SaMoTer 2020: Entries Now Open for 23rd Innovation AwardsSaMoTer, the international exhibition dedicated to construction machinery, will once again promote technological evolution and research during the run-up to next edition scheduled at the Verona Exhibition Center March 21-25, 2020. The closing date for entries in the 23rd Innovation Award is October 28, 2019. The event now boasts more categories to ensure even better representativeness of the sector, as well as the debut by a day of appointments with the trade press and a focus on design. 

Construction companies, official representatives or importers, research institutions and bodies, universities and professionals active in the world of construction and building site machinery may all take part.

There are ten competition sections: hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, track-laying bulldozers, skid-loaders, backhoe loaders, graders, telehandlers, attachments, software applications and installations.

The award rules require that machines, equipment or prototypes are genuine innovations or improvements in the company production ranges and that they will make their absolute debut on the Italian market in 2020.

The self-loading mobile mixer (DB X35 BIG BAG) by Fiori Group Spa was awarded the Innovation Award in 2017. © Foto Veronafiere-ENNEVI

The self-loading mobile mixer (DB X35 BIG BAG) by Fiori Group Spa was awarded the Innovation Award in 2017.    
© Foto Veronafiere-ENNEVI 

The jury, chaired for the first time by technical journalist Costantino Radis, will assess innovative investments such as solutions for energy efficiency, production optimization, elimination of ergonomic or operator safety problems and sustainability in the construction and use of machines. Not to mention applied design that, as of this edition of the SaMoTer Award, will see the assignment of a special prize.

“The earth moving machinery sector,” said Radis, “is evolving towards even more digitization and we therefore envisage that this aspect will also play a central role in the proposals entered for the competition. The by-now very near future of this market will be focus on process control and vehicle efficiency, including remote control thanks to 5G networks or, in particular situations, work in full autonomy exploiting artificial intelligence.”

The winners of the competition will later be the main features of the “B2Press” initiative, which includes an awards ceremony in Verona, Italy on the evening of January 23, 2020. On January 24, the winners will have “speed date” meetings with journalists from the international trade press to talk about and promote their product.