Monthly Economic Activity

According to the results of the ifo business cycle test, average capacity utilisation in the industry fell to 83.9 percent in October.
Overview of the latest data for the mechanical engineering sector.
In this section, the most important charts on the economic situation in mechanical engineering are compiled in a compact form.


Germany accounted for 16% of total machinery exports (1,113 billion euros). After 2017, Germany's mechanical engineering sector thus continues to be the global leader in 2018, ahead of China (14 %), the USA (10 %), Japan (9 %) and Italy (7 %).
A new analysis by the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft (IW) shows that the loss of competitiveness, productivity weakness and high regional inequality are problematic for Italy.
Astonishingly high degree of self-sufficiency in mechanical engineering - Germany by far the most important foreign supplier ahead of Sweden - Wood and paper industry important industrial sector
National and international political and economic uncertainties cloud the prospects for mechanical engineering companies.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Order intake September 2019 - Balance sheet for the first 9 months in mechanical engineering
A sharp 11 percent increase in orders from the euro partner countries brightened the sky for the German mechanical engineering sector a little bit in September. In September 2019, companies recorded a 4 percent decline in orders in real terms.