“With the mid-year figures, we’re well on course of our expectations,” comments Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the sectoral organisation VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) in Frankfurt am Main. Export orders continued their uptrend, with the Eurozone nations still constituting the principal drivers. Their orders rose twice as steeply as orders from the rest of the world. Following the substantial growth of last year, driven primarily by project business with the international automotive industry, the high level achieved is predicted to continue through 2017.

“Domestic demand, however, was a disappointment in the year’s first half,” says Wilfried Schäfer. This remained weak, due not least to a base effect owed to the high growth achieved during the first half of 2016. This effect, however, is now coming to an end. For the second half of 2017, significantly better figures are anticipated. This reflects the optimistic mood in the business community, the rising cyclical indicators for Germany, and the macro-economic forecasts, which pundits have only recently revised upwards.

“Moreover, we’re anticipating a huge boost from the EMO Hannover 2017,” emphasises Wilfried Schäfer in conclusion. The world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking sector, he adds, is very well booked, will be showcasing numerous innovations in all technical categories, and will thus be providing a major boost to capital investment.