【DE】AMB 2022: Meeting place for trading partners

Cutting tool manufacturers and users of the most important European markets meet in Stuttgart


If in Stuttgart from the 13th to the 17th September 2022 meets the metalworking industry at AMB 2022, many business partners from other European countries will be there again. A good reason to take a closer look at the trading partners of the more than 100 exhibiting companies from the VDMA trade associations Precision Tools as well as Measurement and Testing Technology.




There is a need for discussion: Domestic sales grew significantly weaker than foreign business. Photo credits: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH



Disruptions in the supply chain, parts shortages and stalled productions of customers – these are the challenges that many companies are currently facing. In addition, there are increasing shortages in materials and personnel as well as serious cost increases for raw materials but also for transport and energy. Nevertheless, sales of cutting tools and clamping tools increased by double digits in 2021. This was mainly due to foreign business, which was a driving factor for many manufacturers. Domestic sales, on the other hand, grew significantly weaker.


Overall, the economic situation of the tool industry in the five most important European countries, which are also represented by the ECTA (European Cutting Tools Association), recovered in 2021, but with different dynamics. The problems described at the beginning and renewed waves of the pandemic made the recovery progress a little slower than hoped for and also dampen further optimism. The European tool industry increased cross-border deliveries of cutting tools by around a fifth. Trade with each other remained the most important. He grew slightly above average by 21 percent. This means that 60 percent of all European tools found their customers within the EU-27 countries.


Important trading partner Italy


In Germany, the production of the automotive industry, which is important for machining, fell short of expectations, while in mechanical engineering, for example, the demand for tools increased. Similar to the picture in Italy, through attractive special depreciation, the tool business runs with industrial equipment manufacturers such as machine tools, but here, too, car production stalled.


The cutting and quantity of precision tools imported from Italy remained roughly the same compared to the previous year, or increased slightly. In total, they increased by 12 percent: Germany imported tools for mold making in the amount of about 53 million euros. The share of tools from the forging sector rose from 44 million euros in 2020 to about 50 million euros a year later, followed by tools for injection molds and the like from 22 million euros to about 27 million euros.


Thus, the three top positions are still occupied with products from tool and mold making. Other products include taps, milling cutters and clamping technology for tools and workpieces. On average, imports amounted to about 17 million euros per month – i.e. about half of the volume of deliveries to Italy.


Deliveries of German tools to Italy increased by 24 percent in 2021. On average, tools worth almost 30 million euros were delivered to the partner country Italy per month in 2021. The positive development observed after the corona-related sharp decline in the first half of 2020 thus continued in 2021.


By far the most important German export goods in the field of precision tools continue to be high-precision inserts. Tool holders also rank second in 2021. Deliveries of milling cutters and drills increased sharply again in 2021.


Acceleration and braking in Spain

Although Spain was able to record a strong recovery, especially in the first half of the year, the lack of semiconductors and recently exploding electricity costs slowed down production and thus the tool requirements of customers. Here, too, the automotive industry was particularly disappointed.


Deliveries of German tools to Spain increased by five percent in 2021. On average, tools worth 12 million euros per month were delivered to the partner country in 2021. The recovery after the corona-related sharp decline in the first half of 2020 thus progressed slowly in 2021. The most important German export goods to Spain are high-precision inserts, injection molds and tool holders in the field of precision tools.


German imports from Spain recorded a slight decline in 2021. They were three percent weaker. The three most important product groups come from the tool and mold making. Other products such as drilling tools, clamping technology for tools and milling tools were only delivered to a small extent. On average, the total imports amounted to about one third of Germany’s deliveries to Spain at about four million euros per month.


Neighbor France increases


Trade in precision tools and clamping equipment is significantly broader in sales with the second largest EU economy in France than with Italy or Spain. In France, the important business with the aviation industry is slowly coming back to recovery and the French car industry produced stable at the previous year’s level.


Deliveries of German tools to France increased by ten percent in 2021. On average, tools worth 25 million euros were delivered to neighboring France per month in 2021. The recovery after the corona-related sharp decline in the first half of 2020 thus progressed well in 2021. The most important German export goods to France are high-precision inserts, forming and punching tools as well as milling cutters and tool holders in the field of precision tools.


German imports from France recorded a strong increase due to special effects in 2021. They were 40 percent stronger. Especially in drilling tools and milling tools, there were strong increases of low levels. On average, the total imports amounted to about one fifth of Germany’s deliveries to France at about 5.5 million euros per month.


Virtually all ECTA countries start well into the current year


Switzerland developed most strongly within the ECTA network last year, where an increased demand for tools is displayed in almost all customer industries. On the British island, logistics problems dampened the recovery of the manufacturing industry. Here, too, the important car production fell significantly behind the previous year.


Due to the effects of the Ukraine war and the restrictions of the corona pandemic, the further recovery will not take place as quickly as hoped for in the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, the market experts from the VDMA see all in all optimistic prospects for Europe and a good market environment for AMB 2022. And: Virtually all ECTA countries recorded a positive start to 2022.


Meeting point of VDMA members


AMB is one of the most important national trade fairs with international appeal for metalworking companies. This year, more than 100 exhibiting companies from the VDMA trade associations precision tools as well as measurement and testing technology will be represented at the AMB: mainly from the fields of machining, clamping technology and length measurement technology. This makes them one of the largest exhibitor groups.


VDMA Technology Forum in Hall 1


The VDMA Technology Forum is once again the place-to-be for manufacturing professionals this year. On four out of five days of the fair, from 13 – 16.09.2022, VDMA member companies and development partners will show innovative solutions in the fields of machining, clamping technology, measurement and testing technology, digitization and research at the VDMA Technology Forum (VDMA booth B50, hall 1) in inspiring lectures. In addition, for the first time, the forum offers young start-ups the opportunity to prove their potential for the metalworking industry in pitches and cooperation lectures.


About the AMB


Since 1982, AMB has presented the highlights of the international metalworking industry. At the last AMB in 2018, more than 90,000 trade visitors and over 1,400 exhibitors were received in Stuttgart. On an area of around 120,000 gross square meters, they showed innovations and further developments for machining and removing machine tools, precision tools, measurement technology and quality assurance, robots, workpiece and tool handling technology, industrial software & engineering, components, assemblies and accessories. AMB 2022 is supported by the ideal supporting associations VDMA Präzisionswerkzeuge, VDMA Software and Digitization as well as VDW Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken.


Further information at www.amb-messe.de

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