly interesting from a production point of view, but should not be ignored for other important reasons. India has a population of around 1.5 billion, which is similar to the population of China, but it produces only 2 million tonnes of apples, or slightly more. This means that if every Indian were to consume 2 to 3 kg of apples per year, around 3 million tonnes would lack from the global market. South Tyrol is looking at this situation very closely and, through the organization of From, it has opened a channel with the Indian market. However, there are a number of unanswered questions because India is nevertheless a long way away, and needs large quantities and varieties with a long shelf life”.

There will be a special focus of the Congress dedicated solely to China, which is the world’s leading apple producer, producing 43 to 45 million tonnes per year (global production is around 83 to 85 million tonnes), with a talk by Professor Yuan Yongbing from Qingdao Agricultural University.

“The Apple in the World” will take place on November 15 and 16 at Fiera Bolzano, during the 11th edition of Interpoma.

 

Info: 

www.fierabolzano.it/interpoma/

http://www.fierabolzano.it/interpoma/la-mela-nel-mondo.htm 


Here’s to another 10 years of Alpitec China

During the past decade, Alpitec China has celebrated ten successful editions in China’s capital, witnessing the rise of what is without a doubt the most promising ski market in the world. Having established itself as the leading business platform in the Asia-Pacific region, it is now ready for a new venue, a new chapter and another ten prosperous years. The upcoming 11th edition is going to take place from January 16 – 19, 2019 at the new China International Exhibition Center (CIEC New Venue) together with ISPO Beijing.

The 10th anniversary edition of Alpitec China, which was held from January 24 to 27 2018, closed its doors with numbers to be proud of: Gross exhibition area increased by over 60% to a total amount of 4.500 square meters, presenting 79 exhibitors and exhibiting brands (+17% from 2017) from 11 different countries. During the four trade show days, international and domestic key players from the world of winter technologies welcomed 30,000 visitors, who flocked to the China National Convention Center to discover novelties, network and do business.

Bringing winter to China since 2009

An anniversary celebration is always a good time to look back and reflect – even when it comes to trade shows. The story of Alpitec in China dates back to its very first edition in in 2009, when it covered merely a few hundred square meters of the China National Exhibition Center (CIEC), featuring little over 30 exhibitors. In 2011, not even having doubled in size, it followed ISPO China (later: ISPO Beijing) to their new common venue, the newly built China National Convention Center (CNCC) close to the capital’s famous Bird’s Nest. Fired by China's rapidly developing winter sports sector, the interest in mountain and winter technologies started to boom - and Alpitec China with it: In 2013, the total exhibition space exceeded 1000 square meters for the first time, filling it with snowmaking solutions, ski lifts, groomers and snowmobiles from globally leading brands. The assignment of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games accelerated this trend, and the edition of 2016 was the first one to register over 2000 square meters in gross exhibition area. Two editions later, in 2018, that number had already more than doubled and for the upcoming 11th edition, prospects are just as bright: with the Winter Olympic Games right around the corner, the Chinese market is definitely the place to be. 

The snow dragon keeps on growing

The third edition of Benny Wu’s China Ski Industry White Book confirms what the previous ones had already anticipated: that China is the biggest beginners’ ski market in the world. Over 17 million skiers (+16% from the year before) populated the slopes of 703 Chinese ski resorts in 2017 (+9%), underlining a rapid and steady growth of the entire industry. In terms of winter and mountain technologies, Benny Wu and his associates registered a total of 236 aerial lifts (+18,5% from 2016), 1076 magic carpets (+26,5%), 6600 snowmaking machines (+27%) and 485 snow groomers (+18%) operating all over China.

A new chapter at the NCIEC

For the upcoming 11th edition in 2019, Alpitec China is moving again - to Beijing's new International Exhibition Center (CIEC New Venue), occupying three of the spacious and comfortably modern exhibition halls together with ISPO Beijing. On the Alpitec area, counting roughly 5000 square meters in hall E3, globally renowned key players are going to present themselves to decision makers from China's budding ski resorts, offering them all they could wish for from the technology department. Among the program highlights of the upcoming edition is as always the Asia Pacific Snow Conference (APSC), which has been a jour fixe for years, enriching the exhibition with insights on the most up-to-date topics on ski resort management and marketing. Another appointment not to miss in 2019 is the second edition of the APSC Technical Workshop, which is going to provide detailed information on the technical side of business, delivered by the sector’s key players themselves.

