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.
|Reference period: January - March 2016|
|AWS backhoe loaders||9||9||0|
|Rigid backhoe loaders||8||28||250%|
|Skid steer loaders||84||132||57%|
|Compact track loaders||51||63||24%|
|Total EARTH MOVING MACHINES||1.489||1.897||27%|
|Total CONCRETE EQUIPMENT||4||4|
|Total ROAD MACHINES||49||76||55%|
|Total CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT||1,538||1,977||29%|
Source: Unacea - National Union of Construction Equipment & Attachments Companies