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Metalco CPD factory tour in Northern Italy 2019
Our annual Metalco CPD Factory Tour in Northern Italy took place in May, this educational and inspirational weekend of events centres around giving the attendees a better understanding of the benefits and importance of Street Furniture, which is often overlooked and a last minute afterthought in urban planning.
The weekend included a tour of our Italian partners Metalco’s state of the art facility. We are taken through the innovative manufacturing processes that are utilized to deliver products of the highest quality - this is a key part of the weekend that gives the architects a rare insight and understanding of materiality and production techniques.
An informative presentation and preview of what’s to come from Metalco followed. We learn of an emphasis moving forward from Metalco to integrate technology into their street furniture to meet the demand for Smart Cities though the use of 3D printed models, an area they are currently excelling in with a recent IF Design Award for their Edge Bench.
Metalco also display a very progressive approach to environmental issues, the tour revealed a priority of the reuse and recycling of all off cut raw materials to ensure waste was kept to an absolute minimum.
Also most impressively is the Factory’s use of renewable energy to power the whole facility, which was revealed after the presentation, they raised the blinds to reveal the rooftop of the factory completely covered in a solar array.
Along with the factory tour the group were wined and dined and enjoyed guided tours of Castelfranco, Venice, as well as the traditional Grappa museum visit.
If you’re interested in joining us for our 2020 trip please apply via our CPD page HERE
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