The Italian construction equipment market has seen solid growth in 2015 so far, according to figures released by Italian construction equipment machinery manufacturers association Unacea.
The market is up 33% for the first nine months of the year, compared with the same period in 2014, as a total of 5,946 products were sold in the Italian market.
This consisted of 5,705 earthmoving machines, which is 30% up from the same period last year, and 241 road machines, an increase of 217%.
Unacea said that figures from the Italian Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) show that exports grew 8%, with an increase in the export of tower cranes, road machines, drilling equipment, earth moving machines, and crushing and screening equipment.
Imports grew 27%, while the industry trade balance also grew 3%.
Paolo Venturi, president of Unacea, said, “The result of the third quarter confirms the recovery trend of the Italian market.
“However, it is a growth that starts from a very low basis, because of the drop of the market up to 80% between 2008 and 2013. The scenario is very fragile because we see a limited physiologic replacement of some machines really outdated.”
Venturi added, “To stabilise these positive signs and to meet national pressures, Unacea calls for a plan of action to secure the territory to the dangers of flooding”.