Italian woodworking and furniture production up by 4.6% in 2022

2022 is closing with another positive result for the machinery, equipment and tools for the woodworking and furniture industry in Italy. Total production reached a value of Euro 2.646 billion, up by 4.6% compared to the previous record in 2021, according to Acimall, the association of Italian manufacturers of woodworking and furniture industry technology.

The trend of export was substantially stable, amounting to Euro 1.757 billion (plus 1% over 2021), with domestic market sales at 889 million euro, as much as 12.1% above the excellent result of last year, marking a new record also for these categories.

Import increased too (Euro 257 million, plus 5.3% over 2021), driving the trade balance to a positive result by Euro 1.5 billion, more or less the same value as in 2021, with a 0.2% increase.

Apparent consumption in Italy amounted to Euro 1.146 billion, up by 10.8% compared to last year.

In 2022, the industry companies have replicated the successful results of the past two years, though with a slightly lower growth rate. Actually, it would have been impossible to do better, because – as often mentioned – the term of comparison is the record year 2021, and because in 2022 the effects of the pandemic were aggravated by a very complex situation, the Russian invasion in Ukraine, soaring energy prices, the closure of many markets, and the enduring difficulty to provision components and raw materials.

These elements had a stronger impact in the final quarter of 2022, with results that negatively affected the end-of-year balance.

However, the Italian “client companies” maintained a sustained investment flow, supported by strong incentives from the central authorities, which helped them renovate their equipment fleet.

Right now, it is harder than ever to make forecasts for 2023: the well-known global challenges, the overall economic situation that does not seem to support family spending or new mortgages for home buying or renovation, and the strong technological renovation carried out by companies in recent years, certainly suggest cautious optimism, which might translate into a substantial confirmation of the levels achieved this year.


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