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It is a growing Europe that starts at an optimistic fourth quarter with rosy prospects for the coming year, though likely to be less positive than the current one. In the second quarter, GDP grew, compared to the already positive first quarter, both in the Euro area and in the European Union 28 countries, marking a total of + 0.6%. Compared to 2016, the corrected GDP for the effects of the calendar has increased by 2.1% in the Eurozone and by 2.2% in the EU28, slightly up from the first quarter, respectively by 1.9% and + 2.1%.On the other hand, the same International Monetary Fund had revised upwards estimates for some euro area countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, after the positive performance recorded in the first quarter. In the Eurozone, the IMF estimates were up by 1.9% (+ 1.7%) and 2018 to +1.7% (+ 1.6%).Italy will remain with Japan the tailbone of the G7 countries, with an expected GDP growth of 1.3% (against 0.8% assumed three months ago), which should...





We are in a moment of great uncertainty. Not only politics, but above all economic. It is clear that authorities, for their part, tend to declarations that push for optimism with regard to growth and economic recovery, on the other hand, is equally true that if Europe has resumed, this resumption is made less stable by a number of non-secondary factors. In the first place, obviously, employement, with the rise in the number of jobs overcrowded by the increase in part-time contracts, in the name of a “less work, work all”, but largely fails to figure out the rise in youth employment. The political and economic framework is another element of deep uncertainty: increasing protectionism, especially in America, but not only, does European companies have on average more than 10% more customs barriers than just a couple of years ago, a figure that alone expresses much more than so many speeches. Even Brexit, which falls apart, does not have a definite connotation,and creates uncertainty, as...






Sharing and thinking in a global perspective; make system, to respond to challenges coming from other continents; working together, because what keeps us together is stronger than what divides us; the message coming from Made in Steel, aimed at the steel world but also valid for all industrial and machine tools sectors, is strong and clear.Addressing reality means opening up to the challenges of the global market and not closing in your own niche, thinking that everything will remain as it has always been, that the market will always be what it was twenty or even just ten or even five years ago. In Milan, the first ever of Made in Steel in the Rho fairground, for those who did not clearly see the message, visible from every corner of the two pavilions stands the “ArcelorMittal”, as saying “just look up to see the Effects of the global market“.To have a counter-test, just take a look at CECIMO's data: if in 2001 around 50% of machine tools produced in the world came from Europe, today,...






The year that's just ended left some conflicting signals. Whilst the economic sentiment in EU is growing picked upon during the last quarter, and is expected strengthening in 2017, export is decreasing, by a rate of 7.5% in third quarter while the global drop was 8.5%. So, what we gonna expect from this unpredictable 2017? Difficult to say. During the year election will take place in three of the most industrialized countries in EU, Netherlands, France and Germany, in autumn. Political instability is to rule in elections also in other countries, not last Italy. Brexit effect will lead its consequences once UK Government will begin the procedures.Once more, it is probable a rise of energy prices, given by OPEC agreement in late November. So, what about this 2017? We want to be faithful to operators: all studies, in particular ones held by CECIMO, indicate a rise in economic sentiment which lead to a more optimistic assessment of the current situation and to an improvement in...






So, another year has come to the end. Not bad, at all, even if not the best year in the history of industry. Especially for businessmen and managers whose hope was to decrease uncertainity and restart the journey towards future with a wider landscape and a broader horizon. This year, which is running to the end, was a two-face year for the tube sector: the first half, with the outstanding happening of Tube Duesseldorff, was characterized by a more confident mood and a bit more enthusiastic outlook. The second half, on the contrary, with less definitive data on resumption, the growth ever shaky despite of optimistic predictions, was more nervous and restless. The horizon for the companies is always confined in a short term range, and political uncertainty is always a not-positive signal for companies: what will be of commercial balance between US and EU in next years? Which measures will BCE adopt to help financial and bank systems? What will EU decide in foreign affairs about Middle...






Coming home from Euroblech 2016 in Hannover, a positive edition of one of the most growing exhibitions in Europe: over 1,500 exhibitors, 54% of which came from outside Germany, while biggest exhibitor countries were Germany, Italy, Turkey, China, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Denmark and the USA.In the focus of this year's EuroBLECH are the digitisation of production processes and increasing automation. Flexible manufacturing systems become ever more important to meet the demand for individualised products. Simulation and innovative process control systems reduce waste and increase cost efficiency.If delegates of main companies all over Europe indicated innovation as a key factor of industrial development in the Old Continent during a round table at the EU Parliament organised by Cecimo, this Euroblech's edition leads the way towards the future. For TubeToday innovation is the key word in 2017 and 2018: we have recently released our new Editorial Calendar, that is both...






