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Building, glass, ceramic machines and machinery industry 2008 - 2020

Building, glass, ceramic machines with boost of production and declining sales

This report documents the course of production and sales of building, glass and ceramic machines since 2008 compared to the German machinery industry.

Update November 22, 2021 - The production of building, glass and ceramics machines developed well above average compared with machinery industry. Unlike machinery industry, production did not even sink in the global economic crisis of 2008/2009.

By 2011, machinery industry had largely overcome the global economic crisis. By 2020, however, machinery industry's production had failed to grow, falling by -1.0% each year on average over these nine years.


In contrast, the building, glass, ceramics machines showed significantly above-average production growth of +4.7% per year during this period from 2011 to 2020.

Production of building, glass, ceramic machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2020.

To which product segments is this strong production growth attributable?

The sector is essentially made up of four product segments1. The product segment with the highest shares in terms of piece numbers and sales2 is kneading, refiners and shredder machines. Their share of unit sales in the sector is 83%, and their share of sales is 43% in 2020.

Shares of pieces and sales at building/glass/ceramic machines 2020.

Following the course of the unit numbers of kneading, refiners and shredder machines, we can see a strong increase from 2016 to 2018. Their course is marked by the red line in the diagram and the red scale on the right side of the diagram.

So primarily the kneading, refiners and shredder machines act as drivers of the above average production growth of the sector compared to the machinery industry.

Production of the product segments of building, glass and ceramic machines from 2008 to 2020.

Below average development of sales

During the global economic crisis, sales of the building, glass and ceramics machines was stronger than that of the machinery industry. Then, however, from 2011 to 2020, the sector's sales decreases on average by -2.4% every year, while sales of machinery industry grew by +0.3% every year.

Sales of building/glass/ceramic machines from 2008 to 2020.2008 bis 2020.

So the building, glass and ceramics machines combine significantly above-average production growth with below-average sales development compared with the machinery industry.


1 The sector building, glass and ceramics machiness includes other product segments than the four mentioned, such as excavators, tunnel boring machines, etc. However, these other product segments require special automation technology and are therefore not taken into account.

2 Official production statistics refer to value and define this as production valued at selling prices excluding value added tax. The difference to sales is mainly due to changes in inventories and can therefore be regarded as sales to a large extent.

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