Construction machinery and equipment: Italian market up in the first quarter

Over the first three months of 2016, 1,977 construction equipment sales have been put in the Italian market, with an increase of 29% compared to the same period of 2015. By analyzing sales results, figures consisted of 1,879 earthmoving machines and 76 road machines

The growth recorded in the first quarter confirms the observation made last year, the Italian market seems to have chosen the recovery path – says Paolo Venturi, president of Unacea -. However, we are facing very low figures if compared with the pre-crisis level. The expectations and the climate of business confidence are advantageous, especially in the residential and infrastructural construction industry. The risk is that expectations will not be fulfilled, cancelling any benefit both for industry and market. This is the reason why we continue to ask the government for a greater intervention policy on the infrastructural development of the country. We continue to ask the local authorities the implementation of clear rules on the use of the more obsolete machines too often employed in the own public works. Finally, we demand a radical change of the outlooks of our industry made by the credit system, that continue to consider in a conservative or negative way companies in the sector of construction industry”.

 

Less optimistic the export trend that in January 2016 have reached € 135 million, with a loss of 11.6% compared to last year. In greater details, only the export of road equipment increases (+12%), stationary the export of tower cranes (-0.2%), while is negative the trend of the other product lines: crushing and screening equipment (-31.5%), earth moving machines and attachments (-8.6%), concrete equipment (-7%), drilling equipment (-4%). Import up 2.7% (€ 36.7 million) while the trade balance decreases by 15.5% but maintains a surplus of more than € 98 million.

 

CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY
IN ITALY
(units sold)
Reference period: January - March 2016
Construction machinery 2015 2016 %
Dozers 4 5  
Crawler excavators 264 362 37%
Wheel excavators 19 28 47%
Wheel loaders 136 175 29%
AWS backhoe loaders 9 9 0
Rigid backhoe loaders 8 28 250%
Miniexcavators 905 1,091 21%
Skid steer loaders 84 132 57%
Compact track loaders 51 63 24%
Articulated dumpers 9 4 -56%
Total EARTH MOVING MACHINES 1.489 1.897 27%
Total CONCRETE EQUIPMENT 4 4  
Compactors 21 45 114%
Finishers 28 31 11%
Total ROAD MACHINES 49 76 55%
Total CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT 1,538 1,977 29%

 

Source: Unacea - National Union of Construction Equipment & Attachments Companies

 

Founded in 2010, Unacea is the trade association open to all Italian construction machinery companies. It currently represent than 75% of turnover by the entire Italian earth moving and concrete machinery and equipment field.
Unacea is a member of CECE, the Committee for European Construction Equipment, which brings together national associations in 14 countries representing about 1,200 companies, for turnover of about 23 billion euros and 130 thousand direct employees.