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Italian impetus in first quarter

Italy’s graphic, paper and converting machinery industry “is off to a good start, in the first quarter of 2012, according to figures based on Istat data published by the Research Center of trade association ACIMGA.

Exports of graphic, paper and converting machinery have increased by 4.82% in the first three months of the year; imports are also showed an impressive 9.94% rise. The same source reveals that the USA remains the leading market for Italian machinery with a 68.8% increase in sales, followed by Germany and China – over the last quarter, the latter country is said tohave doubled its orders.

“We are relieved to see the plus sign in front of these figures, in sharp contrast with the general economic scenario, especially in connection with the domestic market,” says Guido Corbella, CEO of Centrexpo, the organiser of Italian trade exhibitions Grafitalia and Converflex. “This positive tendency is particularly significant as history shows us that over the months preceding Drupa, business volumes traditionally suffer from a general downturn, which has not occurred this time around.

“Such encouraging data, combined with the positive outcome of Drupa, concludes Corbella, “estify to the industry’s confident outlook to the future”.

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