Fiera di Vicenza, 10th - 12th February 2018

The green light this morning for HIT Show at Vicenza Exhibition Centre, invaded from the early hours by a host of hunting art enthusiasts. Waiting to welcome them were 380 companies over a 41,000 m² area and a programme of events dedicated to hunting, target sports and hunting dogs. 

At the opening meeting entitled Italians and firearms: between production and possession, organized by Italian Exhibition Group and ANPAM, Executive Vice President of IEG, Matteo Marzotto, greeted the onset of the Show:

“With determination, a sense of market and attention to the content offered to our customers, we are at the service of production chains while being alien to any political or strictly topical opinions. Some delicate topics are dealt with here, with moderation and intelligence. IEG is doing an excellent job and it will be making every effort to offer business opportunities to companies as well as a quality trade show product for its visitors throughout the year. Not at all costs, but with enormous seriousness because this is a trade show leader in Europe and the companies represent that Italy which is looking to the world markets with a key role in mind." 

The Managing Director of IEG, Corrado Facco, spoke about the consistency of the HIT Show: “We are continuing to grow, by about 14% in 2018. The stands are getting bigger and the quality of the exhibition is becoming higher, just as our capacity to welcome so many visitors into the Centre is improving. It is a success that generates a valuable economic spin-off into the territory, something that is not to be underestimated, considering that, in the first 40 days of 2018, the Centre has already staged two consistent events in this respect.”

During the HIT SHOW opening event, Italian Exhibition Group also announced HUNTING SHOW SOUTH,  a new Show specifically for the central and southern regions. On 7th to 8th April, the elegant and functional Tarì Centre in Marcianise,  between Caserta and Naples, will be hosting hunting and target sport lovers. The initiative is part of IEG's policy to fully meet the needs of the market of reference and the interests of the companies. On Monday, 12th, the first edition of Hunting Show South will be presented to the traders.

At the opening ceremony this morning, ANPAM provided an update of the sector's economic figures, the result of a study carried out by the Faculty of Economics at the "Carlo Bo" University in Urbino, coordinated by professors Fabio Musso, Marco Cioppi, Barbara Francioni and Ilaria Curina.

In Italy the manufacturing of firearms and munitions for civil, sport and hunting use is worth 7.293 billion Euros, corresponding to 0.44% of the GDP, employing 87,549 people, that is, 0.56% of the total Italian workforce and 0.69% of those employed in the manufacturing and tertiary industries. Firearm and ammunition production has increased by 19% compared to 2010, driven by exports which  registered 90.3% (+6.3% compared to 2010).

"The study scientifically quantifies the value of the firearms and munitions industry," said Stefano Fiocchi, President of ANPAM, "which is an authentic leader in the industrial panorama, an expression of Made in Italy manufacturing, driven by exports. It is a healthy industry which is growing in terms of value, employment and productivity and the foreign market acknowledges this by continuing to consider us as their point of reference. The only figures with a  minus sign regard the Italian allied activities market linked to hunting and sports. We only need to align the Italian system to that of the other European countries to give further lifeblood to the sector, which, by the way, has been affirming its international leadership in the production of firearms and munitions for sport for decades. In the last four editions of the Olympic Games, of the 63 medals awarded in the various shooting specialities, 61 were won with Italian rifles and 51 with Italian ammunition. Indisputable top quality products on a worldwide scale."

The Prize-giving Ceremony of the Degree Awards, organized by ANPAM and Italian Exhibition Group, followed the conference. 

Tomorrow will see the highly popular HIT Dog Show with the best hunting dogs. Hall 4 will become a spectacular "parade" for our four-footed friends in the 41st National Dog Show of Vicenza CAC (Certificate of Attitude to Championship) only for groups 7-8- 10. Taking the spotlights will be those belonging to breeds of dogs linked to hunting in its various forms. Not just a simple national show but "Special Shows" that will allow only the very best to win the essential title for obtaining the Italian Champion of Beauty and Social Champion of Beauty and Conformity to the Standards diplomasThe staging of this magnificent dog parade is organized in collaboration with the Circolo Cinofilo Vicentino (Vicenza Dog Circle).

Sport is also playing a leading role at HIT Show with the participation of Italian Team Champions. The conference on  promoting sports will take place tomorrow at 10 am in Giotto B Room. Guests of honour will be Roberto Di Donna, gold medallist at Atlanta 1996 in the P10 and currently the Uits coach for the young, Jessica Rossi, gold medallist at London 2012 in Women's Trap, Alessia Iezzi, winner of the World Cup final in 2017. Also intervening will be Sergio Carella and Adriano Lonardi (Fitav), creators of the “Linea Verde-Target shooting in schools” project, Felice Buglione, (President of FIDASC), Antonio Perrone and Eugenio Fasulo, President and Vice President of the Italian Dynamic Shooting Federation. Event organized by Armi e Tiro in collaboration with IEG.

At 11.30 am in Hall 7.1 Tiziano B Room, Assoarmieri will be holding a legal-themed conference entitled “Legitimate defence and legitimate possession of firearms: a balance to be defended. Important sector authorities will be fathoming the legal-scientific aspects of the legitimate defence theme: Prof. Gian Luigi Gatta (Milan University), Biagio Mazzeo (State Prosecutor at the Court of Lanusei), Emanuele Paniz (ballistics expert), Major Giuseppe Bertoli (Commander of the Vicenza Carabinieri Provincial Command Investigation Force) and Professor and Lawyer, Ugo Ruffolo. Chairing the meeting will be lawyer, Antonio Bana, President of Assoarmieri. 

The international Show for hunting, target sports, individual protection and hunting dogs, organized by IEG - Italian Exhibition Group, will continue until Monday, 12th February, at the Vicenza Exhibition Centre. 

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