In Ravenna and CNA’s Bedeschi room in a video conference on Thursday, the initiative “Raw Materials Grow: A Transient Event or the Beginning of a Cycle?” In the case of rising raw material prices, especially on the current and future situation and impact of the international crisis. Economist Lucio Poma was the guest in the evening. After greeting Matteo Leoni, president of the Ravenna Territorial CNA, the theme was introduced to Andrea Dalmont, president of the CNA production Ravenna.
“Two years after the epidemic – which began in Dalmont – when the symptoms were soothing and steadily increasing, changes in scenario and international structure presented us with new losses: raw material and energy prices rose at an indicative level, difficulties in getting supplies of certain types.” The war in Ukraine contributes to this. In addition, the risks of inflation trigger a dangerous spiral that undermines the confidence of consumers who prudently review their buying intentions. The CNA has arranged a meeting with Professor Poma to try to clarify the implications of the crisis and what the future holds. “
Lucio Poma then intervened: “After the first month of the epidemic, the world economy suddenly accelerated, creating an unprecedented situation that was exacerbated by the outbreak of war in Ukraine. Epidemics and war have united Europe much more: this new unity must be used to adopt new industrial policies, as the current situation requires global decisions and solutions. The Italian economy is experiencing a period of tremendous growth, but it involves a greater demand for energy and raw materials (not in our country). “Our country is more dependent on gas than any other European country, and the huge volatility of raw materials has attracted the interest of big speculators, increased price volatility and difficulty in procurement.”
“All of this has created a situation of great uncertainty and instability with which our country’s system has to learn to coexist. In this situation, the task of small and medium-sized enterprises is how to best fit into these new processes. Everything is interconnected today. “For which the contribution of small companies is fundamental ৷ and in this context – in Poma’s conclusion – the role of associations is even more important, which must create and create a critical mass – favorable conditions for companies in these processes.”
The initiative was concluded by Ravenna’s CNA Director General, Massimo Mazavillani, who announced: “The CNA has already begun the process of deepening and structuring the role of SMEs in this new context. Businesses need to learn to realize change and actively manage it, thanks to the many tools implemented by CNA through relationships with organizations, the world of training and research, opportunities and services. We’re working hard to build a network of companies with shared interests from a supply chain perspective, and we must take to the streets with determination, because we will never go back to the epidemic. “
Finally, regarding the gas issue, the director of CNA said: “The unfortunate choice made in 2018 to stop gas extraction in our country, unfortunately we are now paying for its results with a very influential effect. It is impossible to recover what has been lost in these four years, but it is time to make full use of the resources we have, to improve the already active gas extraction and to make the search process for new extraction sites as simple as possible. Emphasis also needs to be placed on renewable energy and diversification of gas supply sources. In this context, it is imperative that Mazavillani continue to implement an industrial policy at the European level, setting a new recovery plan, including a suspension of the Stability Pact, to provide a maximum limit on gas prices and allow adequate investment. The solution to these problems that are slowing economic growth is the 2022 forecast.