Machine tools, robots and automation saw double-digit increases in 2021

2021 was a decidedly positive year for the Italian machine tool, robot and automation manufacturing industry, which recorded double-digit increases for all key economic indicators: production, exports, domestic supplies and consumption.

With these results, the Italian industry in the sector has once again reaffirmed itself as one of the most important players on the international stage. In particular, it was fifth in the production rankings, losing a position ahead of the US, fourth among exporters and fourth among consumers, climbing a position compared to last year. In 2022, despite the climate of general uncertainty, the positive trend will continue decisively. For this reason, the Italian sectoral industry should set new records for most of the indicators.

As shown by the forecasts prepared by the Ucimu Business Studies & Culture Center, the growth trend in 2022 will continue decisively. By 2022, production will amount to 7,150 million euros, 13% more than the year before, marking a new record in the history of Italian industry in the sector. Consumption will grow to a record value of 5,670 million euros (+ 13.2%), which will drive deliveries from domestic producers, which will reach a new record and reach 3,520 million euros (+ 12,3%). Imports will also increase to a value of 2,150 million euros (+ 14.7%). Exports will grow to DKK 3,630 million. (+ 13.6%), and thus return to the level 4 years ago (2018).

Barbara Colombo, President of Ucimu – Systems to produce said: “Today we live in a paradoxical situation: Italian producers are full of orders like never before, but they are only able to produce part of the orders collected between the end of 2021 and this first half of 2022. And if scarcity and rising commodity prices pose a declining problem, we will continue to have difficulty finding electronic components in the coming months. with the staggering increase in energy costs, a phenomenon that stimulates inflation and has a direct impact on production costs in many sectors upstream and downstream of the supply chain we operate in. For this reason, we believe that all interventions that on the one hand, the aim of finding new energy sources and, on the other hand, limiting the disproportionate growth in prices are fundamental to avoiding the blockage of production activity next autumn “.

To these problems comes the great uncertainty caused by the profound transformation affecting the automotive sector and all the enormousness that has been induced in relation to the goal set by the EU to put an end to the production of Vehicles with endothermic internal combustion engines. In Italy, we have a strong and well-established tradition in car manufacturing, which includes not only the production of vehicles but also the production of components, mostly manufactured by small and medium-sized enterprises present in the supply chains of the automotive industry worldwide, to to start from Germany. We ourselves sell machine tool manufacturers about 50% of the national production to the automotive industry. This huge macro-sector represents a legacy that must be preserved, also because it is the fruit and expression of Italian knowledge and know-how. For this reason – said the President of Ucimu – we absolutely do not want to oppose the change, we ask you only to balance the interventions correctly and define an agenda with a reasonable timing, which also allows the transformation of the facilities, which by force, will have to to orientate itself on new productions and alternative sectors, and which ensures the associated vocational training “.” On the other hand, the Italian machine tool industry is extremely sensitive to the issue of green production, and in fact the transition 4.0 is present in the latest generation of production technologies the answer to the need to provide solutions and systems that are able to guarantee a sustainable approach to production. The modernization of “Officina Italia” was initiated and supported by the 4.0 incentives that have been in place for more than five years, but the digital transformation of the factories and the expansion of production capacity must continue “.

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