Italian Robotics Industry Consolidates Recovery in 2011
(4. august 2011 kl. 9:00)

In 2010, the Italian machine tools, robots and automation manufacturing industry demonstrated that it knows how to fully take advantage of the recovery, confirming its position at the top of the world rankings where it occupies fourth position among producers and third among exporters.

Giancarlo Losma, President of UCIMU PER PRODURRE.

- Even if manufacturers have core elements for success in their initiative, in the support of the reference association and ICE (Italian Institute for Foreign Trade), it is not enough. Italian internationalised companies cannot do without adequate support from the banking-credit system enabling them to penetrate and protect foreign markets in a structured way, says Giancarlo Losma, President of UCIMU PER PRODURRE.

Growing: production 4,196 million euros (+2.5%); exports 2,604 million euros (+3%); consumption 2,467 million euros (+5.7%) and deliveries to the domestic market 1,592 million euros(+1.7%). This is, in brief, the 2010 financial statement which was presented this morning by Giancarlo Losma, President of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, the association of Italian manufacturers of machine tools, robots and automation, on the occasion of the annual general meeting where Maurizio Lupi, Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies spoke.

The data produced by the Studies Dept. of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE indicated that the recovery which began in 2010 will be stepped up in 2011.

According to the forecasts, in 2011, production of the Italian machine tools, robots and automation manufacturing industry will rise to 4,955 million euros, an increase of 18.1% compared with the previous year.

The positive result was mainly due to the performance of exports which with an increase of 22.3%, will amount to 3,185 million euros.

If China was the number one outlet market for the made in Italy supply in the sector in 2010, unseating Germany from the top position, in the first three months of 2011 (latest figures available), sales of Italian machine tools intended for German manufacturers indicated a marked increase. For this reason, Germany and China absorbed the same amount of Italian exports, which was 13.9%.

During the period January-March 2011 in particular, the main destination areas were: China (+13.8%) compared to the same period in the previous year, Germany (+115.6%), USA (+123.4%), India (+58.9%), Brazil (+125.7%), France (-14.7%), Turkey (+110.5%), Poland (+96.3%), Russia (-52.5%) and Switzerland (+42.7%).

As regards the domestic market, in 2011 consumption is expected to grow by 11.7%, to reach 2,755 million euros, with the recovery of deliveries by manufacturers trailing behind to amount to a value of 1,770 million euros, 11.2% more than in the previous year.

Giancarlo Losma, President of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE said:

- Despite the framework of general improvement, manufacturers' fears remain high because of the weakness of the domestic market which has only recovered a small share of the ground lost during the crisis.

- Unwillingness of domestic demand has urged manufacturers to intensify their activities on foreign markets, even in the most far-off markets. To support companies the association has developed concrete initiatives. This is the case for “UOMO UCIMU IN CINA" (UCIMU man in China), a Chinese manager who assists Italian companies to break into the Chinese market, added to which is the INDIA PLATFORM, established with the same objective and through which recruitment procedures will soon be initiated for a manager who will work alongside companies, continued Giancarlo Losma.

- Strategic partner of these projects is ICE, whose funds were halved between 2008 and 2011. In addition to cutting the amount intended to promote made by Italians goods in the world, what worries us most is the confusion that has been created over the role of the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade, whose survival, in recent months, has been put into question several times, said Losma.

- Small and medium-sized companies need an agency dedicated to promotion, capable of supporting them in the process of internationalisation as well as requiring adequate support from the banking/credit system.

- It is necessary that Italian banks, as well as small and medium-sized companies, begin a real process of internationalisation to assist companies in those areas where business is thriving. The example of German competitors is being witnessed by all: the banks follow companies in their forays into foreign markets. This must also be possible for us Italian entrepreneurs.

- In this sense the bank-company relationship cannot just stop at the debate on the opportunities of Basel 3. It needs a concrete re-design which depends on the strengthening of Italy's entire economic system whose best hope for development lies in exports, concluded Giancarlo Losma.mola