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German machine tool orders remain at high level

Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2022 were 44 per cent up on the same period last year. There was a 44 percent increase in orders both from within Germany and from abroad.

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“Orders for our industry continued to flow in during the first quarter of this year,” commented Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main. “They were only 8 percent below the figures posted in the record year of 2018,” he continued. However, the effects of the Russia-Ukraine war are expected to become more pronounced in the coming months, he said. This is evidenced firstly by the most recent growth rates, which have been significantly lower. Secondly, the supply bottlenecks remain the biggest problem and are far from being resolved. “This issue will be with us for quite a few months,” Schäfer fears.

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Robotics and Automation with High Order Intake but Disrupted Supply Chains

-Sector forecasts growth of 6 percent in 2022

-Sales in 2021 stronger than expected

-Shortage of skilled workers

The robotics and automation industry in Germany is benefiting from a boom in demand: in the first four months of 2022, order intake increased by 38 percent year-on-year. The dynamic market development had already been noticeable with the results for 2021, in which industry turnover rose by 13 percent - more than expected. "The robotics and automation industry is booming," says Frank Konrad, Chairman of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association. "However, suppliers will not be able to process the orders as quickly as usual. The challenge now is to manage bottlenecks in the supply chains.”

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Forecast 2022: plus 6 percent

With a predicted growth of 6 percent, the industry forecast for robotics and automation is also positive for 2022 - but remains below previous expectations, reflecting the severely disrupted supply chains. In particular, a shortage of electrical and electronic components is extending delivery times.

Comparison of the three subsectors of robotics and automation

The three subsectors developed differently in 2021. Machine vision gained 16 percent: industry sales reached 3.1 billion euros. Robotics sales rose by 13 percent to 3.5 billion euros. Integrated assembly solutions recorded an 11 percent increase in sales to 7.1 billion euros. Overall, sales in robotics and automation rose by 13 percent to 13.6 billion euros - more than originally expected.

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Forecast 2022 – subsectors & total

VDMA Robotics + Automation forecasts a 7 percent increase in sales for integrated assembly solutions to 7.6 billion euros in 2022. In robotics, growth of 5 percent to 3.6 billion euros is expected. Machine vision is also set to grow by 5 percent, corresponding to sales of 3.2 billion euros.

"The overall robotics and automation forecast is plus 6 percent with an expected industry turnover of 14.4 billion euros," says Frank Konrad. "Robotics and automation in 2022 is thus almost headed for the strong pre-crisis level of 14.7 billion euros of 2019.”


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GrindingHub debut a resounding success

GrindingHub 2022 concludes today, with the four-day event proving a major success. More than 370 exhibitors showcased their latest grinding technology innovations, products and solutions on almost 18,000 net square meters of exhibition space. A total of 9,500 visitors crowded into the three fully booked halls, with around 40 percent of them coming from abroad. “Everywhere you see happy faces”, says Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the organizer VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association). "We are more than satisfied with the success of this first ever GrindingHub. The entire concept, planning and organization were a triumph. The new trade show for grinding technology proved a complete success thanks to the great response from visitors and the strong commitment of the exhibitors”, continues Schäfer.

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The manufacturers from 23 countries pulled out all the stops for the debut event. They exhibited numerous grinding-related innovations – everything from new tool concepts through to innovative processes, procedures, and interface technologies. An impressive sight was the total of more than 240 machines which worked live at the exhibition ground, many of them on large and prestigious stands. After more than two years, visitors were finally able to experience grinding technology live and at first hand again.


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After four years of break, the time has finally come again: today, LASYS, the international trade fair for laser material processing, started in Stuttgart. With an opening press conference, at which the VDMA working group "lasers and laser systems for material processing" welcomed the journalists together with Messe Stuttgart, the official start of the trade fair took place in the morning. Roland Bleinroth, Managing Director of Messe Stuttgart, is particularly pleased about the performance as a presence fair: "at this event you can see that the traditional trade fair model in presence is not outdated. The long-term, close partnership with VDMA is also of central importance for the success of LASYS in order to remain in close contact with the industry. "

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After the CastForge opened its doors in Stuttgart for the first time in June 2018, the trade fair for CastForge – Trade Fair for Castings and Forgings with Processing is now entering the second round. An important success factor of the trade fair is the close cooperation with the associations of the industry-both nationally and internationally. Together with the professional associations in forging industry – the German Association of Foundry (BDG) and FUNDIGEX, the Spanish association of foundry exporters, Messe Stuttgart welcomed the exhibitors, visitors and media partners on the opening day on Tuesday, 21. More than 320 exhibitors, with a total of 104 national and 219 international exhibitors fill the two exhibition halls. Casting and forging parts and the processors will be presented in a new dimension on a net area of around 6,000 square meter during this three days events.

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METAV 2022 opening its doors again after four years

International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies is set to open its doors for the first time again after four years. More than 180 exhibitors from 16 countries will be showcasing their innovations, products and services for industrial production in Düsseldorf until June 24.

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At the METAV opening event for the media, Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the METAV organizer VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association), said: "We're delighted to see all the exhibitors again this week. Recent order levels, which were up 37 percent year-on-year by April, are evidence of the strong demand for investment in the industry. And that is why we are convinced that our exhibitors will encounter customers who are keen to buy this week, and that there are very sound prospects for good business."


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Automatica: the Leading Exhibition for Smart Automation and Robotics

How can global supply chains be made less vulnerable? How can we make production more sustainable and conserve resources? And how to implement a quick transition towards digital production so that the European economy will be powerful and fit for the future? Around 600 exhibitors from all over the world will provide answers to these questions and present solutions for the entire range of automation topics at automatica, the world's leading exhibition, is being held in Munich from 21 to 24 June.

Automatica is the world's leading marketplace for automated smart production. It is the trend setting event for companies from all industry sectors, providing access to innovations, knowledge, and trends with a high degree of business relevance. automatica focuses and shapes the transformation of industrial production – from automated to autonomous facilities.

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