German machines in 2011: 6 thousand million euro

After a sustained surge in sales over the last two years, German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers have now broken the previous record set in 2008. For the first time ever, output in core machinery manufacturing will rise to six thousand million euro. The VDMA’s monthly representative survey shows that member firms’ sales were up by 23 per cent by the end of last year. Domestic sales were up by 18 per cent while the rise in deliveries to foreign customers was even greater at 25 per cent, although demand from euro area countries, up 15 per cent, lagged behind that from the rest of the world. The export ratio, which in the last two years had fallen below the 70 per cent mark, is now back to pre-crisis levels.

More than two thirds of plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers took on additional staff at sites across Germany in the second half of 2011, after nearly three quarters of respondents had increased their payroll in the first six months of that year.