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Food processing machines and machinery industry 2008 - 2017

Growth of food processing machines above machinery industry

This sector 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 2020.

Update June 11th, 2018 - 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 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 grew even slightly above average.


From 2014 to 2017 production of food processing machines grew higher by 3% than that of machinery industry.

Production of food processing machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2017.

Only in 2017 production of food processing machines exceeded its pre-crisis level, while that of machinery industry still persists below its pre-crisis level.

Sales of food processing machines growing more strongly than those of machinery industry

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

Sales of food processing machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2017.

From 2014 to 2017 sales of food processing machines grew more strongly than those of machinery industry.


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

Foreign sales of food processing machines slightly higher than those of machinery industry

Foreign sales with food processing machines took the role as growth engine over from domestic sales in 2013 by growing strongly and above average. However, in 2015 foreign sales again gave 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 2017.

From 2014 to 2017 foreign sales of food processing machines increased slightly higher than those of machinery industry.


Domestic sales of food processing machines exceeded their pre-crisis level in 2015 and 2017 while those of the entire machinery industry could not by 2017.


The growth expectations of the machine-builders to 2020 in the sector food processing machines shows a separate report.

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