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Exports of rubber and plastics machines 2008 - 2017

Shift back of the export markets for rubber and plastics machines accomplished since 2016

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The export markets that helped rubber and plastics machines to leave the world economic crisis are shifting again back to those markets that were dominating before the crisis. That concerns above all the European Union and the US. This shift back was accomplished in 2016.


Update July 23rd, 2018 - The export share to the European Union exceeded with 37% the pre-crisis level. The exports to the USA, which were stagnating for many years after the crisis, have been climbing since 2012 and are now above the pre-crisis level (11%) with 16%.

Export shares of rubber and plastics machines in main export countries from 2008 to 2017.

An almost reverse picture offers export markets regarding Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC countries) as well as Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey (MIST countries).


As a result of the world economic crisis the export share of rubber and plastics machine to the BRIC of countries rose from 23% to 28% (2010), to the MIST countries from 7% to 11% (2011).


However, the export shares to the MIST countries dropped in the following years to 8% (2014). Since then they have been climbing and reached 10% in 2017 close to their former top.


The export shares to the BRIC countries peaked with 28% in 2010 and 2011. However, they plunged to 22% in 2015 undercutting even their pre-crisis level. This process continued to 2017 with an export share of just 20%.


The shift back shows up in particular with the export markets China and the US.

The US replaced China as export country number one

The export shares to China and the USA established a complementary relationship. Sinking export shares to China were accompanied with rising export shares to the US and vice versa.


In 2015 the US replaced China as export country number one for rubber and plastics machines with an export share of 15%, while the export share to China reached 14%.

Export shares of rubber and plastics machines to the USA and China from 2008 to 2017.

Since then, the export quota to the USA have been stagnating at 16% and 17% respectively, while exports to China fell even further and, with an export quota of 11% in 2016, undercut even the pre-crisis level. Only in 2017 the export ratio to China rose to 13%, while that for the US declined to 16%. 


Since the USA replaced China as the number one exporting country, this has been the smallest difference of three percentage points between the two export quotas.

In 2017, three out of five exporting countries with lower export quotas to countries with low export shares

This development is partly combined with export shares to countries outside the EU, which have export shares of less than five percent.


This applies to countries such as Russia, Turkey, India, Brazil and Mexico. The export shares to these five countries were 16% before the global economic crisis, then climbed to 18% by 2011 and fell to its current low of 12% in 2014.


Since then the export share to these countries has remained unchanged at 14%.

Export shares of rubber and plastics machines to Russia, Turkey, India, Brazil and Mexico from 2008 to 2017.

In 2017, export quotas rose slightly to Russia and Brazil, while they fell slightly to Turkey, India and Mexico.

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