International Companies

Connext is Confindustria's first industry partnership meeting event in Italy. A 2-day companies exhibition and networking opportunity focusing on the key drivers of economic and sustainable development. In the innovative venue of MiCo, Milano Convention Centre, Connext will be the platform for shared value creation, where Confindustria's ability to connect and to offer vision and growth potential to enterprises will be made available at first through virtual networking and then by bilateral business meetings, in a dynamic and stimulating context.

A large business community where companies can play a leading role through corporate presentations, latest products and services showcase and demonstrations, projects and business opportunities. Connext is about connecting companies.

The World at Connext
Connext will be open to companies from: Germany, Morocco and Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania).

In collaboration with:

Target sectors: Circular Economy, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Mobility


In collaboration with:

Target sectors: Smart Manufacturing, Sustainable Development, Circular Economy, Nutrition, Smart Cities


In collaboration:

Target sectors: Nutrition, Circular Economy, Digitisation of Services, Smart Manufacturing, Infrastructures, Tourism

Marketplace and matchmaking for companies

Companies from Germany, Morocco and Eastern Europe are welcome to attend Connext for free. They will be assigned a dedicated space to hold the b2b meetings with the Italian companies. They can access the exhibitor show floor and they can participate to all the workshops and panel discussions in the program during the two days event. Companies’ registration to Connext will give access to the B2B Matchmaking Platform, to directly meet Italian counterparts.

In view of the 2-day event in Milan and until December 2019, this virtual marketplace will be open to companies for:

Registering and entering the company profile presentation, all made available online to registered participants;
Viewing all other registered profiles;
Identifying possible partners, among the registered Italian companies, for matchmaking;
Requesting, Accepting or Rejecting B2B meetings with the Italian companies during the 2 days event in Milan;
Consulting the online meetings agenda;
Receiving updates and notifications on post-event activities (follow-ups and customer satisfaction survey).

Smart manufacturing
Metropolitan areas as drivers for development
Sustainable development on a local level
Humans at the heart of progress

Confindustria has identified four thematic areas to best express its growth and development vision:

Smart manufacturing

Smart manufacturing is innovative, sustainable and interconnected. This sector has integrated Industry 4.0 "enabling technologies" into production processes, creating a connected system in which machines, people and information systems interact to create innovative products, services and work environments. Smart manufacturing aims at improving the quality of products and processes and manage the entire production cycle, from design to customer satisfaction. Integrated services, logistics and distribution have become strategic variables to rationalise the production process and better meet the needs of the end customer.

Metropolitan areas as drivers for development

Today, cities are becoming the driving forces behind global economic and social development: urban areas produce over 60% of Gross Domestic Product and consume almost 90% of resources. Metropolitan areas therefore represent the ideal base to face challenges related to energy, urban regeneration, environmental services and mobility.

Sustainable development on a local level

Sustainability is one of the key drivers affecting policies, innovation and investments. It is a challenge that companies must face head-on in order to meet the needs of our new society. On a local level, this challenge can become an opportunity to carry out projects to modernise the transport system, logistics and infrastructure, to protect the area, to ensure an increasingly efficient use of resources and to enhance the landscape and cultural heritage of a country.

Humans at the heart of progress

Anything related to people, from new needs to basic necessities, represents a driver of development for many industrial sectors. Through research, innovation and the use of new technologies, industries have found wide opportunities to develop and invest in new products and services in many different areas, including fashion, nutrition, training, health and life sciences.


Who Can Attend

Connext is an industry partnership meeting event open to all companies falling in the target sectors.

Why Attend

Meet Potential Business Partners through the B2B Matchmaking Platform.

Why Exhibit

SHOWCASE your products, equipment and services to highly-targeted industry professionals
BENEFIT from the B2B Matchmaking Platform to find the right business partner

GAIN exposure for your product or service
BUILD Relationships with Prospects
EDUCATE attendees on your products or services
EXPAND your business network into Italy


The location of companies will depend on the type of booth selected:

  • Companies that select the free "Expo B2B Station" will be positioned in the area dedicated to foreign delegations and will have a table for B2Bs.
  • Companies that purchase an "Expo Booth" will be positioned within the thematic area of interest indicated during the purchasing process.

No, foreign companies will have B2B meetings exclusively with Italian companies.

Yes, they will have to request a pass directly to the organizers at the e-mail address