Industry orders went up 21.2% in 2Q/2016, according to Acimall, the Italian woodworking machinery and tools manufacturers’ association. The upward trend is driven by export sales where orders went up by 17.2%. Domestic demand is also positive (+30.4%) although the industry is still recovering from poor sales during the economic crisis.
“The Italian market is growing at satisfactory rates, but we are still far from pre-crisis levels. Abroad, instead, we are already back to pre-2008 volumes and everything suggests that this trend will endure,” commented Dario Corbetta, Acimall director.
However, the positive trend for Italian technology is more relevant for larger organisations, added Corbetta. “Our companies need to find a way to work together, to integrate, because only with bigger operations can they effectively approach new markets that offer real opportunities in this economic season”.
On the whole, turnover variation was 9.9% compared to the first quarter of 2016: The order books cover a period of three months, while prices have recorded 1.4 change since January.