After the boom recorded in 2021, the data on the sales of machinery and equipment for gardening and landscaping show a slight decline at the beginning of 2022. Among the variables that could affect the market in the coming months, according to FederUnacoma, we can consider weather trends and supplies of industrial raw materials. The year-end forecasts however indicate high sales volumes. The good performance of the battery continues.
In 2021, the increase was 14% (1,660,000 vehicles sold overall between motor and manual vehicles), with a particularly brilliant trend for almost all types. In the first three months of 2022, the sector recorded a decline of a few percentage points, while maintaining high volumes. The data released by Comagarden (FederUnacoma) and Morgan indicate in the period January-March a decline of 7.4% compared to the same period of 2021, a liability that the Association assesses as physiological in the face of the impressive increase (+ 39.4% ) which was recorded in the first quarter of last year.
"Examining the data for the quarter 2022 - explains Federica Tugnoli, Comagarden's Operations Secretary - we can see slight decreases for the main types, see the brushcutters, which lose just 2.7 percentage points on the previous year, the chainsaws that lose 5, 4% and lawnmowers that fell by 8.1%. Blowers / vacuums, on the other hand, recorded a decrease of 11.1%, hedge trimmers a decrease of 17.1% and garden tractors of 13.1%, a passive the latter slightly higher than that recorded for the trimmers (-11.9 %). Among the types of vehicles that show the most consistent drops are the mistblowers / sprayers (-29.3%) and snowplows (-22.3%), while in contrast there are lawn shears, which grow by 27.8% , pole pruners (+ 13.2%) and professional zero turn machines (+ 8.5%) ".
On the other hand, the battery trend is confirmed as positive, as in recent years. Hedge trimmers, blowers / vacuums and battery-powered lawnmowers recorded a low passive (respectively 10.6%, 4% and 2.6%), while all the other types of the segment (trimmers, pole pruners, chainsaws, brushcutters and lawn shears) recorded substantial increases, between 11 and 28%.
Analyzing the elements that influence sales on the national market, the Comagarden Secretary first indicated the meteorological variable. “The season was anomalous as it saw the prolongation of the cold even in the first weeks of spring - said Federica Tugnoli - and continues to be so due to the lack of rain; the combination of the two factors produces a slowdown in the vegetative activity of plants and therefore a delay in maintenance operations which is reflected in the purchase of specific machinery ".
But the market trend is also affected by factors relating to the dynamics of the production and commercial chain, see in particular the slowdown in production due to the shortage of plastic and ferrous materials for the manufacture of machines and the massive increase in the cost of energy, which lead to a delay in delivery times, and which have already caused the exhaustion of warehouse stocks for some types of vehicles. The problem relating to supplies for the sector industry - it was explained during the conference - is a variable that is destined to weigh for most of the year: energy costs remain very high and the raw materials front appears to be equally critical.
"The risk - concluded Tugnoli - is that the increase in production costs leads to an increase in price lists, a factor that can discourage especially the public of individuals and hobbyists, who in the era of lockdown had rediscovered the care of greenery and which could in part to turn towards new poles of interest ". Beyond the possible fluctuations, no shocks are expected for the current year. On the basis of sector monitoring, Comagarden expects a final balance in 2022 that is still good in terms of sales volumes. The projections indicate for the end of the year a decline of no more than 5.4% due to approximately 1,570,000 units sold overall, a quantity that is still greater than that recorded in the year 2020 and also compared to the average of previous years.