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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.

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?

ifo Business Survey

The ifo Business Survey regularly provides indicators that allow an assessment of the economic development as well as the mood in companies. These so-called leading indicators can provide important information for assessing the future course of business.

Macroeconomic country information now as an interactive report

A new interactive web report provides a concise overview of the most important country-specific macroeconomic data - including forecasts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and information on the business environment.

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.

Global mechanical engineering to remain on growth track in 2023

The VDMA economists forecast price-adjusted turnover growth of 1 percent for the global mechanical engineering sector in 2023. However, turnover will decline in the EU-27 and the USA.

Mechanical engineering Saxony-Anhalt 2022 with significant sales growth

The mechanical and plant engineering sector in Saxony-Anhalt returned to growth in 2022. After a two-year dry spell, companies achieved an increase in sales.

Saxony's mechanical engineering sector continues to recover in 2022

Despite difficult conditions, Saxony's mechanical engineering companies are looking forward to an increase in sales in 2022 as a whole. The outlook for 2023 is cautiously optimistic.

Process Engineering: Order Intake & Sales January 2023

At the start of the year, both order intake and sales fall significantly below the previous year's level in January 2023.

Thuringia's mechanical engineering sector to continue growth in 2022

Thuringia's mechanical engineering companies continued the upward trend of the previous year in 2022, achieving double-digit sales growth despite the many obstacles to production.

Statistics service: Compact presentation of valve key figures

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

245 fire fighting vehicle registrations in February

In February 2023, 245 fire-fighting vehicles were newly registered in Germany.

Incoming orders in eastern Germany: Lackluster start to the year

The monthly figures on order intake in the eastern German machinery and plant engineering sector supplement our quarterly trend survey. Domestic and foreign orders declined in January 2023.

Exports of machinery and equipment increase by 6 percent

In 2022, Baden-Württemberg's machinery and plant manufacturers exported goods worth €46 billion - a nominal increase of 6.4 percent, or €2.8 billion, compared with 2021.

Overall balance remains positive for 2022

In the last two months of 2002, orders received by Hessian mechanical engineering companies again fell slightly.

Decline in orders and growth in sales

The balance sheet for 2022 is not good for domestic order intake in the mechanical and plant engineering sector in Rhineland-Palatinate: 6 months of growth are offset by 6 months of losses, as was also the case in December with minus 14.1 percent.

Surprisingly positive annual results

The result for orders from the domestic market was once again negative for Saarland's mechanical and plant engineering companies in December, with a decline of 2.9 percent.

Industry Structures North America

The VDMA regularly produces data sheets with structural data for the mechanical engineering industry. Currently, the statistics for the USA, Canada and Mexico for the year 2021 have been published. These are available in our statistics database.

VDMA Elevator Index rises at the beginning of the year

Sentiment in the German elevator industry brightened considerably at the start of the year. Companies were more satisfied with their current business situation. They are also significantly more optimistic about the coming months.

Record order backlog - optimistic economic outlook

A good end to the year and a large dose of confidence, but also noticeable production constraints - these are the results of the member survey for Q4 2022.

High growth rate in the third quarter of 2022

At 35 percent, the production data for general air handling technology show an extremely high growth rate, although the production increases for the individual sectors vary considerably in some cases.

Process Engineering: Order Intake & Sales December 2022

Positive annual balance for the Process Equipment sector: order intake and sales are up for the full year 2022.

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VDMA Infoportal Ukraine War
The machinery and plant engineering sector condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the strongest possible terms. The VDMA supporta its member companies in word and deed in order to master the many challenges that are arising.
Benchmarking is an instrument of controlling and corporate management for the analysis of processes, corporate success and developments.
Finance & Controlling
Globalization, digital transformation and the associated dynamics have substantial effects on Finance and Controlling. To ensure that the sector can continue to set the pace for value-added innovation in the future, new processes and competencies are required that enable secure, data-driven decisions based on resilient analyses and real-time forecasts.
Securing skilled workers
Almost 60 percent of employees in the mechanical and plant engineering sector are skilled workers. Alongside engineers, they shape the role of mechanical and plant engineering as a decisive enabler for green technologies.
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The VDMA provides support on the most important export-related issues, such as customs, export financing and export control. We also monitor and accompany developments in global trade policy.


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of companies in the mechanical engineering sector reported a production constraint due to a shortage of skilled workers in July 2022

Source: ifo Institute

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