Italian ceramic technology sector announces income of 1.71 billion euro
Italian ceramic machinery manufacturers have again confirmed their global leadership with sector turnover climbing by 2.2 per cent, to 1.71 billion euro during the 2013 calendar year.
Exports propelled the machinery sector and now account for four-fifths of business in the industry. Overseas sales rose by 5.8 per cent, bringing the overall income generated outside Italy to 1.336 billion euro.
The geographical breakdown of sales shows that Asia (excluding China) acquired 16.2 per cent of exports with expenditure amounting to 221.1 million euro. Middle Eastern companies spent 213.7 million euro on Italian-made machinery, equivalent to 15.6 per cent of the total.
The European Union dropped to third place with regional sales declining by almost nine per cent. Africa performed extremely well – especially the north of the continent – with consumer spending surging to 200 million euro.
Next in the rankings was South America followed by non-EU Europe, East Asia and Oceania. China performed very strongly, with an annual increase of above 50 per cent, and total income exceeding 100 million euro.
The opposite trend prevailed in the home market, as Italian sales plunged by approximately ten per cent, standing at 348.3 million euro. This domestic regression is commonplace and affects every ceramic technology sector – tiles, sanitary ware, tableware and heavy clays.
The structure of the sector is almost unchanged with seven fewer ceramic machinery and equipment manufacturing companies (144) surviving to the end of the year. Job opportunities improved marginally, with 6049 employees engaged in the sector.
The division of companies on the basis of size was largely the same as 2012 with 55 per cent of concerns registering sales that failed to exceed 2.5 million euro. Twelve per cent of enterprises had turnover of greater than 10 million euro. The large companies are those with the highest propensity to export, reflecting the inversely proportional trend in terms of the impact on turnover compared to share of foreign markets.
“The opening stages of 2014 have been reasonably positive, leading to the hope that we will end the year with slight growth,” remarked ACIMAC chairman Fabio Tarozzi.
“Our flagship trade fair, Tecnargilla, will be held from 22 to 26 September, and this gives us more optimism. Tecnargilla will once again be the industry's biggest trade fair”, Tarozzi continued.
“It shows the trade that Italian companies are technological leaders and they are getting ready to preview their new processes and products at Rimini.”