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Strong demand for German machine tools


June 2017

Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2017 were six per cent up on the previous year. Domestic demand rose by two per cent, while overseas orders grew by eight per cent.

"Orders received by the German machine tool industry have therefore been stronger than expected," said Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director, VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association), commenting on the result.

Dr. Wilfried Schäfer

Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director, VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association)

According to VDW figures, international demand remains consistently high. The euro countries represent a reliable market for German machine tools, it said. There was a disproportionately high increase of 23 per cent in orders for machine tools from EU countries in the first quarter, in comparison to the same period last year.

"The increase in demand from the key Chinese market is now broader-based," reported Schäfer. Orders rose last year by more than 20 per cent, primarily due to large international automotive industry projects in China. The strong development has continued, however, in the first quarter of 2017.

There was a 13 per cent increase in metal forming technology orders. This rise in demand came from Germany and overseas. Machining equipment orders, which represent about 70 per cent of the total, only rose by three per cent. The main source of growth here was overseas markets, which posted an increase of six per cent. Domestic demand, in contrast, fell by four per cent.

“The German machine tool industry continues to perform stably and at a high level, undeterred by the many crises and uncertainties affecting different parts of the world," said VDW Executive Director, Schäfer.

The German machine tool industry ranks among the five largest specialist groupings in the mechanical engineering sector. It provides production technology for metalworking applications in all branches of industry. In 2016, with around 69,900 employees (annual average for 2016, firms with more than 50 staff), the sector produced machines and services worth around 15.2 billion euros.


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Danfoss places order with AP&T


June 2017

Danfoss has ordered a complete production solution from AP&T for manufacturing heat exchanger plates in Haiyan, China. The investment will enable Danfoss to increase its production to meet the quickly growing demand for heat exchangers in China.

“This is a significant transaction in an important niche that strengthens both our positive relationship with Danfoss and our position in the Chinese market for heat exchangers,” said Håkan Rydenborg, sales manager at AP&T.

Brazed heat exchanger plates for refrigerating systems, air conditioning units, heating systems, air dryers and hydraulic oil coolers, among other things, are manufactured at Danfoss’ factory in Haiyan, which is located 120km southwest of Shanghai. The factory currently has the capacity to supply the Chinese market with approximately 300,000 heat exchangers per year.

“The new line from AP&T will allow us both to increase our production capacity and to ensure a high level of product quality,” said Lei Huawei from Danfoss’ production technology department.

The order comprises a complete production line for flexible manufacturing of heat exchanger plates, from coils to finished stack, as well as service, maintenance and support. The line is built with AP&T’s standard components and has a high degree of automation including a large proportion of operator-independent functions, designed to meet far-reaching OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) requirements. Delivery is expected to take place at the end of 2017/beginning of 2018.

AP&T’s products for manufacturing heat exchanger plates are already being used at several of Danfoss’ factories, but this is the first order that AP&T has received for equipment that will be used at its factory in China.


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