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Industry structure of conveyor 2017

In conveyor group of smaller and medium-sized firms more distinctive than in machinery industry

Update June 25th, 2018 - The sector conveyor consists of 575 manufacturers (2017). Their partition into three groups along the company sizes opens up the view to different positions in competition.

Two thirds of the manufacturers of conveyor (360 firms) are smaller companies with fewer than 100 employees. Their shares at the total sales of the sector, however, is clearly lower with 19%. So the majority of the sector companies are in a strongly dependent position in the competition with the two other groups in the sector and opposite their customers and suppliers.


The opposite pole constitutes the large manufacturers with 500 and more employees. These companies stand for 42% of the sector sales but consist only of 3% of the sector companies (20 firms). These companies coin the sector, taking often a key position opposite their customers and suppliers.

Industry structure of conveyor 2017.

A narrow third of the manufacturers (167 firms) has between 100 and fewer than 500 employees. This group generates 39% of the sector sales. Its shares at companies, employees and sales are relatively close together. This proximity of the three sizes indicates a certain balance among the competition forces within the sector as well as in regard to the relations to customers and suppliers.


The group of companies with 500 and more employees has a somewhat weaker position in conveyor than in mechanical engineering as a whole. The share of sales of this group in conveyor is with 42% significantly below the share of sales of 53% in mechanical engineering.


This means at the same time a somewhat stronger position of the two groups of smaller and medium-sized companies than in the entire mechanical engineering sector.

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