The new Acimall Board of Directors

The annual meeting of ACIMALL, the Italian association of manufacturers of woodworking machines and accessories, has elected the new directors for the three-year period 2022-2025. The following members join the council: Giorgio Casati from Cmachines; Roberto Ghizzoni from Dierregi; Stefania Maggi from Maggi Technology; Pierluigi Paoletti from Paoletti energy. The vote of the Assembly confirmed the Director for another term Aldo Zaffaroni from Mario Zaffaroni and Sons.

The president will sit until June next year Luigi De Vito from SCM and Vice -President Marianna Daschini af Greda; in June 2023, the associated companies will be encouraged to renew or reaffirm on the basis of a misalignment of the timing to ensure the continuity of the management body’s work.

The assembly greeted and thanked the outgoing directors for their contribution to the development of the association’s activities Umberto Pizzi af Pizzi of pgs, eg Filippo Pellitteri of TWT.

Budget approved 2021-2022 unanimously, the chairman of ACIMALL, after recalling the purpose of the association, born in the now distant 1966, reiterated the exceptional character of recent years for the whole planet and the many, all too often dramatic knots that need to be resolved in the near future. “ONE turning point two years also for our association, which should appeal to every resource to remain vital and proactive, in order to provide adequate responses to companies in moments of extreme uncertainty “, said De Vito.

A two-year period full of great satisfaction on the economic front, with one production Italian machinery and tools for woodworking, which reached 2.5 billion euros, with a growth of 36% compared to 2020 and 11% compared to 2019. export (1.7 billion euros, plus 30% in 2020 and plus 10% in 2019), and sales of inner marketequivalent to 790 million euros, with a growth of 52% in 2020 and 15% in 2019.

inimports (244 million euros, 59% more than in 2020 and 21% in 2019) and consequently also Apparently consumption of Italy, exceeding the one billion euro milestone (+ 54% in 2020 and + 16% in 2019). Also very positive trade balancewhich amounted to 1.5 billion, ie 27% more compared to 2020 and 8% more compared to 2019.

“The growth that has followed us over the last two years is not only based on the ‘incentive component’, which more than anything else determined a temporal concentration of investment decisions, but also on a clear structural recovery that brought the market back to normal lines of development, ”De Vito continued.

“Looking at current events, we can first of all say that the Russian-Ukrainian crisis has led to a limited decline in our exports for now. Overall, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus absorb a negligible share of Italian exports in the sector, which can be estimated at around 5% of the total, the president added.

Optimism, therefore about others futurealthough the supply difficulties and issues related to the conflict, as well as the possible resumption of the covid pandemic, could again destroy the cards. ‘It is reasonable to believe, however that at the end of the year, the Italian production of woodworking machines and tools could mark a new all-time high, ”said De Vito.

The chairman of Acimall then summarized the activities of Promoting the sectorthe association’s priority task, which is performed with financial and organizational contribution from ICE Agencythe initiatives implemented through Confindustria, The CFI Industry Exhibition Committeeparticipation in Federmacchine it is at Eumaboisthe Association of European Associations of Manufacturers of Technologies for the Wood and Furniture Industries, of which Italy, through De Vito, holds the Vice-Presidency.

A reference to the fair could not be missing Xylexpoan initiative that forms the heart of all ACIMALL activity, an instrument to which the association dedicates most of its commitment “, said De Vito. “XYLEXPO will be held from 12 to 15 October next, in halls 22 and 24 of Fieramilano Rho, opposite those occupied by BI-MU, so that there is maximum permeability with respect to visitors. Two separate fairs in one big event dedicated to production technology “.

“Despite the lack of two major groups, one Italian and one German, I can confirm that the two pavilions dedicated to Xylexpo are complete in any case: we have an occupied area of ​​almost 18,000 net square meters with 250 exhibitors. With this area exclusively occupied by technology, Xylexpo will – in all probability and after all – remain the largest trade fair dedicated to the sector, taking place in 2022 ”, De Vito emphasizes.

The Acimall president then ended the speech with words inviting the assembly to one Necessary reflection: “Acimall is our common home, a purpose-built association which – in order to achieve the goal of representing and promoting the sector – requires the active participation of all of us”. “An association lives if those who join it contribute their experience and presence; it is an opportunity to discuss with each other, to confront each other, to define a common horizon, to ‘create a system’. Otherwise, it is a service company, but in this case it reacts to market logics that are not in the spirit of an association and certainly were not the intentions of the founders, ”concluded De Vito.

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