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Young Dutch entrepreneurs guests of Confindustria Modena and System Group

The young members of Koninklijke Metaalunie met Confindustria Modena “junior” group for an international networking and visited a symbol of a mechanical engineering company in the cluster

At the beginning of October a senior Dutch delegation of Koninklijke Meetaalunie (the largest Dutch employers’ organization for small and medium-sized enterprises focused on the metal industry) was invited by the president of Confindustria Modena Valter Caiumi.

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Last week it was the time for the junior entrepreneurs to come to Modena, who were warm welcomed by the founder and president of System Group, Franco Stefani. After having visited his company, the Dutch delegation went to the Balsamic Vinegar Museum in Spilamberto. Finally, they met the representatives of Confindustria Modena “junior” group, Alessio Balestri and Elena Manfredini.

In Fiorano, where the headquarters of System Group are, Franco Stefani told them about the history and strengths of his company. Focused on internationalization already since the early Seventies, nowadays System Group covers the global market with subsidiaries in 25 countries in the world, 1.500 employees and a turnover of approximately 500 million euro. «Our basic philosophy is really simple: we don’t make what the market requests, neither do we wait for the products to be requested. Doing everything in advance is far better, this is what I personally believe», Mr Stefani said to the young audience.

During the visit the Dutch delegation, composed by 30 people in representation of 21 companies, was particularly struck by the high level of organization and automation.

«If we think about the volume of export to Netherlands, Modena is ranked fourth among all the Italian provinces. We are a dense mechanical area with unique and distinguishing features in terms of innovation, expertise and internationalization», highlighted Alessio Balestri and Elena Manfredini.

«We didn’t know how similar we are», said Jarno Laman, Jong Management secretary. «We have a lot in common: the presence of small and medium family-managed enterprises, the generational turnover within them».

The Jong Management of Koninklijke Metaalunie is made up of entrepreneurs between 18 and 35 years old, who manage companies registered with their “mother association”. The above-mentioned meeting was the last step of a mission that took place between Modena and Bologna.

(30 novembre 2015)
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