According to the public and private business leaders, who have been surveyed by the ONS, the industrial activity decreased in the first quarter of 2018, in particular in the Steel, Metal, Mechanical and Electronic Industries (ISMMEE), the Chemical Industry and the Wood Industries.
The demand for manufactured goods has increased during the period under review. Sectors of building materials and food processing recorded the highest increases, said private company bosses covered by the survey.
Over 66% of the leaders of public company managers and 87% of those if private companies expressed satisfactions with all the received orders. Raw materials have been supplied in less quantity than requested, according to more than 34% of the public companies and nearly 19% of the private ones.
Concerning employment, the surveyed public company leaders said their staff declined while the private sector bosses reported stability.
Over 88% of the surveyed public leaders and most private sector bosses deem "sufficient" the personnel competence level.
74% of the public company leaders and the majority of private sector bosses said that even if they increase their staff, it will not raise the volume of production.