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Antonio Marcegaglia to Siderweb: “Steel industry as master of the digital revolution”

 

Interviewed by the online magazine Siderweb, Chairman Antonio Marcegaglia talked about the current steel industry context and the “Industrial plan for Italy of competences” proposal, signed by the Minister for Economic Development Carlo Calenda and Uil general secretary Marco Bentivogli.
Antonio Marcegaglia, first of all, reaffirmed the importance of the “digital revolution” in the steel sector, which is “the centrality of skills development”, as progress of an already started process on the workers “with increasing abilities, that qualify our operators almost like ‘white-collar workers’ for the type of preparation and expertise needed to manage the degree of automation achieved by our plants.”
Raising skills is also a fundamental factor in responding to future crises. The training project dedicated to top and middle management, started in cooperation with LUISS university, is moving forward, Chairman Marcegaglia adds, “I would like to extend this initiative and give birth to what I would like to become our Marcegaglia Academy.”
Regarding the competitiveness of Italian companies and the boosting of the steel sector, Antonio Marcegaglia points out that both on the energetic front and on the labour market important steps have been taken in the right direction, which I hope will not show a reversal after the next political elections.” The recovery in investments, connected to the favourable economic situation, also found an answer in the incentive initiatives by the Italian government, that implemented them in advance of other European countries such as France.”
Regarding energy issues, Chairman Marcegaglia believes that aligning the support of companies working in the gas industry with those energy-saving activities provided for by the National Energy Strategy “could be an important step.”
With regard to international trade, Antonio Marcegaglia thinks that “the approach of being in favour of Free Trade and Fair Trade is now shared. The idea of correcting trade distortions, also linked to the new interpretation of the tariff policy by connecting them to social inequalities and to all forms of direct and indirect subsidies are anomalies to be corrected.”
The full interview is published in Siderweb on 31 January 2018.