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Export structure of machine tools 2017

Machine tools more strongly focused on growth markets than machinery industry

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This report compares the export markets and export regions of machine tools with those of mechanical engineering for 2017. And it highlights the export markets, which absorb the lion's share of machine tools.

A separate report deals with the trends in the export markets and regions of machine tools since 2008.

August 13th, 2018 - A comparison with mechanical engineering clearly shows that machines tools are more strongly focused on growth markets.

A report about global industrial production since 2008 and another report about the development of machine exports from Germany to these regions examine the extent to which these are growth markets.

Export shares of machine tools with machinery industry 2017.

The manufacturers of machine tools


  • export to the stagnant countries of the European Union with 41% export share relatively fewer than the machinery industry altogether with 49%

  • are more strongly focused on the somewhat more dynamic BRIC countries with 27% and in particular on the still continuously growing China with 21% than the machinery industry with 10%

  • use more strongly the growth dynamics of the MIST countries with 8% export share than the machinery industry

  • benefit more from the temporary stimulation in the US (12%) than the machinery industry.

A glance at the development of the export regions of machine tools since 2008 shows that this stronger orientation toward growth regions than in machinery industry continued in 2017, but weakened.

83% of the machine exports going only to 17% of the export countries

The export structure of machine tools is very concentrated.

  • 83% of the machine exports going only to 17% of the export countries.

The ten export-strongest EU countries for rubber and plastics machines cover 34% of all exports. These ten European Union-countries are in descending ranking of their export share Italy, France, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, Hungary and Sweden.

Export concentration of machine tools 2017.

Further ten export countries cover 49% of all exports.

These are the four BRIC countries (27%), the four MIST countries (8%) and the US and Japan (14%). 83% of the remaining 100 export countries take in contrast only 17% of all exports.

The export structure of the German machinery industry shows an even higher degree of concentration.

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