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Product segments of machine tools 2017

Production and sales in the machine tool sector coin five of its ten product segments

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The diversity of the ten product segments of machine tools is associated with stronger and weaker positions in the sector in terms of unit numbers and sales.

October 15th, 2018 - The machine tool sector comprises the diversity of ten product segments. These are the product segments in alphabetical order

  • Bending, folding and straightening machines
  • Deburring and grinding machines
  • Drilling, milling and thread cutting machines
  • Forging machines and presses
  • Machine tools for the removing of all kinds of material
  • Machining centres, multi-way machines and transfer lines
  • Turning machines
  • Planing and sawing machines
  • Shearing, notching machines, hollow puncher
  • Other machine tools for non-cutting machining.  

The position of each of these product segments is different in the sector depending on whether the share of units in the total output of the sector or its value share in the total product value of the sector is considered.  

This report classifies the product segments according to their importance for production and value1 resp. sales of the sector.

Product segments of machine tools 2017.

Three product segments already account for 61% of the sector's total production. These production-dominant product segments are

  • Forging machines and presses (27% piece share)
  • Deburring and grinding machines (20%)
  • Drilling, milling and thread cutting machines (14%).  

Their value share is significantly lower with 29%.  

Adding two further product segments to these three production-dominant product segments, namely machining centers and turning machines, the value share of these five product segments rises to 70%.  

Conclusion: Production and value or sales in the sector coin five, i.e. half of the product segments. These five product segments comprise 72% of the sector's unit sales and 70% of its value resp. sales.


1 The official statistics determines value as production, evaluated to selling prices without value added tax. So the difference to the turnover lies mainly in changes of inventories, i.e. value may be understood as turnover with good approximation.

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