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With figures that are still provisional, the Machine-tool and advanced manufacturing technologies sector has slightly increased its turnover in 2015, by 3.4%. Despite the difficulties of the financial year, which started better than it finished, global data indicate that the increase in this figure has been driven by metal cutting, which has increased by 4.6%. Metal forming, however, has dropped slightly, by 0.16%, practically maintaining 2014 figures. Components have also dropped by 7.9%, driven by the situation in China, but the other subsectors, other machines (+9.5%), tools (+6.7%), accessories (+5.6%) and machining (+6.3%), have improved with respect to 2014.
AFM’s president, Antxon López Usoz states: “We consider that this year’s result is satisfactory for our companies and we hope that, if there are no complications, the positive trend will be maintained in 2016. In any case, we know that these are very complicated times.The international situation has still been undergoing a strong transformation.Over the last few years, we have seen a displacement of the demand for machine-tools from Asia towards the American continent, with Europe investing more cautiously.Thus, whilst USA, Canada and Mexico offer stable growth perspectives, in Europe, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, together with the Spanish market, there is a slight increase.However, the main driving force in Europe, which is the Germany market, has still not taken off.On its part, Asia has experienced a considerable decline, which was forecast by the orders captured in 2014; and Russia and Brazil, for different reasons, continue to suffer from a very difficult situation.
On the other hand, the drastic variations experienced by oil and the dollar, have generated practically the same number of complications as opportunities”.
Exports dropped in 2015 by 1.8%, but the levels remained high, as shown by the figure of 1.07 billion Euros, a historical third best figure. If we analyse the export data by countries until the month of October, we can see that for the first time, the list is headed by the USA, followed by Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and China (the latter, the first market in 2014). The ranking is completed with the main export destinations, Portugal, Mexico, France, Poland and Russia. The growth of the USA is noteworthy as it has practically trebled the figure obtained at the same time in 2014, with Italy doubling it and the United Kingdom increasing by 40%. On the other side of the coin, the strong fall experienced by China, the decline of Russia and the slight recession of Germany and France.
Orders in 2015 grew by more than 10%, generating good occupation expectations for 2016. This increase in orders is based on metal cutting in the domestic market, and metal forming, in the export market.
Spain is once again the first market, as in 2013 and 2014. Domestic consumption has increased by 24.4%, maintaining the upward trend of the last few years. “The impulse that we have been observing in the domestic market leads us to believe that we are gradually recovering industrial competitiveness.There is still a lot to be done, but we believe that the investment support plans started up by the Basque administration over the last few years have helped promote the renovation of the machinery pool, and we trust that this will extend to the rest of the country, to continue advancing along that same path.Insofar as industry has the latest production innovations, it will be able to recover its place as the motor of the economy”, declares López Usoz.
The president of AFM adds: “In 2016, we expect a slight increase in the domestic market turnover, maintaining sales in foreign markets, offsetting destinations and occupying specialised product niches”.
29 BIEHM, BILBAO, FROM 30 MAY TO 4 JUNE
“Companies are committing to renovation and, in this sense, the BIEMH is going to attract the most relevant manufacturers and distributors of advanced production systems that are competing at an international level, and also the most demanding buyers, giving rise to very interesting commercial opportunities".
One of the novelties this year, presented under the motto of “Smart solutions”, is the birth of ADDIT3D, a specialised fair in additive manufacturing that hopes to become the best platform to disseminate and promote additive manufacture and 3D technologies. Driven by BEC and ADDIMAT, it will be held at the same time as BIEMH 2016, from 30 May to 4 June.
It must also be highlighted that different examples of 4.0 smart applications will also be on display at the fair, opening up a wide range of functionalities and smart services in the equipment presented. BIEMH will witness the start of what is already being called the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Another new element will be the WORK Inn Employment Forum that seeks to capture talent for the industry and will put young technical career students in contact with companies that need to hire highly qualified people who are prepared for the new industry of the future.
2015 PROVISIONAL DATA