In the first three months of 2016, the index of the orders of machine tools, as pointed out by the Research Centre & Entrepreneurship Culture of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, registered a rise of 14,3% in comparison to the same period of the previous year. The overall result has been determined mainly by the outstanding achievements on the Italian market; international results have been positive as well. Specifically, the index of the orders in the international markets resulted in a raise of 1,7%, in comparison to the period between January and March 2015.
The increase in the internal orders has been noticeably higher, counting to a rise of 31,8% compared to the same period of the previous year. The positive tendency of the Italian market registered by machine tool developers has now reached eleven consecutive months.
Mr. Galbadini, president of the UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, stated that “During the first months of the year the demand for machine tools was reinvigorated and is noticeably on the rise, after the stall of the last months of 2015. This confirms that especially the Italian users are willing to make investments. In this sense, the weakness of the end of last year is reasonably to be seen as a way to take some time to consider which investments to make in relation to what had been presented at EMO MILANO 2015, the world exhibition that had happened that October.”
“On the other hand – went on Mr. Galbadini – the measures implemented by the governmental authorities in order to support this “new development of the real economy” contributed to consolidate what had appeared to be only a weak trend reversal. Besides the New Sabatini law, the Super amortization is providing a good outcome, even if below its potential – which could be exploited more thoroughly with some enhancements. Specifically, we believe that the deadline set on the 31st of December 2016 should only involve the gathering of orders that come with deposit bank transfers, and not the delivery of the machine tool, which should be delayed to the 30th of June 2017”.
Moreover, although the combination of the measures has been effective, it is necessary to foresee structural measures to improve and sustain the turnover of the productions systems of the Italian companies, and that is the only way to ensure a prosperous future for the manufacturers of our country. On this matter, the liberalization of the amount of amortization would be useful, because in this way the purchase of the machine tool can be amortized in less time. The measure, beside subsidizing purchases, does not involve costs for the government, which in deeds would only have the income delayed.
“Give all the above – concluded Galbadini – the most adequate way to prevent the aging of the machine tools is the adoption of a system of subsidies aimed at stimulating the voluntary replacement of the obsolete machine tools with new technologies, designed according to the new productivity necessities and the energy efficiency, in compliance with the occupational safety measures provided by the UE. Even more so because the recent enquiry conducted by UCIMU on the existing machine tools in Italy provides a worrying scenario of the state of manufacture of the country, since the average age of the means of production is close to 13 years: the worst result in the last forty years.