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Machine exports from North Rhine-Westphalia declined in the first half of 2020 and suffered from the effects of the corona pandemic, particularly in the second quarter.
New orders in June 2020 were down 30 percent year-on-year. Domestic orders lost 22 percent, while foreign orders fell by 34 percent. Orders from the eurozone fell by 30 percent and those from outside the eurozone by 36 percent.
In the first six months of this year, the machinery and plant manufacturers in North Rhine-Westphalia recorded a significant nominal decline in sales of minus 11.9 percent compared to the same period last year.
Incoming orders in June 2020 showed a change of minus 26 percent compared to the previous year. Orders from Germany lost 21 percent, while orders from abroad fell by 28 percent. The decline in orders from the euro zone was minus 25 percent and from the non-euro zone minus 29 percent.
The VDMA's 7th Blitz Survey shows that the majority of North Rhine-Westphalian mechanical engineering companies expect the situation to improve in 2021 after a disappointing year in 2020. However, it will take even longer before the sales level of 2019 is reached again.
In May 2020, incoming orders recorded a change of minus 18 percent compared to the previous year. Domestic orders increased by 1 percent, while foreign orders fell by 26 percent. The decline in orders from the eurozone was minus 19 percent and from the non-eurozone minus 28 percent.
The corona pandemic is being felt throughout the mechanical and plant engineering sector in North Rhine-Westphalia. However, according to the VDMA's 6th Blitz Survey, the majority of North Rhine-Westphalian mechanical engineering companies (more than 80 percent) are confident that they will be able to return to the nominal sales level of 2019 by 2022.
In April 2020, the order intake recorded a change of minus 23 percent compared to the previous year. Domestic orders were down 12 percent and foreign orders were down 28 percent. The decline in orders from the euro zone was minus 19 percent and from the non-euro zone minus 31 percent.
The corona pandemic continues to have a firm grip on the mechanical and plant engineering sector in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the VDMA's 5th Blitz Survey, almost all of the North Rhine-Westphalian mechanical and plant engineering companies surveyed see their operations impaired. The results reflect the responses of 697 companies - 191 of which are from NRW.
The corona pandemic is now also having a significant impact on mechanical and plant engineering in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the 4th Blitz Survey of the VDMA (709 companies were surveyed, 190 of them from North Rhine-Westphalia), 87 percent of the North Rhine-Westphalian machine and plant construction companies surveyed believe that their operations are affected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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