June 13, 2022

EFESME develops a survey to understand the market evolution

With the intention to better understand how the EU lift market evolved in the past 12 months, EFESME developed a survey among its members and collected inputs covering the period from May 2021 to May 2022.
The aim of the survey was to better understand the evolution of the EU market in the past 12 months
during and after the pandemic

The final report developed by the EFESME Secretariat presents a detailed picture on the situation in EU market, in order to give SMEs a  first tool to understand what kind of installations wasbeing placed in the market, how many of them at both national and European level, and how national markets are moving and evolving. It was of course thought and developed from a SME point of view.

It deals with topics such as:

  • Types of installation
  • Traction systems
  • State aids during the pandemic

EFESME wanted to have from their national members some a direct feedback on the various issues and on how the different national governments have reacted to the ongoing situation. In this way, it was possible to to discover the different approaches to support SMEs in these difficult times.


The Italian lift market

What emerges from the EFESME survey is the particularity of the Italian situation, where there has been a great effort on the part of the national government in terms of helping and stimulating the business world.
Specifically, in the lift sector there are government incentives, depending on the type of work to be done, with bonuses ranging from 50% of the cost up to total coverage of the investment. These percentages also vary if the system meets the requirements for the removal of architectural barriers, for example, or if it is a modernisation according to the latest standards.

Some of the Italian state aids were:

  • To building owners to improve the energy performance of buildings;
  • To improve seismic resistance of buildings;
  • To renovate old buildings and its installations (lifts included);
  • In the form of fiscal credits that can be sold to banks.

As far as the Italian situation is concerned, which is an unique example of its kind, it has been possible to observe a growth in orders in excess of supply and/or what can be offered, regardless of shortage of raw materials and related market speculations.

From what EFESME learned from its national members with this survey, no other situations like the Italian case have emerged at national level regarding state incentives that have gone to help especially SMEs in this particularly difficult time. Although the lift sector has been recognised as fundamental and crucial everywhere, and has therefore been able to continue working even during the most grave moments of the pandemic, EFESME was not told of any other examples of state intervention to support the sector itself and its enterprises, leaving the Italian situation an isolated but positive case for the industry.

Some other European markets

Regardless of this situation, at the European level, other considerations need to be made. The lift markets in Germany, Spain and France, from what EFESME has been able to gather from discussions with its national members, despite not enjoying concessions or not being favoured by specific bonus dynamics, have remained very active markets and have managed to reach almost per-pandemic numbers again.


The EFESME Secretariat remains at your disposal should you have any more questions on the EFESME market survey and final report.

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