2016 will not be a particularly positive year for the industry and the machine tool. In Europe the forecasts tell of a fourth quarter in which growth will be nothing, or at least much less pronounced than in the first half of the year. In Italy data are even less encouraging: in the first half of both imports and exports of machine tools decreased compared to 2015, especially towards the second half, a time when the recovery really seemed at hand. Total exports of Italian machine tools mark a -4.7% to a value of just over 1,400 million Euros. At the same time, imports also decreased, by about 1.7%: the decrease is divided more or less equally on all traditional trading partners (Germany, Japan and Switzerland in the lead).At European level, however, the good news is that in 2017 the market should recover, mainly because of a renewed domestic demand and by the United States: Japan should continue the stagnation period, been present for several years, while China should not yet fully...






Returning from Dusseldorf with lighter mood: we heard words full of satisfaction from operators, and we had positive influences from an exhibition maybe not remarkable for the number of visitors, but sure for their quality.In the end, we think that the typology of the exhibition is changing: the dissemination of various exhibitions all over the world concerning the tube sector is giving positive answers opening new markets, but at the same time is dejecting visitors to come to main events, waiting for smaller, but nearer, ones taking place sooner or later in their own Countries or in immediate nearby. So Tube Dusseldorf is still the main event in the world, but it is achieving a new role, confirming is outstanding value for European market, which is still the biggest, and for everyone aiming to see all the companies together, but it is also a place where companies can create immediate deals, develop new synergies, build up and strengthen networks: that is what happens with some...






Even if forecast for economic growth from European Commission substantially confirm last updates, with an Eurozone growing by 1.7% this year and 1.9% in 2017, many external factors are threatening European economies. Not by chance, in a recent survey by Cecimo, only 19% of the companies interviewed in Business Climate Barometer report a good economic situation.Starting from international situation which is again fragile, with many conflicts running and some that are about to start, such as in Libya or tension between USA and Israel, to the decrease of oil rates, to the opposition at BCE's deflationist policy there are many sources of uncertainty in global economy that are worrying insiders for the growth of the extra-EU market, the main opportunity for industrial growth for producers of machineries. Next April will be the month of the Tube in Dusseldorf: also the main worldwide event for Tubes is suffering for a slight decrease as Joachim Schaefer, CEO of Messe Dusseldorf, said during...






It's not easy to understand market and to order different information in a coherent framework: if financial conjuncture is worrying and tells about continuous losses and decrease, industrial reports are full of “+” marks, leaded by German heavy and machine tools industry which are continuously scoring annual records. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the German machine tool industry recorded 3-per-cent growth in order bookings compared to the final quarter of 2014. Orders from both Germany and abroad increased equally, up by 3 per cent compared with the preceding year. For 2015 as a whole, the final rise in order bookings was one per cent. The growth has been crucially driven by a substantial 16-per-cent increase in orders from the Eurozone (data from VDW Business and Statistics). Performance replicated by Italy, where production in machine tools grew by 12,2%, leaded by domestic market which scored an encouraging +21,0%, according to unofficial data released by UCIMU. According to...






From a positive EMO MILANO 2015 to a promising TUBE 2016 in Dusseldorf: that's the summary of these months between two years that we hope will be remembered as the years of the worldwide resumption.Listening to the exhibitors that attended the EMO MILAN, it is more than a possibility. The confidence in the future was spreading among the halls in Milan, as the satisfaction for the pace of the exhibition. In other moments, the lack of many companies and the reduced number of Italian visitor would have been disappointing, in 2015 edition they represent only a little spot in a positive scenery. And, in summary, EMO 2015 in Milan have been a great event also for the companies of Tube sector: many interesting contacts, many foreign visitors in a general framework of a recovered confidence in future and in own possibilities.Some movements also revitalised the market, such as merging, or business unit acquisition by Tauring from Pedrazzoli: a big investment in the future by the Tauring Group...






[foto:1:left]And finally we reached the light at the end of the tunnel. And, finally, it wasn't the front light of the train coming forward. Really, it was the light we wanted to see, it was the light of restarting economy, industrial production, employment. All that “little” things on which depends citizens' life.A situation much more rosy if you think, and number, all the things that happened in last two or three months that could easily crash our resumption and send us back to the bottom of the crisis. First of all, the fall of Stock Exchanges in Far East: a great blow for world's leading economies could have worse effects also on western ones, but it seemed to be absorbed, still we stand the long wave of long term effects of that fall. Second, migration flows that are spreading all over Europe, turned from a local to a global urgency, that is now involving all European Countries, that are reacting individually and not as a Community, and that is a problem even bigger than...






