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The new Steel area at the “Leonardo da Vinci” National Museum of Science and Technology, set up in collaboration with the Arvedi Group, has been inaugurated.

The exhibition allows us to discover why steel is so important in our daily lives, how it is absolutely one of the most recyclable and re-usable materials and how, as in the case of the Arvedi Group, technological innovation has allowed significant steps to be made in the direction of environmental sustainability.
“It has been an honour for me to collaborate in setting up the Steel Area together with the ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Museum which once again has confirmed its excellence in our country. The new Area is a testimony to the innovative production cycle of our steelworks in Cremona. Bur what counts most”, commented Giovanni Arvedi, President of one of the leading international steelmaking groups in its sector, “is to show thousands of visitors to the Museum, above all the many young people, what it means to produce steel: a mix of history, technology and the use of materials which is extraordinarily fascinating. Whoever visits the new Area immediately feels they are entering steel’s life cycle: from its production to its many uses, to arrive at scrap, a precious recycling material which gives new life to a product which is truly essential in modern life.”

“Iron and all its alloys, but above all steel, have a leading role in the Museum, not just because of the important technical, scientific and social turning points linked to this material, but also because the Metals collection brings together some of the most important objects in the Museum’s collection”, pointed out Fiorenzo Galli, General Manager of the National Museum of Science and Technology. “We are pleased to inaugurate this new permanent area today to tell of innovation through an outstanding case which is wholly Italian. The Museum is also experimenting here a new use of technology applied to the exhibition which becomes an integral part of what is on display, making the visit an even more enthralling experience. On a theme as complex as that of steel’s life cycle, the new area allows the visitor a unique and exciting view which otherwise would be granted to only few people.”

Interactive exhibits, historical and highly advanced objects complete the spectacular journey into its manufacture from scrap, the discovery of the properties and applications of a material which has revolutionized the world and has itself evolved, all inserted into a scenographic and multimedia arrangement to allow us to “immerge” ourselves into the world of steel.

Inside the exhibition area, steel comes to life in a non-conventional way on high-definition screens, offering visitors an even more fascinating and interactive experience.
The sculptor Helidon Xhixha has donated one of his works in stainless steel and this has been placed at the entrance to the room. “The combination of Art and Innovation is a subject of real value: culture is an essential value for the business world, and above all a moment which shapes the individual.” “From this point of view technology allows an important wealth of knowledge to be made accessible to everyone, creating that link between tradition and innovation which drives progress. The story of steel and the aspects linked to its transformation through innovation reflect the history of creativeness to achieve advanced products able to improve people’s daily lives.”

Tough, durable and recyclable. Steel is not on the periodic table but it invades our daily life. From the workshops of the first craftsmen to large-scale industrial automation, the curator of the museum Francesca Olivini accompanies us on the discovery of the historical and technology evolution of this material and its properties.