The difficult period that the Italian woodworking and wood based materials industry is experiencing has been confirmed by the economic figures referring to the second quarter for 2009.

Traditionally carried out by the Studies Office of Acimall – the Italian woodworking machinery and tools manufacturers’ association – on a sample of manufacturers of all types and sizes, the quarterly survey reveals that between April and June, orders went down by 53.8% compared to the same period in 2008.

Foreign orders decreased as well (-58.5%) and national demand recorded a 35.6% reduction.