The analysis exclusively used data from the Federal Statistical Office, in its actual version concerning the year 2012. This data is based on legal obligations to report being more complete therefore than statistics of associations.
At first regarding the sizes of the firms a clear partitioning into three groups shows up:
- Two thirds of all firms of the machinery industry (64%) have less than 100 employees.
- 30% of all firms have 100 up to less than 500 employees.
- And only 6% of the firms employ 500 and more employees.
The survey considers additionally the turnover in these three sizes of firms.
As a result the picture turns around directly.
- The smaller firms constituting two thirds of all firms show only a share of 13% at the total sales of the machinery industry.
- The 30% medium sized firms reach a share of 36% at the total sales of the machinery industry.
- The 6% large and very large firms cover 51% of the machinery industry.
The smaller companies, however, are in a strongly dependent position in the competition with the two other groups of the machinery industry and opposite their customers and suppliers. The average turnover of these smaller companies is 80% below the average turnover per company in the machinery industry.
There is the 6% of the large companies, which determine the machinery industry and often take a key position opposite their customers and suppliers.
The link to the published survey in the Quest Trend Magazine is http://www.quest-trendmagazine.com/....