Sustainability is a keystone for the valve and tap sector

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A near past of growth, a present that oscillates between stability and contraction and a future of potential development thanks to sustainability. This is the identikit of the Cusiano-Valsesian tap and valve manufacturing district, which represents the most important center of the Italian valve and tap manufacturing industry.

Valentina Rizzio, marketing & communication manager of Vir Valvoindustria Ing. Rizzio SpA of Valduggia (VC), predicts that «2023 will end with a group turnover of over 70 million, at the same levels as 2022. Our company, having as its markets of reference North America with Canada and Northern Europe, was not affected by the decline in the German and Russian markets. For 2024, in Italy there is some general concern in our sector due to the blocking of various bonuses and the slowdown in the construction sector, but we who export over 80% expect substantial stability. In recent years, companies in our district have shown themselves to be increasingly attentive to the issue of sustainability. We are about to obtain the Environmental Product Declaration, the document that describes the environmental impacts linked to the production of 1 kg of valves, in terms of energy consumption and raw materials, waste production, atmospheric emissions and discharges into water bodies. This will be information that will help customers choose more sustainable products with a better environmental impact.”

According to Roberto Cimberio, CEO of Cimberio Spa (valves) of San Maurizio d’Opaglio (NO), «the sustainable future and the objective of a green turning point are great opportunities for companies, including local ones, which can thus dedicate themselves to the development of innovative products capable of aiming at energy saving. Unfortunately, the desire for energy requalification clashes with the economic difficulties of the various governments, with the consequence that the times are extended and the green push becomes weaker”. The CEO of Cimberio underlines that «2023 for our district ended with a contraction and the prospects for 2024 are even worse. The situation will worsen, because in 2023 there was still the boost from the superbonus, which translated into investments that were completed this year. The investments planned for 2024 have instead been postponed, also due to geopolitical factors. The green push could really be the key to changing this trend: but the difficulties faced by European governments do not allow us to be optimistic.”

Maurizio Bellosta – CEO of Bellosta Rubinetterie SpA, from Briga Novarese, vice president and group leader of sanitary tap manufacturers of the Italian Valve and Tap Manufacturers Association – underlines that «after the pandemic, up until last year our sector benefited from a huge rebound and the long wave continued until mid-2023. Then, the end of the bonuses, the crisis in Europe and the rise in rates contributed to causing a decline, with fluctuating demand. For our company, however, which invoices 90% on the Italian market, the contraction was lower than that of competitors oriented towards foreign markets, so we are able to close at the same levels as in 2022. For 2024, it is difficult to say too much. A helping hand to our sector comes from the green turning point: our company is obtaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for water saving. These types of products open a different chapter for operators, who choose them for their lower consumption.”

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