State of the Industry Report: Italian Earthmoving Machinery in 2017: Positive Trend for International Trade, Exports to Russia Recover

Over the first six months of 2017, 5,109 machines have been sold in the Italian market, up 6% compared to last year. In deeper detail, the sector of earth moving machines grows 6% with 4,910 machines sold, while road equipment increases by 9% (199 machines sold). 

"The Italian market continue to grow, albeit at a moderate pace – says Paolo Venturi, President of Unacea. The announced recovery of the real estate market should be a sign of an increasing confidence in the construction industry; however, political and economic instability remains a perceived concern, both from companies and foreign investors”.

According to the foreign market monitor of the Samoter Outlook, the international demand for Italian earth moving machines and attachments grows; export of this sub-sector, between January and July 2017, reached €359 million, up 9% on year basis. It is positive also the export of crushing and screening equipment (28%) and of road machineries (8%). Export of tower cranes remains stable, while the trend is negative for drilling machines (-31%) and for concrete equipment (-4.6%). Also import shows a positive trend with a growth of 14.5%, with €230 million in the first seven months of the year. The trade balance maintains a surplus of more than €585 million, but loses 3.4%.

Looking at regional trends, there is a recovery of the Russian market, whose trade exchange with Italy had undergone an abrupt slowdown, due to the deterioration of the international relations with the European Union. From January to July, the share of construction equipment export to Russia reached €18 million, up 47%. Same positive trend for India, which triples its share (+166%). Positive also the intra EU export (+12%), as well as export to Asia, Latin America and Oceania. However, export to USA, Middle East and North Africa declines.

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