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Product segments of rubber, plastics machines 2008 - 2017

Trend to value-added rubber and plastics machines since 2015

Update July 24th, 2018, first published October 14th, 2013 - The sector rubber and plastics machines overcame the world economic crisis 2008/2009 more dynamically than the machinery industry. Already in 2012 number of items of rubber and plastics machines climbed above their pre-crisis level while machinery industry did not succeed in doing this by 2017 on a yearly basis.

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Trend to value-added rubber and plastics machines

The chart, based on the companies’ data for the Federal Statistical Office regarding numbers of items of the machines and their selling prices, acknowledges the trend to rising average values of the rubber and plastics machines since 2015.

Value per rubber and plastics machine from 2008 to 2017.

Sector consists of five segments of production

The rubber and plastics machines are divided into five segments regarding the machine numbers of items.

The product segments of rubber and plastics machines 2017.
  • The highest share with 35% is allotted to the number of items of extruders.

  • With 29% follows pre and subsequent processing machines such as mixers, kneading machines, cutting or crushing machines.

  • 26% of all rubber and plastics machines are injection molding machines.

  • Molding presses and machines to produce celluar rubber or celluar plastics consist of 9% of the machines.

The average values of the product segments, however, represent a very different picture.

Values developing differently in the product segments

Values are developing differently in the product segments in particular regarding frequent changes of direction.


The average value of extrusion falls 2012 and 2013 but rises again from 2014 to 2016 and drops then to a value of €177,418.


The value of injection moulding machines rises from 2011 to 2013, stagnates 2014 and rises again by 2017 to €149,148 (2017).


Presses and machine tools rise in their average value from 2012 to 2013, fall again from 2014 to 2016 and rise again to €133,595 in 2017.

Value per product segment with rubber and plastics machines from 2008 to 2017.

Reaction resign molding machines (not recorded in the chart) fall clearly in their value to €198,000 in 2012 rising since then up to a value of €422,895 in 2015.

Value-added machines as response to stagnant world markets

The tendency to value-added rubber and plastics machines can be understood as response to the increasingly stagnating export markets.


Increases in value like higher function variety and higher performance intensify competitive advantages. This development shows up with packaging machines to a still stronger extent.


Export markets may also stagnate because demand for machines is shifting towards unit cost price-optimized one-purpose-machines. This is to consider in each case.

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