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Building, glass, ceramic machines and machinery industry 2008 - 2017

Building, glass, ceramic machines with boost of production and stagnating sales

This report documents the course of production and sales of building, glass and ceramic machines since 2008 compared to the German machinery industry.

July 2nd, 2018 - The production of building, glass and ceramic machinery rose sharply since 2015, more than doubling the production level by 120% in 2017 compared to the pre-crisis level.  In contrast, production in mechanical engineering fell by 2% in the same period.


The global economic crisis of 2008/2009 could not push the production of building, glass and ceramic machines into the red, rather production were increasing further and further until 2012. Then a sharp decline happened in 2013, followed by a stagnation phase until 2015.

Production and sales of building, glass, ceramic machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2017.

This period of stagnation was replaced in 2016 by significant growth, which intensified further in 2017. In a comparison of 2017 to 2015, production of construction, glass and ceramic machines increased alone by 75%.


Which product segments within this sector were responsible for this sharp growth?

Production of kneading, grinding and shredding machines soaring

Of the four product segments in the building, glass and ceramic machinery sector, the large number of kneading, grinding and shredding machines doubled from 101,100 units (2015) to 191,600 units (2017).

Production of the product segments of building, glass and ceramic machines from 2008 to 2017.

Sorting and mixing machines for stones, earth and ores could also significantly increase their production from 7,300 units (2015) to 9,000 units (2017).


Both product segments together already account for 93% of production in the sector.

Stagnating, below average sales development of building, glass, ceramic machines

Unlike production, sales were falling as a result of the global economic crisis. Only in 2011 sales exceeded their pre-crisis level by 9%. However, this also marks the peak in sales development to date. In the next three years, sales declined, then rose again above the pre-crisis level by 4% in 2015.


With a minus of 14% compared to the pre-crisis year, 2017 marked a new low in sales of building, glass and ceramic machines.


While production rose by 75% in 2016 and 2017, sales declined by 17%.

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