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Metal Machinery 2020: The Greek Industry and the challenge of Industry 4.0

Rota SA and TEXPO are pleased to announce the launch of the second Metal Exhibition of Industrial Equipment, Metal Processing and Metal Processing Technologies 2020, which will take place at the Metropolitan EXPO Exhibition Center at the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport Exhibition Center from 13 to 15 November, 2020.

Given the unprecedented success of the first exhibition at the Metropolitan Expo in October 2018, Metal Machinery 2020’s aspirations are to raise the bar for success even further.

The exhibition that has already emerged as a benchmark for the industry will take place at an extremely positive time for the  Greek industry and there is already strong interest and demand. During Metal Machinery 2020 all the developments related to industrial equipment will be presented. Particular emphasis will be given to the challenges surrounding digital production and Industry 4.0, the current trend of automation and data exchange in production technologies, commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution. In this context, parallel events and workshops will be announced next year alongside Metal Machinery 2020.

Metal Machinery 2018, held in November last year for 3 days, attracted the interest of the dynamic manufacturing sector in our country. 103 high-profile exhibitors participated, giving thousands of visitors the chance to see up-to-date metal processing machinery and industrial equipment products. Significant B2B deals were closed at Metal Machinery 2018 and there was a strong demand for specialized solutions, especially in the areas of energy efficiency, process improvement and digital production.


METAL MACHINERY 2020, organised by ROTA SA and TEXPO SA, will open its gates from November 13 to 15 at the Metropolitan EXPO at the  Eleftherios Venizelos Airport.



“A dynamic restart for Greek industry”

Greek industry has a powerful presence and a promising future; it can constitute a pillar of development for the Greek economy by providing good quality and specialised jobs. That was the strong message from the first Metal Machinery 2018 exhibition of industrial equipment, production technologies and metal processing that closed successfully and has already become an institution for the technical and industrial sector.

The exhibition opened on Friday 9th and closed on Sunday 11th November at Metropolitan Expo, in the airport area, and attracted high level exhibitors and thousands of visitors who honoured it and promised to meet again in November 2020, at the 2nd Metal Machinery, with even more participants from Greece and abroad.

For 3 days, the 103 high level exhibitors gave thousands of visitors, including industrial and processing industry executives, craftsmen and production sector professionals, the opportunity to see the most modern metal processing machinery and industrial equipment.

Metal Machinery 2018 proved to be a significant B2B tool. Within the framework of the exhibition, significant business agreements were signed for the sale of high level industrial equipment to both large and small industrial units in Greece. During the exhibition, significant interest in and high demand for specialised solutions that increase productivity and competitiveness, and improve energy efficiency was noted.

For modern industry, research and innovation constitute a competitive advantage. Within this framework, the participation of the Manufacturing Technology Laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens at Metal Machinery 2018, was unique. Giorgos Vosniakos, Professor and Mechanical Engineering at the NTUO, MSc and PhD, stated that he considers their participation at the exhibition significant, given that it was an opportunity to present their practical market dimension, and also to meet with industry. Special presentations and seminars on the application of modern technologies and digitalisation in industrial processes were organised at the Laboratory’s stand with the participation of a large number of students.

The success of the exhibition is reflected in exhibitor statements. Vaggelis Gizelis, chairman and chief executive officer of Gizelis S.A. and Gizelis Robotics S.A. stated that “Greek manufacturers and importers of metal processing machinery and components made their presence felt at Metal Machinery. I can now smile because my expectation became reality.”

Vasilis Apostolou, chairman of the Panhellenic Association of Importers and Manufacturers of Machinery and Metal Processing and founder of PROMAK noted: “It is now a technological event. An exhibition that had never been held in Greece before. Amidst the crisis, I was really surprised by the success of Metal Machinery 2018.”

Fotis Karvelas, director of Fotis and Dimitris Karvelas OE, who has been involved in the metal machinery and processing trade for 50 years, stated that he was excited and positive about the future of the sector.

Metal Machinery 2018 was supported by SEKEM (Panhellenic Association of Dealers and Manufacturers of Metal Processing – Cutting – Welding – Machinery) and held under the auspices of Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA), the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEP) and the Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce (KEEE), while Moisiadis Publications (machine tools, Cutting-Forming-Welding), Moulding magazine and Plant magazine were communication sponsors.




The Greek metal industry’s trade show returns on 9-11 November

The restarting of domestic production and the goal for a 12% share in the national economy by 2020, create new opportunities and reveal significant potential for growth and investment in the Greek manufacturing sector.

Within this framework, the METAL MACHINERY 2018 trade show is making a dynamic comeback and allowing suppliers and customers to get a first-hand look at all the latest developments in metal processing, industrial equipment and new production technologies.

Innovative solutions that will enhance competitiveness and access to new markets and products, as well as new trends such as digitalization and smart manufacturing, are expected to draw visitors’ attention.

The trade show is addressed to all industrial sectors, metal working, steel, iron, aluminium, electrical engineering, energy, electronic, ship-building, the automotive industry, refineries, etc.

Exhibitors will have the opportunity to meet representatives of industrial groups, manufacturers, production engineers, technical directors, design engineers, quality managers, buyers and R&D specialists, and present them the products and solutions that they can offer.

METAL MACHINERY 2018 is pleased to announce the special participation of the Laboratory of Technology and Processes (School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens), which will present options for service provision using state-of-the-art techniques, while also introducing the laboratory’s research through characteristic applications that can lead to innovative products and services.

The top companies on the Greek market, representing more than 300 Greek and foreign firms, have committed to attending the trade show, which aims to become a point of reference for the restarting of Greece’s industrial sector.

METAL MACHINERY 2018 is organized by ROTA SA and TEXPO SA, and will run from the 9th to the 11th of November at Metropolitan EXPO, at Eleftherios Venizelos airport.

METAL MACHINERY 2018 is supported by SEKEM (Hellenic Association of trading companies, manufacturers of metalworking, cutting and welding machines) and is under the auspices of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EVEP), and the Central Union of Chambers of Greece (KEEE).

Finally, it is noted that free transfers to the trade show will be arranged from more than 15 Greek towns and cities. For your convenience, visitor pre-registration is now available at

Communication sponsors: Εργαλειομηχανές magazine, Κοπή-Διαμόρφωση-Συγκόλληση magazine, Moulding, Plant

A major industry trade show returns to the Greek market!

Metal Machinery exhibition of metal working machinery and technology & industrial equipment returns to the Greek market after a 10-year absence.  ROTA S.A. and T EXPO are the organizers of the exhibition, under the support of the SEKEM association (Hellenic Association of trading companies, manufacturers of metalworking, cutting and welding machines).

Metal Machinery exhibition will become the center of developments for the entire metal working, industrial equipment and industrial subcontracting market.Metal Machinery exhibition will take place 9-11 of November 2018 at the Metropolitan Εxpo center, the largest and most functional exhibition, conference and event center in Greece. It is located at the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos.

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