The year 2017 was extremely positive for the Italian industry of machine tools, robotics and automation, registering double-digit increases for all main economic indicators, except for that of exports that however started growing again after the downturn in 2016. The year 2018 will be just as positive, confirming the excellent situation that the sector has been experiencing.
ASSAGO, ITALY -- Italian plastics and rubber machinery makers expect to produce 4.2 billion euros ($5.5 billion) in equipment this year, with exports of 2.6 billion euros ($3.45 billion), according to Italy's plastic and rubber machinery association Assocomaplast.
For the italian woodworking machinery manufacturers, 2011 was characterized as reflecting a significant recovery. According to the preliminary figures processed by the Italian woodworking machinery manufacturers' association, ACIMALL, production amounted to 1,699 million euros - a stark increase of 10.2 % compared to the previous year. Italian exports in 2011 amounted to 1,278 million euros, i.e. 75 percent of the sector's total production.