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How Pump and Compressor Exports are Heading for Growth

| Author / Editor: Christoph Singrün, Ulrike Mätje / Dominik Stephan

In the world trade volume of around €31 billion (2012), German manufacturers account for about 16 per cent (figure 2), well ahead of the USA and China (with 12 per cent each). Europe remains the key sales market for German fluid pumps, accounting for altogether around 58 per cent of the exports.

FIG 2: Main exporting countries, percentage shares.
FIG 2: Main exporting countries, percentage shares. (Source: Federal Department for Statistics / VDMA)

Asia accounts for a further quarter of sales, with 9 per cent of exports going to North America. German pump exports to North America saw a clear increase in 2012. Demand for German pumps grew particularly in the USA with 11.7 per cent. Mexico nearly doubled its imports, but this accounts for only 8 per cent in the total volume of exports to the NAFTA.

There has been a clear decline in growth in Asia. Increases were only registered in deliveries to Singapore and Thailand. Exports to Africa declined for the third year in succession. In 2012, the main customer countries – South Africa and Egypt imported 5 per cent and 16 per cent respectively lesser pumps from Germany than in 2011. The key customer countries for Germany in 2012 were China, the USA, the Czech Republic, France and Russia.

Compressors, Compressed Air and Vacuum Technology: Production is Growing Again

According to the Federal Statistical Office, in 2011 compressors, vacuum pumps, compressed air machinery and tools were produced at a value of €4.9 billion. This value decreased slightly in 2012 (-1.8 per cent). Turbo compressors have a significant share of production with around 38 per cent, followed by rotating displacement compressors with 19 per cent, vacuum pumps with 15 per cent and parts for vacuum pumps and compressors with 13 per cent. In the first three quarters of 2013, production generated €3.9 billion. This is a growth of 10.7 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year. The volume for the whole year 2013 is estimated at €5.2 billion.

The incoming order statistics obtained from the VDMA members for the overall year 2013 ,show demand to be 8 per cent above the previous year’s level, due to good domestic demand (figure 4). Turnover generated in the overall year 2013 was 11 per cent higher than in the previous year.

FIG 4: Price-adjacent order receipts Compressors, compressed air/vacuum technology based on turnover 2010 = 100, moving three-month average.
FIG 4: Price-adjacent order receipts Compressors, compressed air/vacuum technology based on turnover 2010 = 100, moving three-month average. (Source: VDMA)

Germany Still No. 1 for Exports

Given a slight decline in production, exports by German manufacturers of compressors, compressed air and vacuum technology continued to increase in 2012. In 2012, Germany supplied 5.1 per cent more goods abroad than in 2011, corresponding to an export volume of €5.2 billion. Volume for the whole year 2013 is expected to be on a similar level.

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