Recovery in the Italian woodworking industry recorded an abrupt slowdown in the Q2 with rates closer to 2010 rather than the positive start of 2011, and there is a difference between foreign markets, more receptive and willing to invest, and an Italian industry that is static and unwilling to renovate its production equipment, reports Acimall, the Italian   woodworking machinery association.

“The situation,said Ambrogio Delachi, Acimall president, “does not suggest consolidation of stability. The Italian wood industry is still suffering, the situation is difficult, not to say critical, and investments are postponed.

“Foreign markets are giving more satisfaction, as usual, despite new worries generated by the decision to cancel the Italian Foreign Trade Institute (Ice). It is essential for ‘made in Italy’ to have adequate support and resources, as export is a vital asset for the entire country”.