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Furnishing Idea is the portal dedicated to the furniture and furnishing industry, designed to bring together different professionals such as architects, designers, carpenters, furniture makers and manufacturers active in the furniture market who represent the reference point in terms of innovation and quality of the product offered. On the other hand, the portal aims to provide a valid information service focused on products, projects, events and fairs and everything that revolves around the world of components, semi-finished products and accessories for the furniture industry.


The portal is divided into different sections where you can explore the different products according to different categories, get in touch with manufacturers, download catalogues to keep up with industry trends and watch videos of interviews with the best professionals and manufacturers.


In the articles section you can find all the information about the most innovative product technologies, such as furniture materials, furniture accessories and systems, furniture machinery, furniture hardware, manufactured by manufacturers with a solid experience in the field. In the companies section there is an overview of the manufacturers registered on our portal, divided by product category, where you can contact us for any request. Our portal also has a special catalogues section to allow professionals and operators in the sector to view in a practical way all the catalogues relating to the various products (furniture hardware, upholstery materials, furniture paints, etc.). In addition, to allow easy consultation of the products, our portal has reserved a product section, organized by categories, where you can find out about the technical characteristics, materials and functionality of each product. The video section, on the other hand, presents numerous video interviews given by professionals and manufacturers that report news, insights and informative content on the best technologies in the sector.


In addition, to keep you constantly informed you can also consult our Journal section which contains all the Furnishing Idea magazines dedicated to the furniture and furnishing industry, such as the edition dedicated to Sicam or Interzum, two of the most important trade fairs in the sector. The magazines can be consulted from the portal or easily downloadable in pdf format.


Thanks to the trust placed in us by many manufacturers, our portal is now recognized both nationally and internationally. In fact, there are already many internationally recognized and established companies in the sector, including the AIPEF group (Italian Flexible Expanded Polyurethanes Companies) which promotes scientific information on the use of flexible polyurethane foam in the sectors in which it is used.

Italian technologies for wood-furnishing: from Acimall the data for the third quarter 2020

According to ISTAT data, Italy's GDP in the third quarter, similarly to that of the main European countries, showed, according to preliminary estimates, a robust recovery across all economic sectors, with the main economic indicators returning close to pre-crisis health levels.
Data for the period July-September 2020 in the woodworking technology sector also showed a similar trend. In general terms, orders for woodworking machinery and tools for wood-furnishing marked a more limited drop than expected, testifying to a certain improvement in the economic situation compared to previous quarters, strongly conditioned by the lockdown period.


Acimall's quarterly survey

The quarterly survey carried out by the Study Office of Acimall, the Italian association of woodworking machinery and accessories manufacturers, reveals that wood-furnishing technologies accounted for 10.1% fewer orders than in the same quarter of 2019, in line with the figures for the machine tool sector.
Orders from the domestic market decreased by 32.3 per cent, against a better trend in international demand, which fell by only 1 per cent. The overall trend is made less heavy by the fact that orders still grew by more than 40 percentage points compared to the dramatic period April-June 2020.
According to the Acimall survey, the order book is equal to 3.1 months (they were 2.4 in the previous quarter), with an increase in prices since the beginning of 2020 of 0.6. Another comforting figure is the drop in turnover which, compared to the same quarter in 2019, is 9.5%, compared to 29.8% in the previous quarter.


Acimall's qualitative survey

For the next period, the qualitative survey reveals that 47% of those interviewed indicate a positive production trend, while 18% are inclined towards a downward trend; the remaining 35% expect substantial stability. Employment will be stable according to 65 per cent of the sample, while 29 per cent expect a decline and only 6 per cent think it will grow.
Inventories are stable for 65% of respondents, up 6% and down the remaining 29%.


The use of digital communication tools

The production system of the wood-furniture technology sector has found the necessary ways to move forward during the long period of total lockdown that Italy, like almost the whole world, has experienced.
In fact, companies have made strong use of digital communication tools: webinars, online demos and “digital conversations“ have allowed companies, and continue to do so, to keep relations on foreign markets alive, reaffirming their competitiveness to customers all over the world, traditionally attentive to the quality of “made in Italy“. These tools have also shown a strong value on the domestic market, where there has been a significant drop in demand, which can be mitigated by the incentives for companies that the entire production system is clamouring for.
The issues linked to the digitalization of companies both in terms of plants and in terms of staff training are at the centre of political attention also because the challenge will most likely be played out in this field.

Wood-furnishing technologies: orders up 58% in first quarter 2021

Strong increase in demand for technology for the furniture and wood industry
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 19/05/2021

Italian wood-furnishing technologies: Acimall data for the fourth quarter of 2020

Encouraging signs for a sector that is able to cope with difficulties and looks to the future with cautious optimism
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 17/03/2021

The design industry and the challenge of recovery: the theme of the 6th Design Summit Pambianco Interni

Pambianco Research has highlighted how digital and sustainability will be the strongest trends in the medium term
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 02/08/2020

Italian technologies for wood-furniture: from Acimall the final balance 2019

The sector, despite a significant contraction, confirms its strong propensity to export
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 12/05/2020

Scm Group: 2019 financial results confirm its financial solidity and reward innovation

The Group closes 2019 with a turnover of more than 700 million euros.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 24/01/2020
Company: SCM GROUP S.p.A.

New version of Lectra's Versalis® Offline: production speed and material savings

The evolution of the digital leather cutting solution offers furniture manufacturers excellent performances
Category: Cutting systems and software for the padding industry
Publication date: 23/01/2020
Company: Lectra Italia

The Report of the Confindustria Study Centre on Italian Industry is presented

Digitisation increases the competitiveness of the manufacturing system
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 20/05/2019

Xylexpo 2018: a quality fair in a growing market

An international appointment where the protagonist is technological innovation
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 25/01/2018

Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 19/12/2017

Acimall: a team to successfully face the challenges of the future

Re-elected President Lorenzo Primultini
Category: Trade associations
Publication date: 05/07/2017