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Change is part of our existence on this planet.

We need to provide answers and invent new scenarios for a sustainable and inclusive future.

Interview with

Alberto Vacchi

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IMA Group

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todayPublished on: 17 Jun 2020
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We live by trying to stay balanced on a treadmill, which, in my vision, represents time passing and the world that is constantly changing around us and inevitably within us. Nothing stands still, no power or will can stop the forces of change affecting nature, the economy, society and relations between people. 

However, without acting and reflecting, that I prefer to leave to philosophers, it is sufficient to think about biological evolution to remember that change, which in fact is the ability to adapt to the various conditions that follow, is the same reason that life on the planet succeeds.

To keep using the examples that nature offers us, it is difficult to think that in a temperate region, there was a time when everything was covered by ice, and where today, with global warming, the perennial glaciers are melting. I think about the achievements of our species, in a journey that lasted millions of years, defending themselves from the cold to survive, and then those made to defend themselves from the heat or rain. 

Conditions change but our ability to adapt, our ability to evolve, remain the reason for our existence on the planet. We are still here precisely because we have had a great capacity to adapt to the changing conditions.

The evolutionary process is the answer that puts us in balance with change, knowing how to respond to what changes around us is the main force to resist and to confirm our need for a better life on our planet.

These days I think about how, in a short time, the pandemic caused by the Coronavirus is changing the world, relations, logistics, even politics and the economy. But I see the future with optimism, by relying on our ability to react, to put new tools in place, new discoveries that will once again allow us to respond to a drastic change that has imposed itself on our lives.

My keywords on the great theme of change are: ability to evolve, reactions to improve our conditions, opportunity… to do better and to grow.

After all, doing our job as industrialists also means adapting to new conditions and to the new questions that our end users ask us on a daily basis.  The demand arises from new needs and new requirements, perhaps from the extension of new rights that require increasingly high performance production processes in order to be satisfied.

Also designing and manufacturing more and more performing and intelligent automatic machines is a way to respond to inevitable changes that must also be experienced at their best thanks to the ability to give answers.

In response to our tendency to be conservative, to be afraid of what is changing, in a world that is increasingly populated and increasingly subject to rapid change, we will have to neutralise our ability to give answers and invent new scenarios for a sustainable future in which there is room to grow without losing the ability to be supportive.

Alberto Vacchi

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IMA Group.

Born in Bologna in 1964. Law graduate and entrepreneur, he has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of IMA S.p.A. since 1996 and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2007.

He was Chairman of Unindustria Bologna for the 2011-2015 period and led the project that in 2017 contributed to the establishment of the Confindustria Emilia Area Centro, of which he was Chairman until April 2019. He is a member of the Regional Council of Confindustria Emilia-Romagna and the Bologna Business School. He is President of the Liceo Steam International in Bologna. He was President of the Energy Consortium from 2004 to 2010.

He received the Leonardo Qualità Italia Award 2015 for innovative development and IMA’s consolidated international presence.

He was named Cavaliere del Lavoro in 2018.