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Highlights trade shows spring 2019

Why you should visit 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  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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Interpoma China Congress: a content-packed three days

INTERPOCHINA

The third edition of Interpoma China, held in Shanghai from 15 to 17 April, saw Interpoma crowned as a reference point for the apple sector, in particular due to the importance of the international congress “China and the Apple in the World&rdq ...

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Success for Prowinter 2019

PROWINTER

The 19th edition of Prowinter, B2B Days for Snow, Rental and Mountain Innovation, ended yesterday at the Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Center. With the 'Ski Rental Summit' the trade show underlined its character as a platform for the rental sector, the 'S ...

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Congress: three days devoted to the apple

INTERPOCHINA

A month before the third edition of Interpoma China, to be held in Shanghai from 15 to 17 April, the program for the International Congress “China and the Apple in the World” has now been finalized with contributions from Italy, Switzerla ...

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Start-up Village: A heart for innovation in winter sports

PROWINTER

Prowinter - B2B Days for Snow, Rental and Innovation - is once again on the lookout for innovative products and projects for winter sports with the Prowinter Startup Village. During the trade show, which will take place from 09 - 11 April 2019 at the ...

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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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Interpoma China Congress: a content-packed three days

The third edition of Interpoma China, held in Shanghai from 15 to 17 April, saw Interpoma crowned as a reference point for the apple sector, in particular due to the importance of the international congress “China and the Apple in the World”. Coordinated by apple-growing expert Kurt Werth, the recently ended edition was the venue for 12 presentations to an audience of over 250 delegates by speakers from China, New Zealand, Switzerland and Italy.

As Liu Mau Wah, president of the Joy Wing Wah Group, one of the largest Chinese fruit distributors, explains: “Apple producers are currently the largest community in China, with 70% producing the Fuji variety. Fuji have been grown in China for many years, but the market now needs new varieties, which represents a major opportunity for the apple sector. The Congress organized by Interpoma in China is very important, as its content makes it of great assistance to producers who can learn about the numerous technologies coming from the rest of the world”.

China is the world’s largest apple producer, with 41,390,000 tonnes of apples grown in 2017 on an area of 2.22 million hectares – but this is not all. Cheng Cungang of the Research Institute of Pomology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences National Apple Breeding Center, states: “According to the National Bureau of Statistics, between 2006 and 2017 the apparent consumption of apples in China increased from 25.12 million tonnes to 43.5 million tonnes, an increase of 70% in 11 years. With annual per capita consumption of 31.4 kg, total consumption in China represents over half the world market, with China now also the world’s leading consumer of apples”. His speech during the first day of the Congress aroused huge interest, giving a snapshot of the state of the apple sector in China while investigating the aspects to be improved in order to achieve specific development goals. “It is essential to promote a genuine transformation of the Chinese apple sector by means of a transition from traditional production methods to modern farming techniques. The aim is to make apple growing a rich and promising sector in which it is pleasant to live and work”, continues Cheng Cungang. “That means we need to reduce the use of resources such as water, soil, fertilizers, pesticides and labor; increase the use of technology and mechanization; respect the environment in a context of eco-sustainability; and increase productivity and therefore profitability. To accomplish this it is essential to raise awareness among businesses of the need to invest and believe in this future development”, he concluded.

Roger Harker, Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, made a presentation on the color, size, taste, texture and price characteristics that are most appreciated by apple consumers. He says: “Food quality is paramount. Fruit growers can control quality through the selection of cultivars, orchard management and fruit ripening at the time of harvest. The value of apples for the consumer is defined by the relationship between quality and price”.

The congress program also included speeches by Kurt Werth, with an overview of apple production in Russia and Asia and a report on how the introduction of chemical thinning can reduce manual work. Matteo Bartolini of the Italian Confederation of Farmers (CIA) addressed the issue of organic farming, presenting data and development trends in European Union countries, with Claudio Sedivy of Wildbiene and Partner, Switzerland, focusing attention on the importance of bees and the pollination process for apples. The new requirements for the protection of apple trees in China were at the center of the presentation by Zhou Zongshan of the Plant Protection Center, Research Institute of Pomology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; while Cherry Li, agronomist in the Chinese company Netafim, presented the applications of fertigation technology in apple orchards.

