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Market Analyst at Interconnection Consulting since 2013, Industry Expert for market data and product trends. Laszlo Barla is responsible for the preparation of studies and market forecasting models within the construction industry and gastronomy. He heads various consulting projects and is an expert in internationalization.

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China Helps Profiles Machinery Get Good Results

<i>In 2018, the market for aluminum, PVC, and steel profiles machinery grew by 2.0% worldwide. Due to a slowdown in growth in Europe and the NAFTA region, rather moderate growth figures are expected to continue in the upcoming years. According to a new study by Interconnection Consulting, average annual growth is projected to be 1.9% up to 2021.</i>

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<b>Market Overview<b>

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The Asia-Pacific region recorded the highest growth last year, with a plus of 5.5%. The market for profiles machinery enjoyed high growth especially in China. Another growth market is Africa, which was able to increase its market performance by 4.8% last year, even though it remains the smallest submarket with a market volume of EUR 15.9 million. The other emerging markets, such as Latin America (-6.9%) and the Middle East (-5.7%), suffered a decline in foreign investments due to political risks and volatile currencies. Europe, the largest submarket for profiles machinery, managed a growth of 2.2% despite the Brexit crisis. The battered British market was more than compensated by positive developments in Eastern and Southern Europe. The NAFTA states achieved a growth of 2.4% in 2018. Yet in the US, as well, industry is expected to lose some of its momentum over the next few years, which will further curb growth rates.

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<b>Service Is Releasing<b>

With a volume of EUR 398.7 million, profile bar machining centers is the strongest segment on the market, followed by cutting and milling machines. Overall, the machines have a share of 68.2%. Within profiles machinery, the 3-4-axis profile machines account for the lion’s share, with a share of almost 50%. Services are becoming increasingly important, now occupying a market share of 12.1% on the world market. “Machinery maintenance and regular service is mandatory and causing this sector to grow in almost every region worldwide,” states Laszlo Barla, author of the study.

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<b>Eastern Europe on the Upswing <b>

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Aluminium profiles machinery reached a value of EUR 353.1 million in 2018 (+5.0%) and is expected to increase by 3.4% next year as well. The largest markets for aluminum profile machines are Central Europe and NAFTA. In this segment, Eastern Europe is the strongest growing region with an increase of 13.9%. Due to technological advances, Eastern Europe is shifting from simple activities such as cutting and milling to the more profitable profiles technology. The PVC profile processing market grew by 2.9% worldwide last year. The Asia-Pacific region achieved the largest growth, managing a plus of roughly 25%. One driving force is the Chinese window market as PVC windows are getting bigger in demand. The dominant countries in the production of profiles machinery are Germany and Italy. In the aluminum sector, it is chiefly Italian companies that dominate the market, whereas German firms dominate the PVC sector. The top 10 companies worldwide in the aluminum sector have a market share of 76.8%, while in the PVC sector the market concentration is not quite as high (49.5%).

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Southern and Eastern Europe Keep Profiles Machinery on Pace

<i>The European market for profiles machinery for PVC, aluminum, and steel managed a modest growth rate of 2.2% last year, with a market volume of EUR 505 million. High growth rates in Southern and Eastern Europe were able to compensate for the negative effects of Brexit.</i>

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Profiles machinery are mainly used in automotive and window production. Only in Eastern Europe is the market share of PVC just above that of aluminum profiles machinery. Steel, with low single-digit percentages, plays only a subordinate role in the overall market.

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<b>Automotive Industry Boosts Aluminum Sector in Germany and France</b>

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Central Europe (the DACH countries, the Benelux region, and France) recorded a growth of 3.1% in 2018, with a market volume of EUR 231 million. The strong automotive industry and the high-quality window market are the driving forces behind the bullish aluminum market for profiles machinery. On the other hand, the market is characterized by a cut-throat price war in the PVC window market, which also has a strong influence on profiles machinery investments, according to Laszlo Barla, author of the study. In terms of machine types, the 3-4-axis profile machine segment leads the pack with a market volume of EUR 51.4 million. However, growth rates (+1.7%) in this product group are low. For this reason, the 5-axis machines may soon take the lead (+4.6%). Between aluminum and PVC, aluminum has a clear lead (56.9%) over PVC (41.5%).

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<b>Southern Europe in the Fast Lane<b>

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Southern Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the Balkan nations) recorded a market growth of 5.2% with a market volume of EUR 91.5 million. In addition to the Turin/Piedmont region with its automotive industry, the Italian window market is also experiencing a renaissance. In Spain and Italy, it is metal windows that are generating the largest sales. However, growth rates will decline somewhat over the next few years due to more moderate overall economic drive. Northern Europe (the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia) has lost its footing on account of the Brexit crisis (-4.6%). The output in the UK automotive industry declined by 11% in the first half of 2018. There is hope that the final Brexit agreement will instill a renewed sense of economic reliability. By contrast, the market in Scandinavia is developing steadily. The aluminum-to-PVC ratio is 55.9% to 42.9%. Eastern Europe recorded a market growth of 3.7% with a 20% share of the European market. The Visegrad states are the ones experiencing an economic boom. There are still a large number of small window producers in Eastern Europe looking for simple tools because of cheap labor. This demand is often met by cheap Turkish market participants.

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<b>German and Italian Manufacturers Dominate<b>

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Overall, the industry is dominated by German and Italian producers. Italian manufacturers, led by Voiláp and the FOM Group, are focused on the metal segment. German manufacturers such as URBAN and Rotox dominate the market for PVC profile machines.

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