The maxi bills create a domino effect. “Forced to give up some orders”

The maxi bills create a domino effect. “Forced to give up some orders”
The maxi bills create a domino effect. “Forced to give up some orders”

Prato, 23 October 2021 – “It could have been a year that ended decently and instead we have to deal with the methane tariffs that have become unmanageable. We talk about increases of 500%: the gas bill has increased fivefold, i price increases they are worth millions of euros. At this rate the only alternative is to stop the machines “.

Also Iacopo Scuccimarra della Rifinizione Cambi raises the alarm cry that has been bouncing around the district for weeks on the devastating consequences of the gas and energy price increases. It does so a few days after the visit of Undersecretary Caterina Bini, to whom Ivo Vignali of Confindustria had explained that “the estate of the district, with its 40,000 employees, is at risk”.

“Vignali is right, at certain costs it is better to close”, confirms Scuccimarra. “A company like ours thrives on manpower and energy. If the cost of these bills increases disproportionately, it becomes impossible to go on. We have no profit margins of millions of euros. Honestly, we are in difficulty, almost confused by what is happening. happening and forced to pass the increases on to customers. But in this way we all risk going out of business “. Giovanni Gramigni of Lanificio Bisentino, on the other hand, speaks of the need to “spread the price increases throughout the supply chain, right up to the final consumer”.

“Who in the year after pandemic closures can take on even tighter margins, close to zero?”, Asks the entrepreneur. “It is evident that no one can afford it, so we must all suffer this imposition. Such a strong increase must be treated as if there had been an increase in the price of a fundamental component of production. As if, for example, the price of wool had increased. processes will charge us based on what they pay for energy and we will adjust our prices “. At the same time Gramigni identifies an element of danger.

“We need to understand what the situation is in the rest of the world. Because if production costs increase only for made in Italy, then we risk struggling to stay on the market. Unfortunately for some time now we have been defenseless in the protection of Italian brands and our only one. The weapon is to continue to focus on quality, paying for know-how and competence. In all this, an invitation to be vigilant is made to the institutions, because the energy price increases have been anomalous and very important “.

Someone in the district to defend themselves from the risk of working in remittance has decided to impose minimum thresholds for production rates. “I have given myself a limit of oscillation”, says Lido Lascialfari, of the homonymous weaving mill. “Below that threshold I don’t go there and give up on orders, because energy and personnel costs have already risen over time and now there has been an incredible boom. The very existence of the company in the future is at stake.” Lascialfari also analyzes all the other critical issues in the district. “The main concern is about finding raw materials on the market”, he concludes. “A difficulty that also makes it difficult to plan the work. For example, some components of the yarn are missing, which therefore do not allow the order to go ahead. And then it is increasingly difficult to find labor to enter or specialize in textiles. Time and resources are needed, and the costs cannot always fall on the shoulders of the companies. It is necessary to start again from the offer of the schools, forming every single category of workers in the district “.

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