Monthly Economic Activity

Overview of the latest data for the mechanical engineering sector.
In April, machine capacity utilisation dropped to 77.3 percent.
In this section, the most important charts on the economic situation in mechanical engineering are compiled in a compact form.


730 member companies took part in the 5th VDMA Corona flash survey. Almost all machine manufacturers (98%) have been affected by the crisis: while the order situation is worsening, the supply chains are stabilizing.
The effects of the corona pandemic continue to put immense pressure on German mechanical engineering companies. The order situation in particular is causing problems, but there are signs of a slight easing in the supply chains.
In which areas do the engineers in mechanical engineering work? Where are the needs? Is a shortage of applicants to be expected? What is the age structure? These and other questions are answered in the VDMA engineering survey. The detailed version for the year 2019 is now available.
Macron's reform policy is bearing fruit, as evidenced by corporate investment, for example.
Dr. Ralph Wiechers: Incoming Orders March 2020
The corona pandemic reached the mechanical engineering industry at the end of the first quarter: in March 2020, order intake fell short of the previous year's level by 9 percent in real terms. Domestic orders fell by 2 percent. The decline in foreign orders was more pronounced at 12 percent.