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Industry structure of rubber and plastics machines 2022

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

Update June 23rd, 2023 - The rubber and plastics machines' sector consists of 205 manufacturers (2022). Their partition into three groups along the company sizes opens up the view to different positions in competition.

Relatively strong group of medium-sized companies

Almost two thirds of the manufacturers of rubber and plastics machines (128 firms) are smaller companies with fewer than 100 employees. Their shares at the total sales of the sector, however, is significantly lower with 16%. 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 51% of the sector sales but consist only of 4% of the sector companies (9 firms). These companies coin the sector, taking often a key position opposite their customers and suppliers.

Industry structure of rubber and plastics machines 2022.

One third of the manufacturers (68 firms) has between 100 and fewer than 500 employees. This group generates 33% 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 in regard to the share of the employees to the entire machinery industry. That is why its share at the sales is with 49% higher than that of the machinery industry with 40%.


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

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