Some 13% of manufacturing managers expect investments in this sector to remain stable in the first half of 2023, compared to 14% of managers surveyed in the first half of 2022, according to the results of the half-yearly survey of private sector managers published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) on Thursday.
The INS survey also showed that 41% of business leaders in the manufacturing sector expect an improvement in investment in the mechanical and electrical engineering sector in the first half of 2023, compared to 36% in the first half of 2022.
The survey, conducted in November 2022 among a sample of 946 companies in the manufacturing sector, highlighted that 25% of company managers expect an increase in investment in the mechanical industries sector during the first half of 2023.
The balance of opinions on the level of investment in the food and agriculture sector in the first half of 2023 remains negative, at around (-9%).
The opinions of business leaders operating in the manufacturing sector showed a stability in the rate of change of total investments in the second half of 2022 compared to the first half of the same year, passing from 14% to 16%.
Nearly 37% of the opinions of business leaders are optimistic about the development of investment in the mechanical and electrical industry sector in the second half of 2022.
The balance of business leaders’ opinions on the positive evolution of investments in various manufacturing sectors has also improved, rising from 23% to 32% in the second half of 2022.
On the other hand, the opinions of industrial managers on the evolution of investments in the food and agriculture sector showed a decrease from 7% to -1%, in parallel with the textile and clothing sector, from 16% to 10%.
The same source revealed the stability of opinions regarding investments in the chemical industry and the building materials, ceramics and glass industry.