The theme of varietal innovation was the focus of the final day, with presentations by Walter Guerra of the Laimburg Research Center in South Tyrol, Italy and by Cong Peihua, Director of the Apple Breeding Department of the National Apple Industry Technology System, China. Alberto Dorigoni from the Edmund Mach Foundation in Italy and consultant Stefan Nicolodi respectively spoke about modern farming systems for apple trees and the latest techniques in the nursery sector. 

The next encounter with the world of apples will be in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy, with the twelfth edition of Interpoma, scheduled to run from 19 to 21 November 2020.

Success for Prowinter 2019

The 19th edition of Prowinter, B2B Days for Snow, Rental and Mountain Innovation, ended yesterday at the Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Center. With the 'Ski Rental Summit' the trade show underlined its character as a platform for the rental sector, the 'Startup Village' presented eight young companies with fresh ideas for winter sports. 230 exhibitors and 5,600 trade visitors as well as numerous winter sports stars used the three-day trade fair with its top-class awards as the setting for a festive end to the 2018/2019 winter season.

"The atmosphere in the exhibition halls was quite positive," says Thomas Mur, Director of Messe Bolzano. "It is always a pleasure for us to observe intensive discussions with customers at the booths. Prowinter is simply 'the' meeting place at the end of the winter sports season. To keep things that way, we have brought the most promising ideas for tomorrow's winter sports to the show with the Startup Village and, with the Ski Rental Summit, brought together the key players in the rental sector on the subject of 'rental of the future'.”

Awards 

For many years Prowinter has provided the framework for the awards of the most successful athletes of the Italian Winter Sports Federation FISI, the C.S. Carabinieri and the young talents of the Energiapura Children Series. During the three days of the fair, Prowinter 2019 once attracted a lot of winter sports stars such as Dominik Paris, Dorothea Wierer and Sofia Goggia at the Prowinter Forum.

Ski Rental Summit

After the opening edition in 2018, the second Ski Rental Summit in 2019 attracted around 90 players from the rental sector to the Meeting & Event Center Südtirol Alto Adige. Prowinter Lab, the rental observatory initiated by Prowinter, exclusively presented the current figures for the sector and outlined the continuing, albeit somewhat slower, growth of the sector compared to the previous year. In 2018/2019 a total of 861 active rental companies were counted, 22% of which are located in South Tyrol; 48% of skiers in Italy equip themselves in rental shops.

The presentation of the figures was followed by two round tables between rental companies, manufacturers and winter tourism experts on safety & training and the future of rental. "Rental shops and manufacturers must and will talk much more to each other - for the benefit of the end user, who depends on the quality of our products combined with your competence,"  Corrado Macciò, President Pool Sci Italia and General Manager Head Italy, summed up in his response to a rental shop owner from the Aosta Valley. 

The Ski Rental Summit 2019 can boast two concrete results: Over the next few weeks, with the support of Assosport, a working group will be set up to optimise cooperation between manufacturers and rental shops of winter sports equipment; at the same time, a 'Decalogue' will be drawn up for rental customers, involving the participants in the Summit, with the aim of raising awareness of quality criteria in rental. 

Startup Village

In its own Startup Village, Prowinter, in cooperation with Whataventure, Brennercom and Plank, offered eight selected young companies from all over Europe the opportunity to present their innovative products and services for winter sports. After two pitch sessions, a prominent jury of eight selected the Belgian startup Snowvision with its tailor-made ski goggles for eyeglass wearers as the winner. The second winner, Bobsla from Austria with an electric sled, was chosen by the public this year. Both winners can look forward to a stand at Prowinter 2020. 

Exhibitors’ voices

Christian Thaler, CEO Wintersteiger Italy and long-time exhibitor, was satisfied with the course of Prowinter 2019: "For us the participation at the fair was positive! There was a little less activity than last year after the record season at that time, but the quality of the visitors was right for us this year. Our large new stand was definitely worthwhile, the customers had plenty of space to test our machines". 

Hansruedi Ammann from Mountain Slope also drew a positive balance of his second participation in Prowinter:  "Our stand was perfectly positioned for us, we had a lot of movement and interested visitors at the stand, were able to make great new contacts and are sure that there will be a lot more to come in the aftersales business".

The next edition of Prowinter will take place from 7-9 April 2020 at Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Center.

