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Acimall reports “Extremely Positive” fourth quarter 2021

 Friday, February 18, 2022

Despite pandemic 2021 acted as a powerful driver for production in several industries across the woodworking and manufacturing sector. One of these is certainly the sector of machinery, plants, equipment and tools for wood and wood-based materials, which experienced a “stimulating” 2021 with a growth of orders that could hardly be imagined.

The October-December 2021 period was much “quieter” than the previous quarters, but still excellent: orders increased by 41 percent over the same period of 2020, resulting from a massive 60 percent growth on the domestic market and 38.6 percent increase on the international scenario.The other face of the coin is production, impacted by provisioning problems, price increases and delays in the supplies of raw materials and components, which might extend their effect well into the first part of the new year.

The quarterly survey by the Studies Office of Acimall (the association of Italian woodworking technology manufacturers) on a statistic sample of companies indicates that the orders book is equal to 6.1 months, a trend that had not been recorded for a long time.

More than positive results also for the quality survey, based on the answers of the interviewees, who indicated a positive trend (57 percent of the sample) or stationary (43 percent) trend of production.As you can see, no negative answers were given. Same trend for employment, which is expanding according to 57 percent of the sample and stable for 43 percent. Available stocks are stable according to 48 percent of the interviewees, increasing for 24 percent and decreasing for 28 percent.

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