Danieli, an Italian multinational corporation headquartered in Buttrio (Udine), is one of the world leaders in the construction of iron and steel ‘turnkey’ plants. The Italian company was awarded a 160 million euro contract for the construction of a tender in the new industrial plant located in the Bekabad iron and steel complex in Uzbekistan on the border with Tajikistan. The complex will manufacture hot rolled steel. Danieli is already engaged in another project for the supply of machinery for cold rolled steel for the cold mill complex in Tashkent, a hundred kilometres or so from Bekabad. On the occasion of a ceremony during which the first brick of the new plant was laid, Uzbekistan’s President, Shavkat Mirziyoyevsi, expressed his satisfaction for the awarding of the contract to the Italian company, in recognition of the high technological level of our manufacturing industry, especially in a sector which is strategic for the development of the country. Moreover, President Mirziyoyevsi said he wished this to be only the beginning of a collaboration in the economic sector. The iron and steel complex in Bekabad, which dates back to Soviet times, employs 25% of the inhabitants of the district and represents 80% of the district’s industrial supply. “Uzbekistan has a strong industrial vocation,” said the Italian Ambassador in Tashkent, Andrea Bertozzi. He went on to say: “The country is engaged in expanding its productive structure with a view to acquiring a central role in regional trade processes. Italy can play a part in this country’s strategic modernisation project. To this end, top-level technology is necessary, which our country can certainly provide in many of the sectors that Uzbekistan considers a priority, from textile to agrifood, from energy to chemistry.” Data seem to confirm a positive trend (an increase in exports of nearly 50% in the first five months of the year is reported by Italy’s Trade Agency ICE) supported by the complementarity of the Italian supply of machinery and the Uzbek demand.