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Building, glass, ceramic machines and machinery industry 2008 - 2022

Building, glass, ceramic machines with strong production growth 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.

Update June 16th, 2023 - The production of building, glass and ceramics machinery is a growth sector in the machinery industry. Unlike machinery industry, it did not fall in the global economic crisis of 2008/98. And its production increased fivefold compared with machinery industry by 2022.

The production of building, glass, ceramics machines grew significantly by +5.8% per year from 2008 to 2022, while that of machinery industry declined by -0.6% per year during the same period.

Production of building, glass, ceramic machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2022.

To which product segments is this strong production growth attributable?

The sector is essentially made up of four product segments1. The product segment with the highest shares in terms of piece numbers and sales2 is kneading, refiners and shredder machines. Their share of unit sales in the sector is 83%, and their share of sales is 43% in 2022.

Shares of pieces and sales at building/glass/ceramic machines 2022.

Following the course of the unit numbers, kneading, refiners and shredder machines show a strong increase from 2016 to 2018. Their course is marked by the red line in the diagram and the red scale on the right side of the diagram. The number of units of machine tools for stone, ceramics and glass is also growing dynamically during this period.

These two product segments act as drivers of the above average production growth of the sector compared to the machinery industry.

Production of the product segments of building, glass and ceramic machines from 2008 to 2022.

Stagnating, below averge development of sales

In the global economic crisis of 2008/09, the sales of building, glass, ceramics machines fell less sharply than those of machinery industry. Overall, sales of building, glass, ceramics machines remain flat at 0.01% per year until 2022.

By contrast, machinery industry achieves slight sales growth of 1.2% per year.

Sales of building/glass/ceramic machines from 2008 to 2020.2008 bis 2022.

So the building, glass and ceramics machines combine significantly above-average production growth with below-average sales development compared with the machinery industry.


1 The sector building, glass and ceramics machiness includes other product segments than the four mentioned, such as excavators, tunnel boring machines, etc. However, these other product segments require special automation technology and are therefore not taken into account.

2 Official production statistics refer to value and define this as production valued at selling prices excluding value added tax. The difference to sales is mainly due to changes in inventories and can therefore be regarded as sales to a large extent.

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