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Italy has secured its position as the third-largest producer of wooden constructions in Europe

Italy has secured its position as the third-largest producer of wooden constructions in Europe, following Germany and Sweden, surpassing Austria. In 2022, Italy saw an increase in wooden housing units by one percentage point compared to 2021, totaling 3,602 units. The total revenue for the wooden construction sector reached €2.3 billion, a 15.8% rise from 2021, emphasising the industry's dynamism.

The residential wooden production contributed significantly, reaching €866 million, representing a 12.7% increase from 2021. This accounts for one-fifth of Germany's production (€4.4 billion) and 7.2% of the total European Union production (€12 billion). Additionally, non-residential wooden construction generated €633 million, a 12.2% increase, and traditional construction reached €767 million, showing a 22.9% rise from 2021.

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The 8th Wooden Construction Report by FederlegnoArredo's Research Center highlights the industry's growth, especially with increasing attention to sustainability and CO2 storage. The report reveals a concentration of bioconstruction companies in Lombardy, with 73 operating firms, and significant activity in Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto, collectively representing 50% of the total.

Trentino-Alto Adige leads in both size and specialisation of companies, producing 19% of the total output. Lombardy follows at 16%, with Piemonte and Veneto at 6% and 5%, respectively.

Examining company sizes, the report indicates that the top 10 companies control nearly 31% of the market. Furthermore, 68% of companies have a total revenue below €5 million, while only 7% exceed €50 million, illustrating a concentration of the sector in the hands of a few.

The report underscores the growing market share of bioconstruction, positioning it as a viable alternative to traditional construction. It emphasises the need for awareness and promotion to make both private citizens and public administrations more conscious of the sustainability value of wooden structures. Assolegno of FederlegnoArredo commits to advocating for measures that incentivize this type of construction.

Source: Federlegnoarredo

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