Spanish meat machinery exports are doing fine
Spanish producers of meat processing machinery are expecting turnover figures similar to last year, thanks to sales, especially international sales, according to Jordi Vila, president of amec alimentec and CEO of Mainca. However, those that are addressing companies in the Horeca sector "are experiencing a more complex situation", he said.
"The client values the proximity of the supplier, so companies with implantations abroad or with consolidated distributors have suffered a lesser impact on sales," Mr Vila stressed, also pointing that growing commitment of companies to online tools for the marketing of equipment has helped the businesses to protect their performance.
According to amec, France is the main market for Spanish products in the sector, although it has maintained an irregular trend since 2016. The United Kingdom remains the second destination for Spanish exports, with a trend similar to that of Italy, the fourth most important destination.
"The exponential increase in exports to Portugal and Mexico up to 2018 stands out, although in both cases exports have remained stable in 2019, while the Czech Republic and Russia have bought the same level of Spanish machinery until July as in all of 2019", explained the director of amec alimentec, Carmina Castella, quoted by the Carnica magazine.
The director of amec alimentec also indicated how the pandemic has accelerated the megatrends that for years have been affecting the productive model of the sector, such as digitization, key to monitoring production through collected data and thus optimizing production processes; the automation of processes and industry 4.0; concern for food safety, in which product traceability prevails; the versatility of the equipment, the hygienic design of the machines and the adaptation of the manufacturers to the growing environmental demands.
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