Published on : Wednesday, February 26, 2014
According to Acimall in the 4Q 2013, the Italian industry of wood and wood-based materials technology achieved a 4.8% increase compared to the same period of the previous year. Foreign orders grew by 7.3%, while the domestic market decreased by 5.7%. The book of orders is at 2.2 months, while prices have been growing by 1% since the beginning of the year. In the October-December 2013 period, turnover increased.
Based on the indications of the sample companies, the quality survey gave the following results: 36% indicated a positive production trend, 41% stable and 23% decreasing. Employment is considered stationary by 91% of the sample and falling by the remaining 9%.
Available stocks are stationary according to 55%, decreasing according to 41% and growing according to the remaining 4%. The forecast survey outlines possible short-term industry trends. There is moderate optimism about foreign markets, supported by order figures. The attitude towards Italian customers is waitand- see: foreign orders will record growth in the next quarter according to 36% of the sample, while they are expected to stay at the same level according to 59%. The remaining 5% expects a drop (balance is plus 31).
The outlook on the domestic market indicates a decline according to 13% of the sample, while 73% expect domestic sales to remain stable. 14% of companies predict shortterm growth (balance is plus 1).
Acimall, the association that represents the most important Italian manufacturers of technology, automation, machinery, tools, and accessories for processing wood and wood-based products.