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Food processing machines and machinery industry 2008 - 2016

Food processing machines terminate 5 years of growth in 2015 and 2016, growth expectation above average

This sectors analysis compares production and sales of food processing machines with the machinery industry in Germany since the pre-crisis year 2008. It also highlights foreign and domestic sales and the growth expectations, the related machine-builders have up to 2018.

August 8th, 2016 - Food processing machines and machinery industry are both related to the year 2008 as their common starting level in order to make the differences in their developments clearer. 


During the crisis food processing machines plunged less deeper than machinery industry. Then production of food processing machines was growing continuously for five years. This growth even lasted when the machinery industry dropped again in 2013. In 2014 food processing machines were even growing slightly above average.


This five-year-old growth period turned into a decrease of production in 2015 that was intensified in the first half-year 2016. Also the production of the entire machinery industry pointed to a decrease in the first half-year 2016.

Production of food processing machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2016 first half-year.

The production of both food processing machines and machinery industry could not exceed their pre-crisis level from 2008 yet.

Sales of food processing machines also dropped 2015 after five years of growth

Like production also sales of food processing machines also dropped for the first time 2015 after a five-year growth stage.


In opposite to food processing machines sales in machinery industry continued their slight growth also in 2015, which was interrupted in 2013.


However, in first half-year 2016 sales' decrease fo food processing machines are intensifying while sales of machinery industry are also decreasing.

Sales of food processing machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2016 first half-year.

The sales of both food processing machines (2013) and in machinery industry (2014) could exceed their respective pre-crisis level.


The background of this development belongs to the relation of domestic and foreign sales with food processing machines.

Foreign sales become growth engine in 2013 but take this role over to domestic sales in 2015

Foreign sales with food processing machines take the role as growth engine over from domestic sales in 2013 by growing strongly and above average. However, in 2015 foreign sales again give off this role to the domestic sales, dropping while domestic sales continue to rise.

Domestic and foreign sales food processing machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2016 H1.

In the first half-year 2016 both sales drop, domestic sales even more strongly than foreign sales. In the machinery industry, however, the appropriate decreases are pronounced far smaller.

Above average growth expectations of the machine-builders until 2018

Expectations of the machine-builders with food processing machines for the growth of machine production to 2018 are pronounced above average. Machine-builders expect an above average growth with annually 4.7% in the comparison to the machinery industry with 3.7%.

The growth expectations of food processing machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2016 H1.

The above average character of these growth expectations is properly based on the slight above average development of the production of food processing machines since 2013.


It reflects further that the production of food processing machines indicates relatively smaller fluctuations than that of the machinery industry as the first chart illustrates. So only 31% of the manufacturer of food processing machines see a zero growth (27%) or a decrease (4%) to 2018. In the machinery industry this share consists of 40%. On the other side with a share of 23% see an average growth of under 5% more as twice as many machine-builders of food processing machines than in the machinery industry (11%).

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