Tractors: Italian market impacted by the health emergency

The sales figures for the first part of the year show a collapse in March, characterized by the slowdown in activities and then by the stoppage of production sites. Even with a reopening of the industrial plants, the second half of the year will remain conditioned by the reduction in the volumes produced and by the lower investment capacity of farms.

The agricultural machinery market pays the price of the health emergency, and in March it sees noticeable drops for tractors (-34.4%), combine harvesters (-12.5%), tractors with load platform (-21.1%), trailers (-39.3%) and agricultural telehandlers (-10.5%). In March, there was a progressive slowdown in production (with the spontaneous closure for safety reasons of many agricultural machinery companies) which culminated in the total block of activity following the Ministerial Decree of 25 March. Furthermore, in some cases the stoppage of registration procedures at the Motor Vehicle Department offices, caused by the precautionary measures adopted by public organizations, also affected the March statistical data. In the statistics relating to the first quarter of the year - which the FederUnacoma Studies Office draws up on the basis of the data relating to registrations provided by the Ministry of Transport - the March figure is offset by those referring to the months of January and February, still not affected by the epidemic emergency. Regarding the average for the quarter, tractor registrations fell by 14.6%, trailer registrations by 17.4%, while there were positive results for tractors with loading platform (+ 2.6%) and telehandlers (+9.1%). Unfortunately, the total block of production and marketing of machinery that characterized the first half of April will weigh on the results for the next quarter. Even in with the reopening of industrial sites - FederUnacoma notes - the volumes produced will be significantly reduced, due to the need to comply with the safety and prevention rules within the plants. Consequently, the market will also have lower quantities of machinery, in a setting that will in any case see a lower spending capacity by farms due to the unfortunate situation. The forecasts for the second quarter therefore indicate a continuation of the negative phase, hoping that the arrival of summer and the attenuation of the emergency may encourage a more robust recovery of activities in the sector.

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EIMA International, appointment in October

The agricultural machinery exhibition, organized by FederUnacoma at the Bologna exhibition centre, will be held from 19 to 23 October 2021.The choice was guided by the health emergency and the complex needs linked to the trade exhibition calendar and the seasonality of the work processes.From November 2022 the Exposition will return to its normal frequency.

EIMA Digital Preview, a project "in progress"

The digital platform will be perfected quickly, to support the promotional activities of agricultural machinery companies. Over 59 thousand accesses were recorded in the five days of the EDP review, and about 10 thousand users participated in on-line seminars and conferences on salient issues of agricultural mechanization. President Malavolti extended his special thanks to the Minister of Agriculture Teresa Bellanova, and to the representatives of the government and institutions who took part in the EDP event.

EDP, the issue of safety in the foreground

EIMA Digital Preview, the first virtual exhibition of agricultural machinery, dedicated Saturday 14 November to the issues of safety, ergonomics, and the prevention of accidents at work in the primary sector. The prevention of accidents with tractors and the devices aimed at improving the well-being of the operator on board the self-propelled machines.

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