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Industry structure of rubber and plastics machines 2014

Relatively strong group of medium-sized companies with rubber and plastics machines

October 5th, 2015 - The rubber and plastics machines' sector consists of 187 manufacturers (2014). Their partition into three groups along the company sizes opens up the view to different positions in competition.

Relatively stronger group of medium-sized companies

Almost two thirds of the manufacturers of rubber and plastics machines (117 firms) are smaller companies with fewer than 100 employees. Their shares at the total sales of the sector, however, is significantly lower with 15%. So the majority of the sector companies are in a strongly dependent position in the competition with the two other groups in the sector and opposite their customers and suppliers.


The opposite pole constitutes the large manufacturers with 500 and more employees. These companies stand for 35% of the sector sales but consist only of 4% of the sector companies (7 firms). These companies coin the sector, taking often a key position opposite their customers and suppliers.

The industry structure of rubber and plastics machines 2014.

One third of the manufacturers (63 firms) has between 100 and fewer than 500 employees. This group generates 50% of the sector sales. Its shares at companies, employees and sales are relatively close together. This proximity of the three sizes indicates a certain balance among the competition forces within the sector as well as in regard to the relations to customers and suppliers.


In the sector rubber and plastics machines the medium-sized company group takes a stronger position compared to the entire machinery industry. That is why its share at the sales is with 50% clearly higher than that of the machinery industry with 35%.


Accordingly, the position of the larger manufacturers of rubber and plastics machines is weaker developed than the related group in the entire machinery industry. The share at sales of the former one is 35% compared to 52% of the latter one.


An influencing factor for the relatively stronger position of the medium-sized group is based on the wide range of the product segments.

Sector consists of five segments of production

The rubber and plastics machines are divided into five segments regarding the machine numbers of items.

The segments of production of rubber and plastics machines 2014.
  • 35% of the machine numbers of items are allotted to pre and subsequent processing machines such as mixers, kneading machines, cutting or crushing machines.

  • Extruders follow with 33% in the segment of rubber and plastics machines.

  • 24% of all rubber and plastics machines are injection molding machines.

  • Molding presses and machines to produce celluar rubber or celluar plastics consist of 8% of the machines.
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