A journey to discover the mobility of the future, accompanied by today’s specialists. This, in a nutshell, describes the next Futurmotive - Expo & Talks, the event organised by Autopromotec scheduled from 16 to 18 November 2023 at the Bologna Exhibition Centre, all dedicated to topics such as energy and ecological transition, innovations and sustainability in the aftermarket and automotive sectors.
But what do we mean when we speak about the mobility of the future? Depending on who you speak to, the answers multiply almost uncontrollably: the risk is that of pointing to an out-of-focus and distant horizon, neglecting the fact that many of the innovations in terms of products and services, but also in terms of how we can envision the future of mobility, already have a rather defined outline. Consider, for example, alternative fuel vehicles, which, despite not enjoying a significant share of the Italian market at present, represent a reality we will all have to deal with (a hot topic indeed as 2035 looms on a not-too-distant horizon with many knots still to be unravelled). Or think of all the applications that artificial intelligence is already finding within our vehicles, including the potential of increasingly connected vehicles, and so on.
So, the challenge set by Futurmotive - Expo & Talks is precisely this: to represent, through the innovations showcased by exhibiting companies, the future of the automotive sector, building a path that goes right through its entirety. A path that starts with car designers, car makers and producers of new materials and goes on to producers of new technologies and components, reaches the increasingly significant sector of repair and assistance networks, involves manufacturers of hi-tech garage equipment, and terminates with the segment of alternative fuel systems - which includes all the technologies available today, from electric, to hydrogen up to synthetic fuels and biofuels. An opportunity for all operators to get in touch with a scenario that, sooner or later, will be the new normality, and the benefits of doing so in a shared space that brings together all the divisions of an already complex automotive industry.
However, in-depth discussions at Futurmotive do not end in the aisles within the exhibition halls or the many stands of the participating companies. Institutions, opinion leaders and international companies will in fact take turns on the Futurmotive Talks stage to discuss and share their views on some of the key issues for the future of the sector, in discussions chaired from time to time by important names from the national press. Space will therefore be given to the debate on a macro theme such as decarbonisation, the equally central theme of data and cybersecurity, new energy sources and the transformations that the ecological transition will impose upon the labour market. Everything revolves around a key word, sustainability! Thinking of a sustainable future is paramount, in the broadest sense of the term: ecological, economic and social.
Tyres: Futurmotive turns the spotlight on new technologies
Futurmotive - Expo & Talks could not fail to have a space – also physical - dedicated entirely to tyres. And, since the focus of the event is new technologies and sustainability, the main themes of the dedicated conference will revolve around the circular economy and retreading technologies. Two key events for the sector, organised in collaboration with Retreading Business, will take place on 16 November: one is an international event called “The Future of Tyre Retreading and Recycling Conference”, which will be followed by much anticipated Recircle Awards ceremony, an event that rewards excellence and innovation in the tyre retreading and recycling sectors in terms of sustainability and contribution to the circular economy, now in its third edition. It should also be noted that the event will also host the annual meetings of AIRP and Bipaver, the Italian and European tyre retreaders' associations.
In Hall 19, a large exhibition area will be set up to showcase all the new technologies affecting the entire tyre supply chain, from the latest generation of new products to the most innovative tools and equipment, from retreading to ELTs, in which companies and consortia dedicated to these activities will display the latest innovations in the field of chemical recycling and technologies for recovering secondary raw materials. In the same area, which will see, among others, the important presence of Michelin, space will be dedicated to RFID technology applied to both tyres and workshop equipment – something that makes it possible to connect the tyre to its surrounding ecosystem to be uniquely identified and monitored, the potential of which has already been showed at Autopromotec 2022.