2023, a year full of excitement and workPublished 6/3 at 09:45
As my first year as president of the European Demolition Association begins to take its course, I would like to take this as an opportunity to share my thoughts about the current state of events, as well as the impact it might have on the demolition, decontamination and recycling sector.
2023 is an exciting and challenging year for EDA. Following the uncertainty brought by the Covid-19 crisis, we are starting this year with the goal of reaching more people and launching new initiatives that will make the DDR industries grow and improve.
The current economic situation has a direct impact on the sector. There is widespread concern on the demand side about rising interest rates, which affects all of us. Nonetheless, it is very difficult to make an overall analysis and predictions, as every country has its own conditions and nuances.
Taking Italy (which is the field of work I´m most familiar with) as an example, stability is something we expect in 2023. In this case, strong European support coupled with the upcoming 2026 Winter Olympics hosted in Milan, allows us to have an optimistic forecast of the economic situation. Altogether, I think that the first half of 2023 will provide the industry with a strong boost due to the results of the past year, which were generally good.
As for the second part of the year, there are still a lot of factors awaiting resolutions that will determine its outcome. The international conflicts, such as the war in Ukraine, as well as the general increase in raw material prices and limited availability and storage of components, make it difficult to make accurate predictions and analysis.
However, there are a lot of positive aspects that we look forward to this year. The main one is the return of face to face events. They are key to promote collaboration between international and national associations, contractors and suppliers in order to face the challenges of the market, gain exposure and discover new projects and, most importantly, learn from each other. In line with this idea, EDA will be celebrating its annual convention in Amsterdam, from 15 June to the 17 June.
Overall, while it is difficult to predict the future of the industry given the current climate, I would like my message to be hopeful. The demolition, decontamination and recycling industry in Europe needs our union more than ever; so, we must keep working towards joint solutions.
As a farewell, I´d like to wish my colleagues in the industry a prosperous New Year, and I am thrilled to continue working together for the betterment of the demolition, decontamination and recycling industries in Europe.
The EDA was founded in 1978 and is the leading platform for national demolition associations, demolition contractors and suppliers. The EDA has a strong focus on developments in Europe, which are of interest to the demolition industry.