Over the first six months of 2014, sales of construction equipment in the Italian market have been 3,134, with an increase of 16 per cent compared to the previous year. ( 3,095 earthmoving machines (+16 per cent) and 39 road machines (-7 per cent). Paolo Venturi, president of Unacea said: “After six years of crisis, which have progressively reduced the Italian market of construction equipment up to 80 per cent less, this increase is not surprising us at all and it is just related to the fleet’s obsolescence. Anyway, we are quite far from a stable and long-lasting recovery.”
Unacea forecasts the value of the Italian production around 2,500 million of euro in 2013, that is 52 per cent less than the peak of 2008 (5,216 million of euro). The Italian industry of construction equipment and attachments directly employs about 6,000 people, with related industries employing another 30,000. In 2014, Unacea foresees a weak increase between 2 and 4 per cent.
In the first four-months period of 2014 exports of construction equipment have reached 765 million of euro in value, growing of 2 per cent on year basis. Exports of road machines are particularly positive (+16 per cent); but also grow the export of crushing and screening equipment (+8 per cent), concrete equipment (+6 per cent) and earthmoving machines (+3 per cent). Export of tower cranes remains stable, while decrease the export of drilling machines (-14 per cent).