Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made his first official visit to Chicago on Wednesday for the Italian Trade Agency's i3 Forum=Impact. Innovate. Integrate. at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center.
"It is an honor to host Prime Minister Renzi here in the city of Chicago and to celebrate our enduring partnership with Italy when it comes to being a center for jobs and innovations in advanced digital manufacturing," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "This forum not only showcases some of the results of our strong partnership ... but it will also strengthen the bonds between us, creating even more jobs and opportunities for manufacturers in Chicago and in Italy."
Fifteen of Italy's manufacturing innovators in the aerospace, automotive, energy and robotics fields met with more than 100 guests from American and Italian manufacturing companies to discuss the state of industry and anticipated trends.
The i3 Forum features displays of Italian innovation including the COMAU Racer3 Robot, the iCub humanoid robot developed at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Ducati motorcycle, 3-D printing devices from Fonderie Digitali and the ISSpresso, the espresso maker designed for the International Space Station (ISS) by Lavazza and Argotec.