Stable exports but the sector is still waiting for the major programme designed to tackle hydro-geological risks.
The first quarter of 2015 saw sales on the Italian market of 1,605 units of construction machinery, an increase of 19% compared to same period in 2014. In detail, sales of earth-moving machinery came to 1,556 units (+16%) and road building machinery to 49 units (+390%).
“First quarter results,” says Paolo Venturi, President of Unacea, “confirm the trend already seen last year. However, we must remember that 80% of sales were lost over the last seven years, so this resumption of growth must be appropriately stimulated and encouraged. To this end, Unacea continues to seek more effective action to tackle hydro-geological risks which is urgently needed all over Italy. We are also waiting for the three-year plan for public works announced by the new Minister of Infrastructure, Graziano Delrio, with the hope that you this will stimulate a few good projects, implemented to perfection by using latest-generation technologies developed in an industry that still does not receive the necessary promotion.”
In 2014, according to Istat data processed by Unacea, exports of construction machinery were worth 2,460 million euros, representing a downturn of 1% on an annual basis. The most significant setback was sustained by drilling machines (-19%); exports also feel for concrete equipment (-6%), road-building machinery (-4%) and earth-moving machinery (-1%). On the other hand, there was growth in exports of inert aggregate machinery (+19%) and tower cranes (+17%).
Imports were worth over 545 million euros, up by 25% compared to 2013. The balance of trade is remains in the black by more than 1,914 million euros but posted a 7% setback on an annual basis.
|Reference period: January - March 2015|
|Construction machinery||1st quarter 2014||1st quarter 2015||%|
|Dozers||data not available||4||data not available|
|Backhoe loaders c/w 4 wheel steering||9||9||0%|
|Fixed backhoe loaders||19||8||-58%|
|Articulated backhoe loaders||3||6||100%|
|Compact skid steer loaders||94||84||-11%|
|Compact track-laying skid steer loaders||64||51||-20%|
|Total EARTH-MOVING MACHINERY||1.342||1.556||16%|
|Total ROAD BUILDING MACHINERY||10||49||390%|
|Total CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY||1.352||1.605||19%|
Source: Unacea - National Union of Construction Equipment & Attachments Companies