Acimall: a new board

Published July 19, 2022

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. They enter the council Giorgio Casati (Casati Macchine; Marnate, Varese), Roberto Ghizzoni (Dierregi; Carpi, Modena),Stefania Maggi (Maggi Technology; Certaldo, Florence) e Pierluigi Paoletti(Paoletti Energy; Borgo Valbelluna, Belluno). The vote of the Assembly confirmed the Director for another term Aldo Zaffaroni (Mario Zaffaroni and Sons; Turate, Como).

The president will remain in office until next June Luigi De Vito (SCM; Rimini) and Vice President Marianna Daschini (Greda; Mariano Comense, Como) when 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 (Pizzi by PGS; Borgosesia, Vercelli) e Filippo Pellitteri (TWT; Rovereto, Trento).

Voting operations closed one morning, with the unanimous approval of budget 2021-2022 by Acimall, following reports by President Luigi De Vito and Treasurer Umberto Pizzi; a consensus that has actually ratified the entire Council’s activity, summed up by President De Vito in his report.

That President of Acimall – recalling the aims 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, however, full of great satisfaction on the economic front, with one production of machinery and tools for woodworking, which amounted to 2.5 billion euros, with a growth of 36 percent compared to 2020 and 11 percent compared to 2019. export (1.7 billion euros plus 30 percent in 2020 and plus 10 percent in 2019), and sales at inner marketequivalent to 790 million euros, with a growth of 52 percent in 2020 and 15 percent in 2019. import (244 million euros, 59 percent more than in 2020 and 21 percent compared to 2019) and consequently also apparent consumption Italy, which exceeds the one billion euro milestone (plus 54 percent over 2020 and an increase of 16 percent over 2019). Also very positive trade balancewhich amounted to 1.5 billion, ie 27 percent more in 2020 and 8 percent more in 2019).

Luigi De Vito he then pointed out “… How our sector has actually excellently overcome this two-year period of serious difficulties: 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 “, without neglecting a mention ofRussian invasion of the Ukrainian territories: “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, estimated at around 5 percent of the total; exports, which otherwise appear to be continuing, albeit with a significant slowdown caused by the current embargo, which gradually expanded with the adoption of the various sanctions packages ”.

Optimism towards 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. “However, it is reasonable to believe – he said De Vito that at the end of the year, the Italian production of woodworking machines and tools could mark a new all-time high “.

The Acimall President then summarized the activities in promotion of the sectorthe association’s priority task, which is performed with financial and organizational contribution from ICE Agency; the initiatives that have been implemented Confindustria, CFI Industry Trade Fair Committeeparticipation in Federmacchine (the union that brings together all the associations of instrumental mechanics in which President Acimall also sits) and of 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 Xylexpo, “… the initiative that forms the heart of all Acimall activity, the instrument to which the association dedicates most of its commitment”, he said Luigi De Vitowho added: “Following the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the health crisis, we have launched a new exhibition project that sees Xylexpo take place together with Bimu, the international trade fair dedicated to metalworking machines, robots and automation. Two different trade fairs in one big event dedicated to production technology A choice that for us has led to a change of date and exhibition pavilions. Xylexpo will be held from 12 to 15 October nextin pavilions 22 and 24 of Fieramilano Rho, opposite those occupied by Bimu, so that there is maximum permeability with respect to visitors. Xylexpo will be smaller than before and could not count on the participation of two large groups, an Italian and a German, a circumstance that I can not fail to mention. A shortcoming that I hope will remain limited to this issue, which is still taking place in a particular climate of uncertainty. Much will depend on the results of the year. I can also confirm that the two pavilions dedicated to Xylexpo are complete in any case: we have an occupied area of ​​almost 18 thousand net square meters with 250 exhibitors. With this area exclusively occupied with technology, Xylexpo will – in all probability and after all – remain the largest trade fair dedicated to the sector to be held in 2022.

The Acimall president then ended his speech with words inviting the assembly to one necessary reflection: “Acimall is our common home, a purpose-built association that – 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 participate in it contribute with their own 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 in the intentions of the founders ”.

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