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Italian lighting manufacturers have nearly double the profitability of German manufacturers

A study of Italian lighting firms, focusing on their economic performance, and comparing them to their German counterparts, has yielded astonishing findings. These findings showed that Italian manufacturers demonstrate nearly double the profitability.

Italian companies boasted an average gross operating margin (EBITDA) of 14.9%, whereas German firms achieved only 7.7%. Austrian manufacturers, positioned between these two, recorded an EBITDA margin of 11.0%.

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Additionally, Italian firms have experienced over 50% growth in the last five years, contrasting sharply with the modest 10% growth observed among German manufacturers.

The disparity extends to international markets: while German companies typically export about 25% of their products beyond German-speaking regions, Italian manufacturers surpass a 50% export share, underscoring their international competitiveness.

The study has shown that differences in production efficiency and flexibility further contribute to Italian manufacturers' superior financial performance.

Looking ahead, the study suggests that German manufacturers could enhance profitability through product customization and aggressive international expansion.


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