The Forecasts for 2018

The positive trend of the Italian industry of the sector will be confirmed even in 2018, as shown by the forecast data processed by the Studies Dept. of UCIMU. In particular, production will go up by 9.3% to 6,650 million euro. Consumption will attain 5,070 million euro, i.e. 13.6% more versus 2017, driving both the manufacturers’ deliveries in the domestic market, expected to grow by 15.2% to 3,110 million, and imports (1,960 million, +11.1%).

Export will also keep on increasing: with a 4.6% rise it will reach the value of 3,540 million euro. The data recorded by the sales of machine tools overseas in the first three months of the year confirm the positive trend (attached Export Table). The export/production ratio, decreased owing to the recovery of Italian demand in 2014, will go down again, reaching 53.2%.