In an open dialogue, German Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt and high-ranking industry and VDMA representatives in Harsewinkel confirmed their digitisation strategy for agribusiness.
With a rise in sales by 7 percent to around 4.5 billion euros in the first half of 2017, manufacturers of agricultural machinery and tractors producing in Germany managed an impressive comeback after three years of recession. "Since the beginning of the year, industry sales know but one direction: upwards", says Dr. Bernd Scherer, VDMA Managing Director. Incoming orders in Germany and abroad have developed equally well, "albeit no longer as dynamically for the last weeks as in the months before".
Germany's agricultural machinery industry is looking back to a turbulent business year 2016. While the downward trend of the past year has significantly slowed down, with a production turnover of EUR 7.2 billion, the industry still falls short of the growth zone. “A 2 percent decline is certainly no reason for euphoria, but certainly for cautious optimism, more so since producer prices, especially for milk, are clearly picking up”, says Dr. Bernd Scherer, Managing Director of VDMA Agricultural Machinery.
“Do more with less” is the motto of the EKoTech CO2 research project initiated by the industry association VDMA Agricultural Machinery and launched in Berlin in early November. The idea behind the ambitious initiative, which is equipped with a generous budget of around EUR 4 million, is to offer European farmers state-of-the-art agricultural machinery, tractors and systems, which have the potential to significantly lower CO2 emissions from machinery use along the entire plant production process. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture will bear around 60 percent of the project costs.
Christian Dreyer is new Chairman of the industry association VDMA Agricultural Machinery. The manufacturers of agricultural machinery and tractors organized in the VDMA unanimously elected the 52-year old CEO of Amazonen-Werke H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KG as the successor of Dr. Hermann Garbers, who retired after two successful terms of office.
Agricultural machinery and tractors worth EUR 4.19 billion were manufactured in Germany in the first half of 2016. This was 1.5 percent more compared to that period of the previous year. “Consistently high exports worth about EUR 3 billion helped compensate the still weak domestic economy,” says VDMA Managing Director Dr. Bernd Scherer. Though it can in no way be considered a real recovery.
production turnover decreases by only 4 percent diverse development in the different product segments further decrease expected for the current year
Agritechnica 2015 as digital trend-setter More internationalism than ever Mood reasonable despite difficult economic situation
Frankfurt am Main, 30.01.2015 – The agricultural machinery industry generated a turnover of EUR 7.68 billion in Germany in 2014. The VDMA Agricultural Machinery's industry statistics were therefore 8 percent below the previous year's record figure and settled around the 2012 mark.
Az elmúlt háromévi stagnálás és visszaesés után előreláthatólag 2017-ben újra növekedésnek indult a világ mezőgépipari termelése. A mértékadó adatok szerint (CEMA, VDMA) 2017-ben mintegy 4%-os bővülés lesz mérhető és ezzel a világtermelés volumene újból meghaladja majd a 100 Mrd eurót.