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Italian Ceramic Machinery Industry Mixed in 2012

The Acimac Studies Centre (Italian Ceramic Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers’ Association) recently released preliminary 2012 year-end figures, which show that the Italian ceramic machinery industry had a fall in turnover in 2011. The slowdown in world growth is prompting cautious forecasts for 2013.

The Italian ceramic machinery and equipment manufacturing industry ended 2012 with a small fall in turnover, after the strong performance in the first six months of the year was offset by reductions in the second dhalf. Preliminary year-end figures published by the Acimac Studies Centre put the sector’s turnover at around €1,600 million (~ $2,153 million), down 8.6% from 2011 but 15.4% higher than in 2010.

In 2012, the best performances were reportedly recorded in international markets, which continue to account for more than 80% of total turnover. However, the slowdown in growth during the last few months of 2012 is alarming business leaders.

“Since September, we have been seeing a widespread downturn in the various world markets,” said Fabio Tarozzi, Acimac chairman. “The dynamism displayed by several countries is offset by the slowdown in a number of longstanding export markets such as Iran, China, India and Brazil. This makes us very cautious about making forecasts for next year, in spite of the excellent results achieved at our tradeshow Tecnargilla.”

For additional information, visit www.acimac.it.

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