ASSAGO, ITALY – Despite Italian woodworking machine sales falling 3.7 percent in 2012, a feared “disaffection” of foreign markets has not occurred. In the final period of lasy year, there was slight improvement of Italian woodworking technology worldwide, according to import/export figures processed by Acimall, the association of Italian manufacturers of woodworking and furniture manufacturing machinery and plants.
The European Union remains the top customer, with 524 million Euros; the top position is taken by Germany, which was Italy’s best customer in 2012 as a result of a strong domestic market that is investing in technology.
Consolidating its position was Poland, a country where Italian companies have a strong foothold and interesting trends. Spain continued its downward trend, it was one of Italy’s key customers before the crisis, with sales exceeding 100 million Euros, while in 2012 it stopped at just above 24 million Euros.
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