Woodworking machines, production exceeds pre-pandemic levels, and 2022 may set a new record

The Italian production of woodworking machines and tools reached a value of 2.5 billion euros in 2021 with a growth of 36% compared to 2020 and 11% compared to 2019: this is data from Acimall, the Italian association of manufacturers of machinery and accessories for woodworking.

Well export (1.7 billion euros, + 30% in 2020 and + 10% in 2019), and domestic salesequivalent to 790 million euros, with a growth of 52% in 2020 and 15% in 2019.

They are also growing import (244 million euros, 59% more than in 2020 and 21% compared to 2019) and consequently also Italy’s apparent consumption, which exceeds the milestone of one billion euros (+ 54% compared to 2020 and + 16% compared to 2019).

Also very positive trade balancewhich amounted to 1.5 billion, ie 27% more compared to 2020 and 8% more compared to 2019.

“It actually has our industry passed this two-year period of severe difficulty excellently: government incentives have undoubtedly played a significant role, without, however, distorting market trends. “The growth we are witnessing is not only based on the ‘incentive component’, which more than anything else has determined a temporal concentration of investment decisions, but also on a clear structural recovery that has brought the market back to normal lines of development,” he says. comments Luigi De Vito, President of Acimall.

As for the international situation, the sector is currently only slightly affected by the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine and the restrictions on trade with Russia and Belarus: the two countries actually absorb a negligible share of Italian exports of the sector overall, estimated at around 5% of the total. Exports, however, appear to be continuing, albeit with a significant slowdown caused by the embargo imposed.

Optimism regarding near future, although the supply difficulties and issues related to the conflict, as well as the possible resumption of the pandemic, could again destroy the cards. But, President De Vito stresses, “it is still reasonable to believe that at the end of the year the Italian production of woodworking machines and tools can score a new all-time high“.

The new Acimall board

The association is getting ready to meet the second half of the year with one new board, elected at its annual meeting. The new directors who will remain in office for the three-year period 2022-2025 are: Giorgio Casati (Casati Macchine, Marnate, Varese); Roberto Ghizzoni (Dierregi Carpi, Modena); Stefania Maggi (Maggi Technology, Certaldo, Florence) and Pierluigi Paoletti (Paoletti Energy, Borgo Valbelluna, Belluno). The vote of the Assembly also confirmed for a second term the Director Aldo Zaffaroni (Mario Zaffaroni and Sons, Turate, Como).

They remain in office until next June President Luigi De Vito (SCM, Rimini) and Vice President Marianna Daschini (Greda, Mariano Comense, Como) when associated companies will be called upon to renew or reaffirm on the basis of incorrect timing adjustments to ensure the continuity of the governing body; occupation.

The assembly welcomed and thanked the outgoing directors Umberto Pizzi (Pizzi by PGS, Borgosesia, Vercelli) and Filippo Pellitteri (TWT, Rovereto, Trento) for their contribution to the development of the association’s activities.

The voting operations ended one morning, when Acimall’s accounts for 2021-2022 were unanimously approved following the reports presented by President Luigi De Vito and Treasurer Umberto Pizzi. A consensus that has in fact ratified the entire Council’s activity, summed up by President De Vito in his report.

2022 edition of the Xylexpo trade fair

The association, thus renewed, is preparing2022 edition of the Xylexpo trade fair, the two-year initiative that forms the heart of al Acimall’s activity. Following the cancellation of the 2020 edition (due to pandemic), the event returns this year from October 12 to 15 with some important news.

Xylexpo, in fact, will take place with Bimu, the international trade fair dedicated to metalworking machines, robots and automation. Two different fairs in one big event dedicated to production technology.

Xylexpo will therefore take place as usual in the Fieramilano Rho location, but for this edition the fair will be hosted in halls 22 and 24 in front of those occupied by Bimu so that there is maximum permeability in relation to visitors.

Xylexpo is getting smaller than usual due to the absence of two major groups, an Italian and a German. Despite this, the pavilions that will host the fair are complete with 250 exhibitors who will fill the area of ​​18 thousand net square meters.

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