After the first e-issue, Tube Today is back to its traditional paper format. Only scheduling of the issue was shifted, delaying the number printed by a few weeks, to make room for little brother, newborn, published on the website. A great effort for our magazine that will not remain isolated. In future there will be more e-issues that will be joined to the numbers always printed and shipped, in order to provide more timely and above all more easily accessible information to our readers. For these and other innovations please come and visit our stand at EMO in Milan: a great time to meet and try to make an assessment of the situation, in anticipation of the next Tube2016. Two exhibitions of great importance that will confirm the positive signs in recent months.As usual, we will publish daily updates from the exhibition. So, please, stay tuned.






Restart the economy in the entire euro zone: also in Italy, where GDP growth of 0.3% in the first quarter of the year allows to be optimist, while in the rest of the European Union, the crisis was finally left behind.If the signals are positive and encouraging, however, the road to a more favorable economic situation is not easy: to confirm the positive signals we will need to carry on innovation, to propose new solutions, to identify new processes and new technologies: the capacities were instrumental in leaving behind a long and difficult crisis will be indispensable in the confirmation of growth.Even for us in TubeToday innovation is a fundamental issue of how we understand our role in working with businesses and a growth path that we imagine aimed at providing a more complete, tailored on our readers and more close to their needs. That's the reason for this "first" web edition that is complementary to the four printed issues traditionally planned for 2015: a recognition of the...






Here we are again, at the end celebrating a soft wind of resumption. Sooner or later it had to come, but we are happy to see it in this early 2015. And if GDP in Eurozone is growing by major or minor percentage in different EU Countries, we have to point up that is not anymore the end of the beginning of the resumption, but the beginning of the end of a big crisis, since we have still so much to do. Italy and France, not to spek about Spain and Greece, are playing a difficult match against public debt and a public administration that is still inefficient and elephantine. So, provided that we don't let down our guard, there are enough good perspectives for the immediate future, even though some of them descend directly from disappeared competitors because of the lenght of the crisis. A process of natural selection that leaves survivors stronger and ready to face the challenges of a levelled resumption to the bottom. The worst danger is however imponderable and comes from unstable...






In any way you look at the circumstances, it is more complicated: it is difficult to forecast how it will evolve in a delicate moment not only under economic aspects, but also in consequence of political instability and fleeting international relations. Ucrainian-crisis and Russian u-turn on Southstream, the pipeline that would have transported Russian gas to Southern Europe across Mediterranean Sea is one of the evidences of straight relation between political tension and international economic aspects. Among global problems, there are many Countries with particular difficulties that are strenghtened by economic crisis: in Italy, for instance, high leveled taxation is holding back industry and innovation, as red tape in public administration is freezing development and economic growth.But there are also some encouraging signals, first of all enterpreneurs' trust in their company, the quality of the products and innovation that companies are chasing despite all problems. Bimu in Milan...






Would you like to play at the game of resumption? The first who catch the snake will be the winner. And the snake is elusive. And is even difficult to see. Someone is also supposing that the beast does not exist at all. Maybe once it was crawling on Earth, but now it is not alive anymore. More you seek for it, the most it is elusive and slippery. Some months ago we all were screaming of the miracle, now we are all crying on the lookdown of GDP in Eurozone, with some countries, Italy among them, relentlessly directed to decrease and other with a growth smaller than predicted.What to do, then? Wait and hope for the best, still believing that signals we saw in Spring and early Summer were not an illusion, but were only announcing a resumption that is not immediate but only delayed to 2015. That's our task, but there are other tasks, in charge of institutions, that can not be further pushed back. European economic and bank union is the first step to move in next future, as reforms of...






Never too late to start again. Something's moving in the Old Europe, even in Oldest Italy: unanimously, insiders share their optimism after Tube 2014 in Messe Dusseldorf. Increasing number of exhibitors and visitors explain that Tube is ever more the main event in Tubes sector, but what is more encouraging is that the great majority of exhibitors interviewed shows a complete satisfaction not at all with number of contacts but absolutely with their quality.And that is the main summary we can try to do after the event. But the reality is always that Europe in its complex is running towards resumption, with many differences between countries, but the truth is that something is moving up, also thanks to export.But in some countries, such as Italy, export is the only leading sector in market, that is the most important factor of selection among companies: the only way to survive the crisis is, nowadays, finding abroad new markets, pointing at technological development, post sale services...






