New Year, finally…
At the end we go against the mainstream
launching an optimistic signal for 2006: the year 2005 was
fairly good for the clean mobility and signals are fine for
2006. “Finally” someone
says “thank goodness” we prefer. Light and shade
are there, as usual, but a non-catastrophic scenario at least.
Certainly the excise on LPG is still high (and good surprises
could be in the financial act…), incentives are not
yet structural and always procedures seems complex, but actually
a virtuous circle began which could give good results, if carefully
You’ll read inside, incentives
by the Ministry of Productive Activities and of the Environment
are starting, which have been awaited and useful, at least
for many. The number of conversions are timidly increasing:
130,000 conversions in 2005 in comparison with the 110,000
in 2004 (miles offfrom the 250,000 in the legendary 2000!)
Workshops are working even at 15 days stand-by. Demand increases,
production increases, prices fall. That is a definite and
useful rule. The winch with pain disappeared from the face
of the industrial operators, not yet happy are the gas retailersbut
can state that the drop decreased.
This is positive as the sale fall has even reached –10%
monthly while only -5% is now.
Everything is ok? Don’t exaggerate: it is going better
than in December 2004, thus the season’s greetings are
not out of place finding a non upset sector, even not quiet.
Sadly the gas sector trend is traditionally wavering and the
market curve is much more similar to the alternating current
chart than to an industry graph but for curve peak to be lowered,
industry must use this development stage for investing in research,
installers training, quality updating and principally in communication.
Communication not only for single trade marks, is could be
also good, but also in general giving demonstration that the
LPG or CNG option is ecological right, economically valuable
and technically safe. And drivers have to be told, otherwise
users will onlyknow about limitations, incentives, parking
and risks etc. without having the true knowledge of the product,
of the meaning of gas conversion and of the deriving economic
and ecological advantages. All those main producers courageously (let’s
tell it) exhibiting at the Motor Show did a significant step
answering users and not only installers. We believe that this
is the right way. Now the sector is ready enough to accept
the challenge and to get out of the niche.