Italian floods cause damage to IT vendors

The area around Ivrea, traditionally a center of IT manufacturing, was one of the hardest hit, with the Dora Baltea River that flows through the town breaking its banks in many places. More than 20 people were killed by the floods across northern Italy and the industry ministry estimates that damage will amount to more than 10 trillion lire ($US4.3 billion).

"For the moment it is very difficult to calculate the damage," said Federico Barilli, director of the Assinform industry association in Milan. "There has certainly been damage to the producers, to which one has to add the damage to IT users in the area," Barilli said in a telephone interview.

Among the worst affected was the Olivetti Group, whose Olivetti-Lexikon plants manufacture printers and photocopiers in the area. "The Olivetti-Lexikon plants at Ivrea, Aglie, Leini and Scarmagno are all producing as normal," an Olivetti source said. "At Arnad we are carrying out the necessary inspections and hope to resume production soon." The Arnad plant produces ink-jet technology for printers, he said. It is still too early to put a figure on the material damage and lost production, the source said. It was also premature to speculate on the potential market for replacing flood-damaged IT equipment used by companies in the affected area, he added.

Three companies operating from a former Olivetti plant in Ivrea -- the mobile phone company Omnitel Pronto Italia, the software solutions company Getronics and Diebold, the world's second largest manufacturer of automated teller machines (ATMs) -- all suffered flood damage, according to Laura Spezia, an official of the Fiom trade union responsible for the IT sector.

"Omnitel had flooding in the basement, while at Getronics they had water up to the first floor," Spezia said. "But they have all been back in action since yesterday." Office buildings in Ivrea used by Omnitel and the fixed line telecom operator Infostrada also suffered power cuts and other disruption for two days, she said.

Initial damage assessments for the area of Ivrea published October 20 found 30 companies reporting significant damage and another 500 unable to give an accurate picture of the damage situation.

"In general, hardware manufacturers did not suffer flood damage, only disruption to supplies and the availability of the labour force," Spezia said. "The flooding was terrible and has affected a lot of companies. There is no doubt it will have serious repercussions for the economy of the Piedmont region as a whole."

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Philip Willan

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?