Economic situation foundry machinery

VDMA Metallurgy / Foundry Machinery – back on track for growth
In 2017, sales of German foundry equipment manufacturers recovered considerably, by 6 percent compared with the previous year. This was especially due to a rise in sales to countries outside the Eurozone, which grew by 25 percent on average compared with 2016. On average during the course of the year, orders received rose by 3 percent, starting from the strong base reached in the previous year. While there was a slight fall in orders from Germany, the positive trend in orders from the Eurozone continued.
VDMA Foundry Machinery: manufacturers expect moderate growth in sales in 2017
Worldwide, trade in the sector fell by more than 13 percent in 2016. In this environment, German foundry machinery exports rose by almost 2 percent in 2016.
VDMA Foundry Machinery: manufacturers expect sales downturn in 2016
"...Sales could fall within the single-digit range by up to 5 percent. As in previous years, results may be better for suppliers in the nonferrous metal castings sector,” said Dr. Timo Würz, Managing Director of the VDMA Foundry Machinery specialist association.

Economic situation metallurgical plants and rolling mills

VDMA Metallurgy - Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills: global growth provides a tailwind in 2017
For last year, the results of the latest economic situation survey of the Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills sector of the Metallurgy specialist association indicate sales growth in the low double-digit range (12 percent) for last year. As regards orders received, there was also a slight upward trend in the second half of 2017 (up 3 percent). Growth was significantly more pronounced in the large industrial plant segment*. However, with a total value of slightly more than €1.5 billion, the production volume in Germany was about 5 percent below the figure for the previous year.
Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills: slight upward trend from low prior-year base
In the spring, the mood in the industry improved slightly. There was an upward trend in export data. Sales figures for January and February 2017 and the results of the economic situation survey carried out by the VDMA Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills specialist association indicates that sales will no longer stagnate this year.
Low investments impact on industry results
In line with overall developments, annual average production fell to a value of slightly more than €1.5 billion in 2015, 22 percent below the figure for the previous year. On the basis of figures provided by respondents to the ifo survey in the metallurgical plant and rolling mill sector, capacity utilization has fallen since the beginning of the year compared with the average for 2015. In April, capacity utilization was 75 percent.

Economic situation thermo process technology

VDMA Metallurgy / Thermo Process Technology: Turnaround for the world market leader in 2017
2017 saw a turnaround for German thermo process equipment manufacturers. This was already apparent at the beginning of 2017. Over the course of the year, there was a further slight fall in orders from countries outside the Eurozone. However, strong investments in the Eurozone resulted in a sales increase of 10 percent on annual average compared with the previous year. In 2017, the production volume of this sector in Germany recovered by almost 8 percent.
VDMA Thermo Process Technology: Germany increases market share, with decline in world trade
World trade in thermo process equipment fell by 11 percent in 2016 as a whole. Nevertheless, Germany was able to increase its market share to 19 percent and remained the world market leader.
VDMA Thermo Process Technology: World market leaders from Germany assert their position
At year-end 2015, German thermo process equipment suppliers reported an increase of 6 percent in orders received, compared with 2014.

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