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VDMA Woodworking Machinery

02-06-14

Broad market reanimation expected in 2014

02-06-14

Research as a joint task for the years to come

Cologne, 23rd May, 2014 – „As orders developed so well, especially towards the end of last year, it is looking very optimistic for further business performance. From today’s point of view, the woodworking machinery industry should be able to close the year 2014 with a turnover increase of up to five percent,” explained Wolfgang Pöschl, Chairman of the VDMA Trade Association and Weinig, during the VDMA Trade Association Woodworking Machinery members’ general meeting in Cologne on 23rd May, 2014.

 

Russian-Ukrainian conflict is unsettling

But the unsolved conflict between the Ukraine and Russia could put a spoke in the trade’s wheel. Russia with a volume of 177 million Euros is Germany’s most important export market for woodworking machinery. This corresponds to a total export’s share of around ten percent. German producers export machines for around 15 million Euros to the Ukraine. That means that the country was at rank 24 last year. „Currently we cannot plan for the Russian or the Ukrainian market. The insecurity for investors, but also for us machine suppliers here is very high,“ Pöschl stressed. The negative development on the Russian market already began last year. The fall of the Rubel and rising financing difficulties led to a decrease in orders by the Russian wood and furniture industry months ago. This has become far more obvious with the Ukrainian conflict. “A large number of Russian clients is no longer able to receive loans, or only at immensely high costs. Machine Construction is hoping for a rapid diplomatic solution of the conflict. Only then will the good relationships to Russian and Ukrainian clients that have existed for decades be able to be kept in a good way,” added Pöschl.

 

Association drives pre-competitive joint research

The positive outlook for the running year must nevertheless not disguise the facts that the German Woodworking Machinery Industry is in vehement competition with traditionally strong supplier countries, such as Italy, and rising political economies, such as China. The domestic industry’s success is based especially on the intensive cooperation of machine producers and their clients in well-established trade networks.”Our middle and long-term success depends on us using existing networks to research and develop innovative products and solutions,” said Pöschl.”To be able to survive in international competition we must work together more closely and intensify our pre-competitive joint research.”  

 

The VDMA-Trade Association Woodworking Machinery is currently working on creating a platform for exchanges between science and the industry under the umbrella of the Research and Testing Group Woodworking Machinery (FPH). “This platform will be tightly connected to the Trade Association’s technical board” explained Dr. Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director for the VDMA Trade Association. „Thus, the FPH will become the centre at which the guiding developments for our trade will be discussed and implemented in the group of machine producers, users and research institutes.“