 

Congress: three days devoted to the apple

A month before the third edition of Interpoma China, to be held in Shanghai from 15 to 17 April, the program for the International Congress “China and the Apple in the World” has now been finalized with contributions from Italy, Switzerland, China and New Zealand

The third edition of Interpoma China, to be held in Shanghai on 15th-17th April 2019, is fast approaching and the program has now been finalized for the traditional International Congress “The Apple in the World”, a successful format that Fiera Bolzano has decided to export to China. Coordinated by expert Kurt Werth, the 2019 edition of “China and the Apple in the World” will provide an overview of production, distribution and marketing in the apple sector, giving both the international perspective – with contributors from Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand – and the Chinese view with university professors and researchers from China. 

Programme

From 9.30 am to 12.45 on the first day, Monday, 15th April, Kurt Werth – a consultant and expert in apple breeding from South Tyrol, Italy – will give an overview of apple production in Russia and Asia; Cheng Cungang – Research Institute of Pomology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Apple Breeding Center – will then focus on the development of the apple sector in China; Roger Harker – Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand – will talk about the color, size, taste and price of apples; finally, Matteo Bartolini – CIA (Confederation of Italian Farmers) – will address the subject of organic farming, particularly the innovations in the European Union.   

On Tuesday 16th April the session will be opened by Claudio Sedivy of Wildbiene and Partner, Switzerland, with a speech on the importance of bees and the pollination process for apples; he will be followed by Kurt Werth, who will explain how the introduction of chemical thinning can reduce manual work; new requirements and development trends in the protection of apple trees in China will be the focus of the presentation by Zhou Zongshan of the Plant Protection Center, Research Institute of Pomology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The second day will conclude with Cherry Li, agronomist at the Chinese company Netafim, who will talk about the applications of fertigation technology in apple orchards. 

The final day, Wednesday, 17th April, will open with the theme of varietal innovation, presided by Walter Guerra of the Laimburg Research Centre in South Tyrol, Italy; Cong Peihua, Director of the Apple Breeding Department of the Chinese National Apple Industry Technology System, will present the progress made in breeding in China, while Alberto Dorigoni of the Edmund Mach Foundation, Italy will speak about modern farming apple cultivation systems. The Congress will close with consultant Stefan Nicolodi, who will speak on the topic of nurseries. 

Interpoma China 2019 will thus run from 15th to 17th April: it has this year changed location and will be held in Shanghai with Fresh Logistics Asia, Asia’s first event focused on the logistics of fresh and super-fresh produce, organized by Messe München Shanghai. The official partner of Interpoma China is WAPA, the World Apple and Pear Association, which has since 2001 represented the major producing countries for apples and pears throughout the world. 

Start-up Village: A heart for innovation in winter sports

Prowinter - B2B Days for Snow, Rental and Innovation - is once again on the lookout for innovative products and projects for winter sports with the Prowinter Startup Village. During the trade show, which will take place from 09 - 11 April 2019 at the Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Centre, five young companies will have the opportunity to present their promising ideas to the jury and the public. Applications can be submitted up to 28 February 2019 at http://www.fierabolzano.it/prowinter/startup-village.htm.

The world of winter sports and mountaineering is constantly changing as a result of the development of new technologies and materials; innovative products often provide impetus for the entire sector. To keep its finger on the pulse when it comes to innovations, Prowinter launched the first Startup Village in 2016 – a competition exclusively dedicated to young entrepreneurs and their projects. 

Prowinter 2019 offers young companies this opportunity again. Startups can apply to participate in the Startup Village in three different categories of innovations: Services or products for rental services, products for mountaineering itself, i.e. clothing, equipment, as well as technology and innovative solutions for mountain tourism. 

The five selected start-ups will have the opportunity to meet hundreds of potential customers during the three days of Prowinter and present their projects on the main stage of the trade show. At the end of the presentations, the expert jury will select two winners who will be awarded a booth at Prowinter 2020. This will make it easier for them to gain a foothold in the industry. The Prowinter Startup Village is organised by Fiera Bolzano in cooperation with WhatAventure, with Plank and Brennercom as partners. 

At the Prowinter Startup Village 2018, the Icelandic company Hallas was one of the winners with an innovative first-aid stretcher lighter than conventional models. In addition, they can be folded up, making their use on the mountain and in difficult terrain much easier. 

Together with Hallas, the German company Bluebird Mountain also received the award for the innovative PowderBuddy: A product for skiers, snowboarders and anyone who moves in potentially avalanche-prone areas. PowderBuddy is a foldable drone that is carried in a launch tube on the backpack. In case of danger, the user pulls a rip cord, PowderBuddy is catapulted out of the tube, the drone unfolds and is visible from afar above the avalanche.


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.

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