2014, it is an even year, that means a year dedicated to Tube in Dusseldorf. We will also remember 2014 as the first year of resumption after a decade of financial crisis and production decrease: since Tube has ever been the main event in the world of tubes, we hope that the exhibition will mean a injection of optimism and confidence in the future for operators and insiders. Our hope is supported from many signals, even in Italy and in the rest of Europe. Scrap market is growing, such as the steel production; energy sector is quite dynamic despite of the Ukrainian crisis which is threatening gas pipelines while European Union is trying to maintain its unity and cohesion on foreign politics.However, the steady calm we faced in several years is left behind and Tube in Dusseldorf will be the dominant approach of resumption. After that, however, we have a long run in front of us, trying to consolidate exports and aiming that Goverments will choose the right actions to tighten up the...






We live in a difficult reality. The companies' efforts to manage the fragile economic resumption are largely frustrated by problems that are jumping out at every step: international crisis, stock exchange falls, political instability, growing public debt. Traps on the way to economic growth are nuzzled everywhere and the foreseen resumption is every day uneasier. In Italy for instance, the cost of labour and fiscal drag are the main obstacles for companies, in Europe the instability of Eurozone economies are playing a decisive role in slowing also the stronger countries, while in far East the latest danger is coming from stock exchanges instability. US economy, on the contrary, is restarting its run and represents the main signal of hope. This kind of circumstance is frightening enterprenurs and is perceptible during exhibitions all over the world. If Tubotech in Brasil confirmed its growth, especially in number of foreign exhibitors, the situation is still steady and many of them,...






Overlooking to the future with a little more optimism. After an August dedicated to holidays, at least in Italy, signals of the long-waited end of the crisis are more tangible, according to experts' forecast. We look at tomorrow with a certain dose of optimism but also with careful caution.For the first time in several years, we can feel the change, given not only by speeches of institutional representatives, but also from the confidence in the people: next months will be crucial, especially in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, and it is necessary to take decisions in economic, social and public administration matters with bravery and enthusiasm, but also offering the sense that things will be driven in the right way.Next EMO edition, in semptember, will be the litmus test: after some fluctuating editions, with minor numbers of exhibitors if not of visitors, this year's one will be the right event in which resumption will be more tangibly real and also the ideal situation for...






It's not easy to keep confidence alive in such a situation: were not enough the difficulties of Italian economy, now also Germany seems to suffer from a decline in growth rate. It is the evidence, if we need another one, that European economies are strictly linked up and connected and must be considered as one flimsy mechanism. The awareness of this key concept and the new course in politics in Italy may give the pulse Italian economy to restart its run. More Europe, not less Europe, is the recipe for a correct innovation and a new season in Continental Economy. A stronger Central Bank, a different management of matters concerning common currency, is the only way to follow, in an Europe that suffers from lack of young generation and must face and match the growth of nearby countries which have many young people: only Egypt has more Under35 than entire Europe, for instance.For us, for Tube Today, growth means new markets: we will carry on our program of outstanding international...






Internationalization is the great challenge for italian producers: if the domestic market is full of uncertainity and lack of money, if European market suffer by financial difficulties and by competition with foreigner companies, coming from countries with more inancial stability and less fiscal pressure, extra-UE markets is becoming a real opportunity. Positive trend of export towards extra UE countries in last quarter of 2012 and January 2013 seems to uncover something which is more than an perspective.Supporting this effort, Tube Today decided to attend to some international trade fairs: with the issue you are now reading we will be in Istanbul for Boru 2013, then in September we will be in Hannover for traditional EMO, then, last but not least, we will be present also in Tubotech in Brazil.A great effort, as usual, to develop new markets for us and for the companies that believe in our work, but also a great opportunity to show the vitality and the innovation that permeate Italian...






In Italy 2012 has not represented an unforgettable year. It was a year of transition and resistance, where companies tried to face the crisis using best qualities of Italians: intelligence and creativity, since competitivity is not a characteristic that we can enumerate. High tax level and labour costs decreased competitivity of Italian compagnie on foreign markets, while domestic one is afflicted by general steadiness. Not Tube Duesseldorf, not Bimu/Sfortec gave that signs of resumption for Italian companies that we have touched with hand in foreign companies, German first. Sure, other markets are suffering of the same conjuncture, but in this situation sharing difficulties is not consolatory, since we are looking to a European Community with different speeds, which difference is growing continuously.In such situation, Tube Today is not giving up, but on the contrary is doubling its efforts to give added value services to customers and companies. Editorial calendar for 2013 is rich...






