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Market shares of the European Union-countries at rubber and plastics machines 2017

Half of the injection molding machines, extruders and blow-molding machines in the European Union coming from Germany

The rubber and plastics machines, produced in 28 countries of the European Union in 2017, account for a value of €10.2bn.1

Update July 19th, 2018 - The rubber and plastics machines are divided into more than one dozen of product segments. Of them the three product segments injection molding machines, extruders and blow-molding machines already cover half of the value of all rubber and plastics machines produced in the European Union.  


The other half consists of ten product segments, which reaches from machines for molding or retreading pneumatic tyres to machines for processing reactive resins.2

Market shares of EU countries at rubber and plastics machines 2017.

How do the market shares of the European Union-countries look like regarding injection molding machines, extruders and blow-molding machines?

Germany is the leading EU country with injection molding machines

The value of injection molding machines was €2.1bn in 2017. Germany was with a market share of 57% the leading country in the European Union regarding injection molding machines. Italy followed with 8% market share.

Market shares of EU countries at injection molding machines 2017.

24 European Union-countries added up to a market share of 31%. Confidential, not published data from the manufacturers in these countries prevent a classification of this market share to European Union countries.

Germany and Italy selling 89% of the value of all extruders in the European Union

The market for extruders in the countries of the European Union accounted for €1.7bn in 2017. Of it Germany and Italy, these are 7% of the EU member countries, sold 89%. Austria ranked on third place with 9% market share.

Market shares of EU countries at extruders 2017.

Germany with strongest position in regard to blow-molding machines

The value of blow-molding machines in the European Union stood at €1.2bn in 2017. More than a third of this value sold Germany, Italy followed with 17%.

Market shares of the EU countries at blow-molding machines 2017.

Also in this case not published data from the manufacturers hinder the allocation of one-third market share to further European Union-countries.

Intensified pressure for unlocking export markets outside EU

Like with packaging machines the high market shares of the German manufacturers of rubber and plastics machines within the EU explain the relatively small export share of these machines from Germany to the European Union. It is with 36% lower than the export share of the entire machinery industry to the European Union, which is 48% (2015).  


So intensified unlocking of export markets outside the European Union also belongs to the characteristics of the sector rubber and plastics machines. This already led to above average high export shares to countries outside of the European Union.


1 The value corresponds to production intended for sales with selling prices without revenue and indirect taxes.

2 The largest product segment „Machinery for working rubber or plastics“ cannot meaningfully be allocated, since subordinated machines in line play only a minor role.

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