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The corona pandemic is now also having a significant impact on mechanical and plant engineering in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the latest quick poll by the VDMA (709 companies were surveyed, 190 of which were from North Rhine-Westphalia), 87 percent of the North Rhine-Westphalian machine and plant manufacturers surveyed believe that their operations are affected.
In March 2020, order intake showed a change of minus 18 percent compared with the previous year. There was no change in Germany, with 0 percent, and 27 percent fewer orders came from abroad. The decline in orders from the euro zone was minus 14 percent and from outside the euro zone minus 32 percent.
In February 2020, the order intake recorded a change of minus 4 percent compared to the previous year. Domestic orders were up 8 percent, while 10 percent fewer orders came from abroad. Orders from the eurozone increased by 23 percent, while new orders from outside the eurozone fell by 21 percent.
Incoming orders in January 2020 showed no change compared to the previous year. At the beginning of the year, 9 percent more orders were recorded in Germany and 5 percent fewer orders came from abroad. Orders from the euro zone increased by 16 percent, while new orders from outside the euro zone fell by 12 percent.
Order intake in December 2019 was down 10 percent. There was no change in domestic demand with /- zero. Foreign business was down 13 percent on the previous year. Orders from the euro zone rose by 16 percent, while new orders from outside the euro zone fell by 22 percent.
The order intake recorded a minus of 4 percent in November 2019. There was a change of -3 percent in domestic demand. Foreign business declined by 4 percent compared with the previous year's level. Orders from the euro zone increased by 1 per cent and decreased by 6 per cent from outside the euro zone
Order intake was down 6 percent in October 2019. Domestic demand changed by -3 percent. International business declined by 8 percent compared with the prior-year level. Orders from the euro zone fell by 5 percent and from the non-euro zone by 9 percent.
The turnover of the North Rhine-Westphalian mechanical and plant engineering industry is expected to settle at 43.5 billion euros in 2019, slightly below the level of 2018 (44.4 billion euros).
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