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All facts & figures on mechanical and plant engineering


The VDMA statistics database offers all VDMA member companies fast and convenient access to economic information on all aspects of mechanical engineering. The use of the VDMA Order Intake and Sales Statistics Germany is exclusively reserved for those companies that participate in the survey.




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The VDMA economists regularly evaluate relevant price indices for the mechanical engineering sector down to the individual goods level. On the one hand, the indices reflect the development of prices at machinery manufacturers, but they also provide a good orientation for the cost development of important intermediate products such as metals and metal products, but also plastics and electronic components.

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Price development now as an interactive report

The situation in most mechanical engineering companies is currently characterized by the tense situation with materials and preliminary products. Not only disrupted supply chains are causing problems, but also the sharp rise in prices.

Production development interactive

Production development is a key indicator in economic analysis. It shows the current performance of an industry. Forecasts are also often made with regard to production. VDMA economists therefore always keep a close eye on this indicator.

Information on foreign trade in machinery

Here you can find information about the modules "Foreign trade in machinery (annual values)" and "German, EU27 and UK foreign trade in machinery (monthly values)" of the VDMA statistics database.

Official Industry and Commodity Classifications

How are official statistics structured? Can comments to the headings be found?

Update: Interactive Macro Facts Report

Get an overview of the most important macroeconomic data for all countries in the world - including forecasts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and information on the business environment.

Key figures of foreign subsidiaries

Our new interactive report on foreign affiliates provides information on the number of subsidiaries as well as their employees and turnover - by EU reporting country and by industry. Get an insight into the investment structure of your target markets.

Exports to Africa and Middle East

How are exports to Africa and the Middle East developing? Which are the largest local markets, which product groups are most in demand and what are the most important supplier countries? In our theme publication you will find facts, figures and data on foreign trade with Africa and the Middle East from the perspective of the mechanical and plant engineering sector.

Significant export growth to the MENAT region

Machinery exports to the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey have increased significantly and are reaching record levels in some countries. There are some surprising developments.

Norway: A portrait of the partner country of Hannover Messe 2024

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USA: Interactive economic indicators

We have expanded our range of data for the USA: A new dashboard provides further economic indicators for individual sectors and the economy as a whole. Keep up to date with economic developments in the USA.

The only ray of hope: Europe

In December, domestic orders for mechanical engineering companies in Saarland rose by 9.5% compared to the same month last year. This was the sixth month of growth in 2023.

Mixed annual balance sheet

Incoming orders for mechanical engineering in Rhineland-Palatinate fell by a further 21% in December. The only ray of hope is the 2% increase in domestic incoming orders, following a four-month decline.

Statistics service: Valve key figures in compact form

As an important service, VDMA Armaturen offers member companies regular updates on key industry facts relating to the building and industrial valves industry.

178 registrations of fire department vehicles in January

In January 2024, 178 new fire department vehicles were registered in Germany.

Small ray of hope for incoming orders abroad

Incoming orders for mechanical engineering in Rhineland-Palatinate fell by a further 5.9% in November. The only ray of hope is the 0.5 percent increase in incoming orders from abroad.

Process Engineering: Incoming orders & sales December 2023

For the month of December 2023, the process engineering sector recorded an increase in incoming orders and a sharp drop in turnover compared to the same month of the previous year.

Mechanical engineering NRW: Year closes with a clear loss

In December 2023, incoming orders in North Rhine-Westphalia's mechanical and plant engineering sector fell short of the previous year's level by 25% on a price-adjusted basis.

Unexpectedly strong December order intake saves 2023 annual balance sheet

The eastern German mechanical and plant engineering sector closed 2023 with an above-average level of incoming orders. However, this does not represent a turnaround.

Process Engineering: Price indices - Monthly update

With a monthly update, which is exclusively available for download to VDMA member companies, we inform you about the development of the price indices for goods in the field of process engineering.

East German mechanical engineering remains in rough seas

In the fourth quarter of 2023, the economic picture in the eastern German mechanical and plant engineering sector was just as sobering as in the previous quarter: weak customer demand, moderate capacity utilization and worrying mines when looking to the future.

VDMA: Tractor registrations remain at the previous year's level

In the past year 2023, tractor registrations in Germany remained at the previous year's good level; statistics recorded a total of 30,336 newly registered tractors.

Eleven-month sales balance remains positive

Incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Hesse fell for the fifth month in a row in November

Another decline in orders

In November, both domestic orders and incoming orders from abroad fell by 5.4% and 3.5% respectively for Saarland mechanical engineering companies compared to the same month last year (see Table 1).

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of companies in the mechanical engineering sector reported a noticeable or serious impairment to a shortage of skilled workers in June 2023

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