Growth continues to be strong in both the domestic and international markets. Domestic sales grew by 10.7% year on year to 1.6 billion euros, while exports amounted to 6.2 billion euros, an increase of 9%: 38.1% of total turnover (€2.05bn) for EU, 19% for Asia (€1.024 bn, 8% down on 2017), 13.8% for North America (€741.3M, +25% vs. 2017) and 10.3% for Central and South America (€552.7M).

Ranked first in terms of share of total capital goods exports (24.4%), the italian industry consists of 631 companies located mainly along the Via Emilia, the road that runs from Milan to Rimini, with further manufacturing clusters located in the Piedmont, Veneto and Tuscany regions. In terms of technology and market share, the sector competes for the global leadership with Germany and accounts for a quarter of world machinery exports.

Looking at the breakdown of turnover amongst the various client sectors, food and beverage maintained its dominant position in 2018 accounting for 55.3% of total turnover.

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