Published On: Tue, Jul 15th, 2014

For Italian plastics and rubber machinery exports

Will this third consecutive month of rising exports be enough to give Italian equipment manufac-turers a much-needed injection of confidence?

For Italian plastics and rubber machinery exports

For Italian plastics and rubber machinery exports

To be sure, statistically speaking at least, we can now catch a glimpse of the long-awaited re-covery in production (or at least a reversal of the downward trend), propelled precisely by ex-ports which – as we well know – account for more than 65% of the Italian sector’s revenues.

The analysis by Assocomaplast (the Italian trade association, belonging to CONFINDUSTRIA, which groups together some 160 equipment makers) of the ISTAT figures for Italian foreign trade in the first quarter of this year in fact shows that exports are up by almost nine percent-age points compared to January-March 2013. Extruders and blow moulding machines, to name just two of the most significant categories, showed especially strong growth.

Contributing to this general rise in exports was the double-digit growth in sales to some key countries, first and foremost among which is China. Other noteworthy positive changes were those for sales of Italian technology to destinations such as the Czech Republic, Mexico, the United States, Russia, and Turkey.

Running counter to this positive trend, exports toward Brazil were down, while sales to India performed below average: +4%. Imports, meanwhile, continued weak – though to a lesser extent than in the previous months – reflecting a domestic Italian market that still hasn’t found its feet.

Italian imports-exports of machinery, equipment and moulds for plastics and rubber(January-March – 000 euros)

Import

Export

2013

2014

2013

2014

flexographic printing machines

4,505

1,822

17,425

17,794

injection moulding machines

13,103

15,772

28,793

23,957

extruders, extrusion lines

4,902

4,304

62,481

82,821

blow mouldign machines

967

2,408

27,623

36,166

thermoforming machines

647

2,304

10,078

15,886

presses, various

1,675

4,599

21,997

20,868

machinery for moulding or forming

2,426

1,764

31,579

37,096

other machines

16,488

15,855

115,035

107,782

parts and components

35,274

35,587

80,561

92,543

moulds

62,011

56,560

165,432

176,106

total

141,998

140,975

561,004

611,019