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Relief or calm before the storm? New report about production and sales of the German machinery industry

Production and sales of German machinery industry also continued their sideways movement in November 2014. Their smaller fluctuation ranges in 2014 became apparent. The new report discovers: That often means calm before the storm.

(PresseBox) (Bochum, ) According to the data of the Federal Statistical Office for November 2014 production slightly increased to 119.0 and sales to 129.6 index points. The multiyear analysis of both sizes since the beginning of the world economic crisis in the year 2008/2009 in the Quest Trend Magazine assigns these current data to the continuous sideways movement.

Production has been varying since 2011 around an average level of 113.4 index points within a sideways range from 88 to 133 index points. In the same way sales have been running. They have been swinging since 2012 around an average level of 121.3 index points within a sideways range from 97 to 146 index points.

Production and sales swung from January to November 2014 compared to the previous year neither to new highs nor to lower lows. In fact, their fluctuation range has become smaller. A view on the charts of their courses since 2008 indicates that such reduced fluctuation ranges within the sideways ranges since 2011 (production) resp. 2012 (sales) functioned as preparatory stages for much larger peaks.

It is the global economic background, which shapes this development of the strongly export-oriented machinery industry. Currently the world economy indicates, as analyzed in the Quest Trend Magazine, a close entwinement of growth, stagnation and setbacks in the three important country regions, i.e. the industrialized countries, the BRIC and the MIST countries.

This mixed situation of growth, stagnation and setbacks in the world economy reflects itself in the development of the export-oriented machinery industry in 2014 hindering so far both a deeper sagging as well as a continuous growth of production and sales compared to the previous year. Hence quite larger fluctuations may arise.

A typical development of the world economy for the stage of crisis overcoming would be a unified growth of the worldwide industrial production. However, the close entwinement of growth, stagnation and setbacks indicates a non-typical development, affected by the three resp. four structural changes, which were already analyzed in the Quest Trend Magazine.

They are also leaving their mark on the stage of crisis overcoming in the German machinery industry.

The report is available in German and English language on

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Quest Trend Magazine publishes trends in automation from the users's point of view mainly in machinery industry, automotive and F&B industry. The economic backdrop of these trends are highlighted as well.

The trends are based on market surveys by Quest TechnoMarketing, Bochum, London, specialized in market surveys and marketing for the automation technology for more than 20 years and the publisher of the Quest Trend Magazine in English and German language.

The economic backdrop is analyzed by Quest Research, a department of Quest TechnoMarketing.