In 2021 the sector of agricultural machinery has achieved excellent results, especially in consideration of the momentary stop during the first lockdown at the beginning of 2020. However, the pandemic has not further damaged the market, which continues to be characterized by a period of strong investments.
The registrations of tractors have reached an altitude 24,400 units with a growth compared to 2020 of over 36%. To these must be added 400 combine harvesters, machinery with a high cost but of great yield. Federunacoma, the federation of agricultural machinery manufacturers, commented: “Numbers that have not been seen for a long time. At least since the 90s. After the 2020 slowdown caused by the pandemic, we expected a rebound, but we are far beyond that“. Here is an important number: in 2021 a turnover is expected in the sector of approximately 14 billion euros (+ 21% compared to 2020). And the Italian situation is also confirmed by the positive data in the other countries. Orders are at the highest for several manufacturers, and therefore an equally interesting 2022 is expected.
“In this context, the incentives have had a leading role and in particular those of Agriculture 4.0 which are encouraging the purchase of medium-high power machines with a high technology content and increasingly interconnected. Agricultural machinery, especially in the new green challenges, are candidates to further strengthen their role as a competitive lever for companies“. we read in the Sole 24 Ore. But technological change will necessarily have to go by degrees. In order to replace diesel, we think in particular of hydrogen, more than electric: in larger vehicles the batteries would in fact be so heavy, currently, as to make them expensive and difficult to use. Another technology already present but still improvable is that of autonomous driving: over the years important milestones have already been achieved but the goal is to combine this type of autonomy with less polluting techniques for working the land, also by exploiting satellite knowledge.
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