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Market shares of the European Union-countries at rubber and plastics machines 2014

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 the 28 countries of the European Union in 2014, account for a value of €9.3bn.1

October 26th, 2015 - 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


The market shares of the product segments of rubber and plastics machines at the entire market of the EU 2014.

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 is €2.1bn. Germany is with 43% market share the leading country in the European Union regarding injection molding machines. Italy follows with 7% market share.

The market shares of the EU countries at injection molding machines with the EU 2014.

24 European Union-countries add up to a market share of 43%. Confidential, not published data from the manufacturers in these countries prevent a classification of this market share to European Union countries.

Germany and Italy sell 90% of the value of all extruders in the European Union

The market for extruders in the countries of the European Union accounts for €1.4bn. Of it Germany and Italy, these are 7% of the EU member countries, sell 90%. Austria ranks on third place with 8% market share.

The market shares of the EU countries at extruders within the EU 2014.

Germany with strongest position in regard to blow-molding machines

The value of blow-molding machines in the European Union stands at €900m. Half of this value sells Germany, Italy follows with 7%.

The market shares of the EU countries at blow-molding machines with the EU 2014.

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 35% lower than the export share of the entire machinery industry to the European Union, which is 46% (2014).  


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 second 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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