Alpitec China is therefore an opportunity not only to discover product innovations, maintain business relationships and make new contacts, but also to keep up-to-date with what has become the largest ski market in the world: “We are proud to provide such an important platform to the rapidly growing Asian winter industry. With 10 successful editions behind us, we are looking forward to yet another ten prosperous years”, says Thomas Mur, Managing Director of Fiera Bolzano, the organizer behind Alpitec China.

The 11th edition of Alpitec China is going to take place from the 16th to the 19th of January 2019 in the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC New Venue) in Beijing, together with ISPO Beijing, the leading multi-segment sports exhibition in Asia.

Nine guided tours to discover all the secrets of apple production in Trentino Alto Adige

The only trade show in the world dedicated solely to apple production is offering guided tours to farms and other businesses to see at first hand the innovations being introduced in the sector. The Interpoma Innovation tours and the Melinda Tour are this year’s big news.

Interpoma, the only international trade show dedicated to apples, to be held at Fiera Bolzano from November 15 to 17, has enriched its program with a series of guided tours reserved for apple sector professionals and the press, to promote the advanced production methods used in Alto Adige and demonstrate the highly innovative processing systems used here.

A total of nine daytime tours are planned, three to take place on Thursday November 15, five on Friday November 16, and one on the final day, Saturday November 17. Alongside the traditional tours looking at the organic sector and at technology, the big news this year will be the Interpoma Innovation Tours and the Melinda Tour. On Friday there will be an opportunity to take part in tours to look at innovation in the food sector, one in the morning and one in the afternoon: NOI Techpark, the Alto Adige technology park that brings businesses, researchers and students together to generate innovation, will show at first hand the work of startups operating in the food technology, automation, and green and alpine technologies sector. On Saturday morning, it will be the turn of Interpoma Tour Melinda, starting with a tour of MondoMelinda, the Consorzio Melinda visitor center in Segno di Predaia (TN), followed by a tour of the “underground cells”, vast galleries carved out of the rock, 275 m below the surface, which are used to store apples. 

Moving on to the traditional tours, the first two will be for anyone particularly interested in finding out more about the organic sector; they will be run in parallel early in the morning. The destination will be Val Venosta, the apple-growing area par excellence, with a general presentation of the environment, a tour of the Vi.p Laces Bio Cooperative in Laces (BZ) and another tour of an organic apple farm. 

The third and final tour on Thursday is scheduled for the afternoon and will visit Laives, where a general presentation will be given, followed by two tours, the first to an apple farm in the area, and the second to the “VOG Products” Cooperative, an innovative business processing fruit from Alto Adige and Trentino.

Friday will begin at 8.30 with a tour in the Bronzolo (BZ) area, during which there will be visits to Consorzio VOG’s “Grufrut” Cooperative and an apple farm in Magrè. The tour is expected to finish by 12.

The last two tours will run simultaneously (1.30 pm – 5 pm) in the afternoon. One will head for Vilpiano, with a tour of a Bolzano apple farm and the company “Egma/Fructus Meran”, which specializes in fruit processing and marketing. The other afternoon tour will be to Lana, to visit an apple farm and a checking station for spraying equipment.

Each tour costs 80 euros (including a trade show entry ticket) per person and reservations are already available online on the tours page of the official website: http://www.fierabolzano.it/interpoma/en/tour.htm.

“Interpoma’s tours,” explains Thomas Mur, Director of Fiera Bolzano, “are enhanced each year with content and ideas of real interest to apple producers because they offer a chance to see some of the most advanced apple production and processing techniques in action. We decided to offer this particularly dynamic range of tours in 2018 to satisfy the variety of interests in the sector.” 


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