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Sector Developments German machine tool orders slide again in Q3, but near-record output expected for 2012

Editor: Eric Culp

International demand supports production growth as domestic orders fade, industry association VDW said.

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VDW Managing Director Wilfried Schäfer said the value of machine tool production this year would reach nearly €14 billion, which is close to the industry record.
VDW Managing Director Wilfried Schäfer said the value of machine tool production this year would reach nearly €14 billion, which is close to the industry record.
(Source: VDW)

Orders for German machine tools fell 11% in the first three quarters of 2012 versus the year-earlier period, but the industry expects production this year to almost match the record attained in 2008, according to the VDW, Germany’s association of machine tool manufacturers.

The 4% decline in orders in the third quarter was the fourth consecutive quarterly slide and followed a 20% plunge in July-September, the association said. It noted that in the third quarter, domestic orders dropped 12%, but international demand remained at last year’s level.

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Even though orders have been falling since the final quarter of 2011, production in the first nine months of this year has increased 12%, so the association has raised its growth forecast for 2012 from 6% to 8%, according to VDW Managing Director Wilfried Schäfer. He noted that the value of production this year would reach nearly €14 billion, which is just below the industry record of €14.2 billion in 2008.

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