09.11.2010 News: Saie 2010 has ended on a positive note: 1% more professional visitors and over 6,800 foreign operators, the same as last year

A sign of optimism and of belief that innovation is the real key to relaunching the industry. A belief shared by Saie, which this year placed integration among complementary fields of knowledge at the centre of its presentations.

Saie 2010 was the proof of what is being accomplished: 1,500 exhibiting companies - including 302 foreign - presented their most innovative products and ideas to professionals from all over the world, with sustainability one of the themes shared by the many new features of this edition.

Saie at the service of internationalisation
The building industry is also being relaunched by the increasingly active presence of Italian and European companies on rapidly growing markets. This is why SAIE, in cooperation with the Institute for Foreign Trade, the Emilia Romagna Region, and the Ministry for Economic Development, organized a full programme of visits by foreign delegations from nations most involved in building large infrastructural works. Thanks to many productive meetings, the near future will bring excellent business opportunities.

Energy efficiency: The engine for recovery
The second SaieEnergia Report, written by Cresme for Saie and presented on the first day of the exhibition, described the energy consumption scene in Italy with specific reference to the building industry. The industry is very "energy-hungry": 46.9 million tonnes of petroleum-equivalent fuel were consumed in 2009 (28.6 million for the residential sector and 18.3 million for the service sector) - up 3.5% compared to 2008. On the other hand, the renewable energy sector can significantly reduce its role in problems linked to pollution, resource consumption, and greenhouse gas emission. The SaieEnergia Report presented data on energy production from renewable sources according to National Energy Audit and Eurostat estimates. According to the National Energy Audit, renewables accounted for 10.7% of gross internal consumption in 2009 and 8.9% in 2008; according to Eurostat, the level of renewables was 6.8% in 2008. Regardless of the reference data, even if renewable sources still contribute only moderately to gross internal consumption, it is important to emphasise that they represent the largest quota of energy generated in Italy (mainly from hydroelectric sources). In addition, there are excellent prospects for wind and solar power thanks to new installations in 2009 and 2010.

Twelve plazas as idea hatcheries
The "Plazas" initiative, one of the new features of Saie 2010, was a great success. Twelve plazas located in the Halls and focusing on specific themes (energy, wood, envelope, sustainability, brick, flooring, renovation, worksite, software, doors & gates) were meeting points for industry professionals, who presented and discussed ideas for the industry's future. A large number of workshops and seminars (an essential initiative in these difficult times) dealt with all of the themes that directly and indirectly concern the industry.
Cuore Mostra plaza has always been Saie's cultural landmark event. This year, awards were presented to the most innovative products from the last 7 editions, gathered as part of Saie New and judged by a panel of editors of trade publications. Further confirmation of the importance that Saie gives to innovation, both for individual companies and for the entire building industry.

"We are extremely pleased with the results achieved," declares Fabio Roversi Monaco, chairman of BolognaFiere, "and with signals coming from contractors. A Saie with renewed contents and format has closed today. BolognaFiere worked hard for this important change, giving the industry an even more strategic event in terms of increased competitiveness and identification of new business opportunities."

Next edition: Saie 2011, Bologna, from 5 to 8 October 2011

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