It will be another difficult autumn for Italian companies, due to the debt crisis and uncertainty in the financial markets: the drastic measures that the government had to take for the reduction of public debt and the consequent need to reduce spending have caused a weakening of the leading sector of the industry in the country, the small and medium enterprise that has always made their strength in specialization and innovation. The fiscal policy of the government, the lack of funding opportunities from banks, the increasingly fierce competition from emerging countries are likely to strangle innovation capacity and productivity of companies with high technological level, leading area for Italian industry: In the rest of Europe, the economic performance of a two-speed euro zone countries has an impact on the situation of companies: if in Germany productivity is high and the economy is one of the best in recent years, with positive effects also on health of companies, in other...






Hard to give forecast for the future. Economy is still facing one of its more uncertain situation, and markets are still asking themselves which will be the right way to get out of the crisis. Pursue the growth at any cost, or degrowth? Believe in European Community or return to national markets? What about the future of Euro? These and many other question are hanging on the future and worrying experts and operators, companies and workers. What we can do, we can do our best, trying not to loose confidence and hope that when the storm will pass by, we will still be here, developing quality and innovation in our work.Tube Dusseldorf was a milestone from this point of view: many visitors and many exhibitors declared themselves satisfied with the quality of contacts, if not with the number: emerging countries were strongly present in the halls and many companies presented new machineries and new ideas for the future. We are far away from the results acquired in the editions held before...






Ten years are not a few. The tenth birthday of a magazine is very important, indeed. Ten years dedicated to the market, to the companies, trying to keep insiders informed on innovation, changes, new tendencies in a sector which has been involved in at least two great industrial crisis before jumping in the actual financial crisis. Ten years, however, that have been satisfying and enthusiastic: we have been strengthened by general appreciation of the companies and results that pushed us forward to increase our circulation and to realize new ideas, widening our action range towards new markets, in Russia, Far East and South America.A journey that leaded us at our fifth edition of Tube Duesseldorf: we will be present as exhibitors in the halls of the main event in tubes sector, trying to understand which way will bring the market to resumption, to a new impulse to industry without whom hope will be further away. We can not arrange a solution, the one recipe we can imagine is to give the...






Waiting for the end of this apparently endless crisis, we reached another year's end. Another year passed by without carrying away the dramatic economic situation. If the signals of markets' resumption seem everyday stronger, the financial weakness of European Countries is an insurmountable obstacle, despite the lowest rates of Euro would be a great engine for export. Tube Today is still at Companies' side, trying to do its best to give an on time information and to support them in their effort to overcome the difficulties of the moment. For some years we have been repeating each other that the new year would have been better than the past. In Italy, and in other countries all over Europe, this forecast has been always denied by the facts, and maybe in the future Companies will have to face an even more bitter conjuncture, because the problems we have to solve are financial, not economic, and also a solid company could have troubles from it. Therefore, Tube Today is trying to boost...






After some days of relaxing holidays, we are ready to leave again. Destination: Tubotech and EMO. The two outstanding exhibitions will be the main events in the Autumn and we will be there. Tubotech will be the first time in which Tube Today will cross the Ocean as exhibitor: we believe the future will start in the South of the World. EMO will be, as usual, the main in event in Europe and Tube Today will be, as usual too, a Landmark for all the insiders that will walk along the rows in Hannover.But, as economy is giving some signs of definite respumption, for us is the time to look a bit more longer and try to foresee in the next year: first of all we have renewed our partnership with Messe Duesseldorf so that we can confirm our presence in the next edition of the Tube. But we are trying to be present also in some other exhibitions all over the World, confirming our vocation to travel in order to report but also to diffuse our magazine and all the companies which decided to marry our...






It is an hard time. We have been repeating it for months, hoping that looking at the devil straight in the face, it is not so terrible as painted. Certainly, the devil is really ugly, also because from a severe economic instability we have moved to an even more severe political instability, which is not good for markets. While the signals are mixed, with strong economies that so far they begin to show signs of strain, on the one hand, while on the other side continue to experience prodromal signs of a recovery, the watchword is "hold on and seek for innovation”. For our magazine the goal is similar: we're veterans of a significant change in editorial policy, from a revision in terms of graphics, but we continue to maintain our international focus, looking for ideas and new markets, both for us as for companies that invest in us. For 2011, the choice could not drop it on the major trade fairs: in Europe, the EMO in Hannover in September, in the southern hemisphere, specifically in...




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