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Textile machines and machinery industry 2008 - 2017

Production and sales of textile machines stagnating in changeful course

This report compactly documents the course of production and sales of textile machines since 2008 in comparison to mechanical engineering.

July 4th, 2018 - Production and sales of textile machines are showing a changeful course, also clearly visible compared to machinery industry.


In the world economic crisis, production fell more sharply than that of the machinery industry but then a steep rise happened from the crisis low to 2011 - much more dynamic than in mechanical engineering as a whole. The year 2011 also marked a production high for textile machines (106.1 index points), which will only be slightly exceeded six years later with 106.8 index points (2017). 


In these six years, production grew and decreased for a total of three years. In other words, production of textile machinery has been stagnating since 2011 at a level by 6% above the pre-crisis level of 2008.

Production of textile machines compared to machinery industry since 2008.

Production in the machinery industry has also been stagnating, with a slight upward trend since 2014.


Between 2014 and 2017 production of textile machines lagged behind machinery industry's production by 3.5%. This backlog does not result from the absolute difference between the two production levels but from the differences in their respective rates of change.

Sales of textile machines growing weaker than in machinery industry

The development of sales of textile machines is similar at a somewhat higher level to the production of textile machines: a dynamic rise from the crisis low until 2011, then a five-year stagnation phase that ended in 2017 with a new sales high (115.9 index points).

Sales of textile machines compared to machinery industry since 2008.

Compared to machinery industry, sales of textile machines fell by 2.5% since 2014. This is primarily due to domestic sales.

Domestic sales of textile machines showing a sinking tendency since 2011

While foreign sales are very similar to total sales of textile machinery, the declining trend in domestic sales is clearly visible in the diagram.

Domestic and foreign sales of textile machines from 2008 to 2017.

While foreign sales of textile machinery fell by 3% compared to foreign sales in machinery industry, the shortfall in domestic sales of textile machinery to machinery industry is 8%.

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