A CartonWrap machine, which packs customer orders in tailor-made cardboard boxes, is displayed at a factory of Italian packaging company CMC Srl in Citta di Castello, Italy. — Reuters CITTÀ DI CASTELLO, Italy: Amazon’s new recruit comes from a medieval walled town in central Italy and can box and seal at least 600 items of different shapes and sizes every hour. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. That recruit is the CartonWrap, brainchild of CMC, a small firm that is just one of 630 Italian companies making automated packaging machines – one of Italy’s fastest growing industries, raking in nearly 8 billion euros in 2018, or about a quarter of the world market. Machinery is Italy’s top export, worth almost €50bil (RM234.25bil) last year and a rare bright spot for a stagnant economy plagued by low productivity and high unemployment. And leading the pack is – automated packaging – growing nine times faster than the economy as a whole, according to the trade association UCIMA. “We doubled our turnover in the last three years and I think we will double it again in the next three years,” said CMC chief executive Francesco Ponti. His father, Giuseppe, a tec...