MILAN, ITALY –Italian woodworking machinery production in 2012 reached a value of 1,571 million Euros, a 7.5 percent decrease compared to 2011, reports Acimall, Italy’s woodworking machinery and tools' manufacturers association. The substantial decrease confirms the decline recorded in recent years -- a period characterized by demand levels that do not allow the Italian industry to fully leverage its production capacity, the association said. “Italian technology production might gain much more success and achieve higher values, but weak demand does not allow [us] to start a new virtuous cycle,” Acimall stated.
“Another clear evidence is the fragility of the domestic market, whose trend has influenced and will influence the achievements of the industry,” the association continued: “488 million Euro apparent consumption of ‘made in Italy’ companies processing wood and wood-based products,” which is 13.7 percent lower than in the previous year. Imports also stopped at 130 million Euros, minus 16.5 percent compared to 2011. “In 2012, import accounted for 26.6 percent of national consumption, a relevant figure, with a clear predominance of entry-level solutions for low value-added processing, or high-technology and innovative machinery,” Acimall noted. The export trend can be defined as “basically stable:” in 2012, Italy sold machinery for 1,231 million Euros all over the world, down by 3.7 percent compared to 2011.
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