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Product segments of rubber, plastics machines 2008 - 2022

Trend toward higher-value rubber and plastics machines interrupted since 2021

Update June 23rd, 2023, 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 higher-value 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 especially from 2015 to 2015.

In 2021, average values of rubber/plastics machinery slumped 25% from their peak of €156,000 to €117,800.

Value per rubber and plastics machine from 2008 to 2022.

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 2022.
  • The highest share with 46% is allotted to the number of items of pre and subsequent processing machines such as mixers, kneading machines, cutting or crushing machines.

  • With 30% extruders follow.

  • 19% of all rubber and plastics machines are injection molding machines.

  • Molding presses (3%) and machines to produce celluar rubber or celluar plastics (2%) consist of 5% 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 extruders falls 2012 and 2013 but rises again from 2014 to 2016 and drops since then in an up and down to a value of €557,867 (2022).

The value of injection moulding machines rises almost consistenly and reaches €178,959 in 2022.

Presses and machine tools fluctuate significantly approacvhing their 2013 peak of €164,622 in 2022.

Value per product segment with rubber and plastics machines from 2008 to 2022.

Reaction resign molding machines climb to their previous high of € 890,488 by 2022.

Only pre and subsequewnt processing machines are well below the sector average of € 125,351 at € 48,074.

Higher-value 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.