Exports of cars fall, but orders increase, which often cannot be fulfilled by the manufacturers due to the lack of raw materials, in particular microchips.
According to Paolo Scudieri, president of Anfia, this is the Italian association of car component manufacturers, and number one of the Adler group, the current paradox of the Italian automotive sector. In an interview with ‘Il Sole 24 Ore, Scudieri therefore asks the Government to bring back to Italy a series of productions long abandoned because they are not profitable, but strategic for this sector, perhaps in the South “where there are areas, workforce and skills “.
For the president of Anfia, “If this situation were to continue, enormous damage would ensue to an industry that is making large investments”, but the problem is that “we are involved in a war of geopolitical dominance”, where the lack of raw materials also adds to the increase in the price of energy, the cost of transport and the number of infections throughout Europe. According to Anfia, the only way to react is therefore “re-industrialization in terms of environmental sustainability”, in addition to the scrapping of the most polluting vehicles still in circulation.
During the general meeting of Oica, the World Organization of Vehicle Manufacturers, recently held in Naples, it emerged that the automotive world is in favor of implementing the transition, but expects it to be reasoned and shared globally to bring about useful results. The risk, if it were to fail, would be the loss of the jobs of millions of employees. “We need to reshape the implementation times and above all we cannot focus only on electric motors – concludes Scudieri -, for which raw materials are available only in Asian countries, China in the first place. Other paths must also be followed, such as that of internal combustion engines powered by synthetic fuels. And then we need to focus on hydrogen “.
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