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China is still very important to Baden-Württemberg’s machine builders. However, the industry is concerned about developments there and is trying to find new markets. The chairman said that the Chinese leadership’s goals of integrating Taiwan by 2027 should be taken seriously VDMA Mechanical Engineering Association In Baden-Württemberg, Matthias Kammüller.
Kamüller, who is also a member of the board of directors, is leaving at short notice Trumpf Laser Specialists in Detzingen (province of Ludwigsburg), but relations are not expected to deteriorate significantly. For the machine builders of Baden-Württemberg, who on Wednesdays gather at a general meeting with guests from politics in Fellbach (Reims-Mor district), China is the second most important exporting country after the USA. According to the association’s president Kammüller, the demand for high-tech machines in particular in China remains high. In the middle segment, on the other hand, the Chinese are more competitive. “A lot of people find it difficult.”
Machine makers want to grow in the USA and Asia
Machine makers from Baden-Württemberg are pinning their hopes on the USA: in the first half of 2022, export volumes grew by a fifth compared to the same period last year. The rest of Asia is also a good growth market and South America has also developed well according to VDMA.
The industry is having trouble finding new recruits. According to a recent VDMA survey, two out of three machine builders are looking for skilled workers. In the last survey in 2019, it was about every second company. Demand is likely to continue to rise in the coming years.
Order books for machine builders promise slight growth
Despite the pressure on special components in the Chinese procurement market – according to the VDMA, there is hardly any alternative supplier of optical components – the machine builders in Baden-Württemberg are relatively optimistic about the near future: the backlog of large orders is currently helping, and there are said to be signs of aberration. Slight in requests received. In terms of sales, the industry still expects slight growth for the next year.