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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.

Wood Technology: Second Quarter Figures Confirm Decline in Orders

The second quarter of 2023 also reveals signs of a slowdown for Italian woodworking and furniture technology: this is what emerges from the quarterly survey conducted by the Acimall Studies Office, the association that brings together Italian woodworking and furniture technology manufacturers.

In the April-June period of this year, in fact, orders recorded a 17.8 per cent drop compared to the same period in 2022: both the minus 18.7 per cent recorded on orders coming in from outside Italy and the minus 13.8 per cent of demand from the domestic market contributed to this result. The result confirms the figures recorded in the previous four quarters, all of which were negative, and brings the overall industry index back to 2019 levels. We can define this as a 'return to normality' after the slowdown caused by the pandemic and the subsequent recovery, which guaranteed companies exceptional results, unprecedented in recent decades.


Substantial stability of production is expected

The woodworking and furniture technology sector can count on an order backlog with 5.2 months of assured production (the same figure as in the previous quarter), while the price change since the beginning of the year, at 1.2 per cent, represents a cooling of the inflation that has characterised the sector and the economy in general over the last two years.

The qualitative survey reveals that 72 per cent of the sample of companies surveyed expect substantial stability in production (it was 71 per cent in the previous quarter), while 9 per cent expect a further decrease and 19 per cent expect growth (balance plus 10).

Employment is increasing for 14 per cent of the sample, stable for 81 per cent and decreasing for 5 per cent. Stocks are stable for 34 per cent of the respondents, increasing for 33 per cent and decreasing for the other 33 per cent.


Forward-looking survey: a less positive climate

However, the forward-looking survey reveals a less positive mood than in the previous quarter: with regard to the foreign market, the sample expects a stable trend for 33 per cent (was 38 per cent in the previous quarter); a decrease for 48 per cent (was 38 per cent in January-March) and an increase for the remaining 19 per cent (was 24 per cent). With regard to the Italian market, the trend is expected to be stable for 48 per cent of respondents (57 per cent in Q1 2023), decreasing for 38 per cent (was 24 per cent) and increasing for 14 per cent (was 19 per cent last quarter).


New Industry 5.0 Transition Plan expected

"A long-awaited scenario," commented Acimall director Dario Corbetta, "which could experience a significant change of course thanks to the new Industry 5.0 Transition Plan, which is highly anticipated not only by the woodworking and furniture technology industry, but by all sectors of mechanics and beyond. The scope of the measure could lead to a recovery of the Italian market already in the coming months or at least from the beginning of 2024'.

Certainly, the new Industry 5.0 Transition Plan would open up new and broader possibilities for action in two directions: towards further progress on the road to digitalisation and towards an even more decisive and concrete 'green' turn in industrial processes.


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