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Sector rubber and plastics machines and machinery industry

The sector rubber and plastics machinery grew stronger than machinery industry in 2016 but setback in first half-year 2017

This report compares production and sales of rubber and plastics machines as well as their domestic and foreign sales with the machinery industry from 2008 to 2017 relating both to 2008 as the last year before the last world economic crisis.

Update September 6th, 2017 - Production of rubber and plastics machines has been developing in three stages since 2008, the pre-crisis year of the last world economic crisis.


During the crisis production of rubber and plastics machines plunged deeper than that of machinery industry, but climbed up faster from the trough and exceeded quickly the pre-crisis level. In 2012 the race of catch up was accomplished.

Production of rubber and plastics machines from 2008 to 2017 compared to production of machinery industry.

In the last two years 2013 and 2014 in both the sector rubber and plastics machines and the machinery industry growth were replaced by stagnation resp. slight setbacks.


Since 2015 production of rubber and plastics machines and of the entire machinery industry have been growing again.

Sales of rubber and plastics machines

The course of sales of rubber and plastics machines in the comparison to the machinery industry since 2008 shows likewise that the world economic crisis hit the sector stronger than the machinery industry as a whole.

But the sector could overcome this crisis faster than the machinery industry altogether. 2011 sales were already above pre-crisis level while the machinery industry could make this happen only three years later in 2014.

 

Since 2015 sales with rubber and plastics machines has clearly been growing stronger than that of the entire machinery industry.

Sales rubber and plastics machinery from 2008 to 2017 compared to machinery industry.

Foreign sales led dynamically out of the crisis and rose again strongly in 2015/2016

The distinction of sales between domestic and foreign sales reveals since 2008 that the weal and woe of this sector are determined by foreign sales.


Foreign sales developed very dynamically in the years 2010 and 2011. Then dynamics slowed in 2012 and 2013, intensified as a setback in 2014. But during the last two years foreign sales grew again strongly.


Foreign sales of the machinery industry grew comparatively only slowly.

Domestic and foreign sales with rubber and plastics machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2017 H1.

Domestic sales cannot keep pace. On the contrary, they developed below average since 2008 growing until 2012, stagnating for one year, again growing in 2014 and anew stagnating in 2015 and finally growing again in 2016.


Altogether domestic sales are still clearly below pre-crisis level.

Split growth expectations

The continous switch between stagnation and growth in production of rubber and plastics machines during the last years shaped the manufacturers' growth expectations.


These growth expectations are split: In the context of a market survey in 2017 about the use of servo drives to 2020 in the German machinery industry, 42% of the investigated machine-builders of rubber and plastics machines did not expect any increase of production until 2020, while 58% are expecting higher production numbers. And those production numbers laid higher not by 5% or 10% but by 20% and higher.

Growth expectations of the sector rubber and plastics machines to 2020.

So the growth expectations of the sector until 2020 stands at yearly 6.9% compared with the machinery industry at yearly 5.5%.

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