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14 June, 2021

During its online General Assembly held on June 8, CECIMO, outlines that the optimistic forecasts for the recovery of Machine Tool (MT) demand, the expected investment growth, and the EU recovery fund, are generating positive outlook for the MT industry in the coming period.

Economic Outlook and Trends

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected numerous industries and the Machine Tools industry was no exception. There is no denying that a return to pre-crisis levels will likely take several years, if not more. However, after a very challenging year, the European Machine Tool Industry sees the light at the end of the tunnel, as economic statistics suggest a steady recovery. The machine tool market is set for solid growth in 2021 across all major geographies. As CECIMO President Dr Hans-Martin Schneeberger pointed out during his introductory speech, the resilience and recovery of our sector are central topics of this year’s CECIMO General Assembly.

In his opening speech Dr Hans-Martin Schneeberger stated that “CECIMO looks to the future with positivity and hopes that our industry will come out of this crisis more resilient than ever.

Economic data gathered by our teams and thoroughly discussed during this years’ Economic Committee Meeting, reinforces the idea of a return to pre-pandemic levels. The CECIMO Business Climate Barometer and responses from CECIMO companies highlight a positive business climate, with operating rates among many CECIMO companies going above 70% (April/May 2021). With the growth of 4% in both regions, the EU and EZ in Q4 2020, and 1% in Q1 2021, the Industrial Production Index reached pre-pandemic levels that we saw in the final quarter of 2019.

Based on internal figures, we did see a sharp decline in terms of production in the first half of 2020. CECIMO's total production in 2020 decreased by 26.7% compared to 2019 levels. But, with an output of €19.9 billion, CECIMO retains the leading position on the global MT market, with a 33% share at the end of 2020. The provisional figures for the first quarter of 2021 give us reasons for optimism, as orders for Machine Tools increased by 5% compared to the previous quarter and are 7% higher than in the same period 2019.

In terms of forecasts, in Oxford Economics’ baseline scenario (April 2021), world GDP is expected to rebound by 6% in 2021, supported by the rollout of vaccines, combined with a large fiscal stimulus package in the US. Global MT Demand is expected to grow by 15% in 2021 and 7.5% in 2022. European MT consumption is expected to recover to pre-crisis levels by 2022. However, further measures in the first quarter of 2021 and an increase in the number of new cases, mainly in Europe, may delay the recovery.

Across sectors, the slowest recovery is expected in the Aerospace Industry. Oxford Economics expects business growth in the Euro area to accelerate substantially from the second quarter on as mobility begins

to return to normal. They expect Eurozone GDP growth of 4.2% in 2021 and 4.7% in 2022, with GDP recovering to pre-crisis levels in 2022. Investments are also expected to increase by 5.0% in 2021 and 4.7% in 2022. Export volumes should rebound by 7.9% in 2021, followed by an increase of 6.7% in 2022.

Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General outlined that “thanks to the improved Business climate, Machine Tools' order forecasts and the expected growth in Machine Tool consumption, the conditions are very good in terms of EMO Milan, and that the fair is going to be a big success.

National governments would implement their national plans to ensure that our companies remain competitive for the long term. Global trade relations, the lack of raw materials, of semi-finished products, are certainly challenges ahead. In that respect, Dr Hans-Martin Schneeberger emphasizes that “stimulus funds should help manufacturers, including Machine Tool manufacturers, to adopt the dual transition and improve their productivity”.

“Although we look forward to a challenging period, Europe's Machine Tool Industry must emerge from this crisis, even stronger, technologically superior and remain a leader in the global order. We support European policy makers in building more resilient and stable supply chains to protect European manufacturing companies and call on them to support and accelerate the recovery of the most vulnerable industrial sectors” says Mr Marcus Burton, the Chairman of CECIMO’s Economic Committee.


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