Significant recovery of the order situation

In April 2021, manufacturers of Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies in Germany were able to increase their incoming orders by 69 % in real terms compared to the previous year. Orders from Germany increased by 55 % and from abroad by as much as 80 %. In April, 158 % more orders came from the euro countries, while the non-euro countries increased their orders by 22 %. Turnover also increased by 9.5 % compared to the previous year.

“After pandemic-related sharp drops in orders and sales in 2020, the order books of many companies
are gradually filling up again,” said Elgar Straub, Managing Director VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and
Leather Technologies. “However, international travel restrictions as well as a still difficult pandemic
situation in many countries of the world continue to pose a major challenge. In addition, there are
currently the exploding raw material prices with massive delivery delays for primary products, still
severely restricted and very expensive transport conditions and a considerable shortage of packaging

Export markets down in 2020, improvement in sight

The manufacturers of Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies were able to export machines worth 788 million euros in 2020, which was 9.5 % less than in 2019 (872 million euros). The most important export market in 2020 was Poland, followed by the US and France. Exports to Poland increased by 69 % to EUR 89 million in 2020, whereas exports to the United States decreased by 12 % to EUR 77 million. Likewise, exports to France fell by 8 % to EUR 68 million.

Poland remained the most important export market for the industry in the first quarter of 2021, followed by France and the US. In particular, exports within the EU developed positively in the first quarter of 2021, increasing by 3 % to EUR 90 million.

The VDMA represents around 3300 German and European companies in the mechanical engineering industry. The industry represents innovation, export orientation, medium-sized companies and employs around four million people in Europe, more than one million of them in Germany.