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Italian Ceramic Machinery Industry: Mixed Picture for 2012

According to preliminary 2012 year-end figures unveiled by ACIMAC (Italian Ceramic Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers’ Association) Studies Centre, the Italian ceramic machinery industry has suffered a fall in turnover with respect to 2011.
The slowdown in world growth is prompting cautious forecasts for 2013. The Italian ceramic machinery and equipment manufacturing industry is set to end 2012 with a small fall in turnover after the strong performance in the first six months of the year was offset by second-half falls. Preliminary year-end figures published put the sector’s turnover at around EUR 1600 million, 8,6 % down on 2011 but in any case 15,4 % higher than in 2010. In 2012 the best performances were again recorded in international markets, which continue to account for more than 80 % of total turnover. However, the slowdown in growth during the last few months of 2012 is alarming business leaders. “Since September we have been seeing a widespread downturn in the various world markets,” commented ACIMAC’s Chairman Fabio Tarozzi. “The dynamism displayed by several countries is offset by the slowdown in a number of longstanding export markets such as Iran, China, India and Brazil. On the one hand, this makes us aware of the fact that future investments in technology in the various countries worldwide will be Italian. On the other, it spurs us to pursue ongoing innovation in spite of the lack of support from our institutions,” concluded Tarozzi. (1/2013)

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