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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.

Interactive report on production development

A key indicator in economic analysis is the production trend. It shows the current performance of an industry. Forecasts are also frequently made with regard to production. The 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.

281 registrations of fire department vehicles in November

In November 2023, 281 new fire department vehicles were registered in Germany.

Process Engineering: Incoming orders & turnover October 2023

In October 2023, the process engineering sector recorded an increase in incoming orders and sales compared to the same month last year.

Facts and figures: Education and workforce in machinery and equipment manufacturing

In our theme publications, you will find facts, figures and data related to vocational training, engineering courses, skilled workers, mechanical engineers and women in machinery and equipment manufacturing.

World shipbuilding statistics and graphics to request

Newbuilding orders in global shipbuilding in 2023 are consistently stable.

Mechanical engineering in NRW: subdued mood despite large-scale plant business

In October 2023, demand for machinery and equipment from North Rhine-Westphalia was down 21% year-on-year in real terms.

October brings a lull in incoming orders

The monthly figures on incoming orders in the eastern German mechanical and plant engineering sector supplement our quarterly trend survey. The downward trend continued in October 2023.

Sales balance remains positive until September

In September, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering sector in Hesse fell for the third month in a row: Domestic: minus 16.1 percent, foreign: minus 19.9 percent.

Very mixed results until September 2023

Incoming orders for mechanical engineering in Rhineland-Palatinate have increased by 4.4% compared to the previous year. With the exception of June 2023, this is the second time since June 2022 that incoming orders for mechanical engineering in Rhineland-Palatinate have

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.

No longer a ray of hope

For the third month in a row, domestic orders for mechanical engineering companies in Saarland have fallen. At 40.4 percent, the decline in September was particularly sharp.

Two years of stagnation in global machinery

For 2023 and 2024, VDMA economists are forecasting price-adjusted global machinery turnover at the same level as 2022.

Young professionals around the world: Austria

Demographic change, a shortage of skilled workers, unfilled training positions - these are currently predominant issues in Germany when it comes to recruiting employees. But what is it like in other countries? We asked around locally.

USA: Economic indicators

Economic analysis and corporate planning require valid data for the relevant markets. This includes values for incoming orders, sales and inventories. We now show the development of these key figures in the USA in an interactive report.

Process Engineering: Incoming orders & sales September 2023

In September 2023, the process engineering sector was down in terms of incoming orders and up in terms of sales compared to the same month last year.

Order intake remains in the red in September

The monthly figures on order intake in the eastern German machinery and plant engineering sector supplement our quarterly trend survey. In September 2023, domestic orders were surprising, while foreign customers placed orders very cautiously.

East German mechanical engineering sector running out of steam

The economic slowdown in the eastern German mechanical and plant engineering sector can no longer be ignored. In the third quarter of 2023, the overall situation of companies deteriorated, with the mood fluctuating between hope and trepidation.

Eight-month sales balance remains positive

In August, orders received by the mechanical engineering sector in Hessen fell consistently for the second month in succession: Domestic: minus 11.1 percent, foreign: minus 4.7 percent.

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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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