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Industry structure of machine tools 2017

Position of mid-sized firms in the sector machine tools is stronger than in machinery industry

Update June 26th, 2018 - The sector machine tools consists of 508 manufacturers (2017). Their partition into three groups along the company sizes opens up the view to different positions in competition.

Almost two thirds of the manufacturers of machine tools (313 firms) are smaller companies with fewer than 100 employees. Their shares at the total sales of the sector, however, is significantly lower with 13%. 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 46% of the sector sales but consist only of 5% of the sector companies (27 firms). These companies coin the sector, taking often a key position opposite their customers and suppliers.

Industry structure of machine tools 2017.

One third of the manufacturers (168 firms) has between 100 and fewer than 500 employees. This group generates 41% 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.


In the sector machine tools the medium-sized company group takes a stronger position compared to the entire machinery industry. That is why its share at the sales is with 41% clearly higher than that of the machinery industry with 35%.


Accordingly, the position of the larger manufacturers of rubber and plastics machines is somewhat weaker developed than the related group in the entire machinery industry. The share at sales of the former one is 46% compared to 53% of the latter one.


An influencing factor for the relatively stronger position of the medium-sized group is based on the broad range of its product segments.

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