The main Parma-based 4.0 manufacturing event now in its 18th edition sees the creation of a spinoff event at Bari’s Nuova Fiera del Levante Exhibition Centre, from 28th to 30th November 2019, showing the Mediterranean Basin the intelligent factory future. Southern Italy is hot on the heels of 4.0 industry and manufacturing companies have shown steely resolve in embracing digital transformation. According to the MECSPE Observatory, the path towards digitalisation has greatly or significantly transformed more than 5 companies out of 10, in a context in which digitalisation has been implemented to a considerable extent (45.1%), entirely (39.2%) or in a few areas only (11.8%). A growth process which now more than ever requires opportunities for training and debate among companies so that they can embrace all assets congenial to competitiveness and which MECSPE, the first ever Italian event dedicated to the 4.0 Manufacturing sector promoted by Senaf, will provide by inaugurating a new edition of MECSPE in Bari, scheduled to take place from 28th to 30h November 2019, at the Nuova Fiera del Levante Exhibition Centre. The aim is for it to become the reference event for central-southern Italy and the Mediterranean basin, for the development of innovation and 4.0 themes, interfacing with the traditional Parma-based event, now in its 18th edition (Fiere di Parma, 28-30 March 2019). Maruska Sabato, MECSPE Project Manager – declares: «Companies in southern Italy are also reacting in a positive and determined manner, showing a strong inclination towards the digital and technological transformation of production processes. They are aware that the 4.0 approach is a necessary condition for keeping up with increasingly exacting and changeable demand. The 4.0 Digital Factory initiative will demonstrate the crucial role 4.0 production technologies are playing in different sectors and applications in the manufacturing industry. Focus will be on the following topics: advanced processing technologies, connectivity and tools for small enterprises, collaborative robotics, product development according to the 4.0 method, product and process simulation, traceability, predictive maintenance, additive manufacturing, 4.0 logistics.