According to data compiled by Acimall, in 2022 sales of woodworking machinery were up 4.6% compared to the record production of 2021, with a counter value of 2,646 million euros.
The numbers reported by Acimall, the Italian woodworking machinery manufacturers’ association, have aroused some enthusiasm despite the fact that the last two years were marked by extraordinarily negative events such as the Covid and the outbreak of war in Ukraine in 2022.
It was natural to expect that in a context such as this, the reference market would react negatively, considering also the successive waves of rising energy costs and the difficulties in sourcing both raw materials, mechanical and electronic components.
However, contrary to expected forecasts, the results were very encouraging, so much so as to show a clear improvement in the world of woodworking machinery, equipment, woodworking tools and the furniture industry more generally.
As far as Italy is concerned, exports in 2022 marked a +1% on 2021, with 1,757 million euros, while sales on the domestic market reached 889 million euros, i.e. 12.1% more than the record recorded the previous year. The merit, in the latter case, must also be attributed to the important incentives introduced by the government, which favoured Italian companies in the overall renewal of their machinery.
On the import front, the signals were equally positive: imports grew by 5.3% with 257 million euros, for a positive balance of 1,500 million – the same value recorded in the previous year, when the increase was 0.2%. Hence the excellent +10.8% over 2021 for apparent consumption in Italy, with 1,146 million.
For Solidea Srl, owner of the Salvador brand, 2022 was an extraordinary year, not only because it celebrated 40 years in business, but also because of the record numbers achieved, both in terms of production and turnover (+9.5% over 2021).
The year 2022 therefore closed with excellent results and an order book that confirms the company’s positive trend and propensity for internationalisation (in 2022, the company exported 90% of its production), with the opening of new markets in the Middle East and Africa and expansion in the APAC area.
Moreover, Solidea Srl is looking confidently to the future for at least two reasons:
1 – The long-awaited return in the presence of the largest woodworking technology trade fair (Ligna-Hannover in May 2023), which represents an excellent showcase to promote the numerous novelties of its products.
2 – The commitment and enthusiasm for the construction of the new company headquarters, which will allow both increased productivity and an even greater focus on the development of new projects.
Although we are aware that 2023 will be full of obstacles, Solidea remains confident of the great potential for growth in world markets thanks to a winning team.
We look forward to seeing you at the Ligna trade fair to find out what’s new in 2023!
Sources: fordaq, acimall, xylon