Made in Italy manufacturing technology: an ever growing excellence
During this historic moment when various economic sectors are going through difficult times, there is good news for the Italian manufacturing technology world, which does not seem to be feeling the brunt of the crisis. Actually, on the contrary, those Italian companies which produce manufacturing machines, materials and technologies seem destined to grow during the course of 2012, in particular as far as exports are concerned, and so confirming their potential to emerge on the international markets.
This is the most obvious fact that has emerged from the recent sectorial Observatory, presented in Milan during the last edition of IPACK-IMA, the event dedicated to processing, packaging, material handling and package printing.
The research, carried out by Giampaolo Vitali (secretary of the business economist group Gruppo Economisti d'Impresa and lecturer at the Turin University) and involving 236 companies, which on the whole account for about 14,500 operators and which register a turnover of nearly 4 billion euros, highlights that the second half of 2011 (see table) closed with an estimated increase in turnover on the part of one third of the companies surveyed (34%), while 50% of those interviewed confirmed a stable trend and only 16% were registering a fall in business. Furthermore, one quarter of the firms (26%) involved in the survey registered an increase in exports, 64% a figure which is in line with the previous year and only 10% showed a drop in the foreign market trade. All of this was registered in the presence of a stability in employment confirmed by 85% of the companies.
The survey was carried out according to an original approach compared to the normal Italian industrial statistics, because it analyses the mechanics sector in a disaggregate manner according to the destination sector of the machinery (and not only with reference to the production related sector) and because it takes into consideration not only those companies which manufacture machinery, but also those that supply components, materials, packaging and semi-processed materials.
The result provides an analysis of the entire industrial sector split into nine business communities: Grain Based Food, Dairy Products, Beverage, Confectionary, Vegetables & Fruit, Meat, Hygiene&Beauty, Chemicals - industrial & home, Pharma.
In particular, in analysing the different sectors, the turnover of the second six months of 2011 has increased above all in the Beverage sector (41% of the companies have registered a positive result and a further 45% are at around the levels of the previous year), while exports have risen above all in those companies of the Vegetable & Fruit, Beverage and Grain based food sectors.
Regarding the expectations of growth in the first six months of this year, the outlook, overall, seems good, especially if compared with the general state of the economy. The balance is positive amongst those who expect a rise in turnover (28% of the firms) and those, who on the other hand estimate a fall (21%), while the absolute majority (51%) believes there will be stability. The forecasts regarding exports substantially highlight faith in the foreign demand, rather than in the domestic trade demand: only one tenth of the companies predict a fall in exports, while a quarter foresee a rise.
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