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CECIMO commits to contribute to a new european industrial strategy

Mr Luigi Galdabini, President of CECIMO and Managing Director of Galdabini SPA, was one of the renowned panellist at the first European Industry Day that took place on 28 February 2017. He supported SMEs’ view and reported the challenges that the industry faces accessing new technologies. This intervention was in line with the “Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy” signed by 125 European manufacturing associations, which calls the European Institutions to define and implement an ambitious European industrial strategy.

CECIMO voices the needs of manufacturing SMEs in the First European Industry Day
CECIMO welcomes the first European Industry Day that was organized by the European Commission and saw the participation of high-level policy makers, including Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, and Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Carlos Moedas. The event brought together hundreds of stakeholders from across Europe to discuss issues of high importance for the European industrialists.

The European machine tool industry was represented by Mr Luigi Galdabini, President of CECIMO and Managing Director of Galdabini SPA in the European Industry Day. As debater in the high-level panel on SME access to technologies, Mr Galdabini highlighted that cross-border collaboration between machine tool builders and technology centres is essential, but severe bottlenecks, hampering the competitiveness of industry, exist. “If European machine tool builders want to keep up with market trends, they need to be increasingly agile, develop new solutions that match the changing needs of machine tool users, and focus on incremental innovation, offering continuously improved goods and services to customers. Consequently, technology centres spread across Europe can join forces with manufacturing SMEs and help them in responding to these evolving demands. At strategic level, MT builders need more policy instruments that foster the link between research and business, and they also call for incentives, which underpin cross-border collaboration in Europe and support the internationalisation of manufacturing SMEs” added Mr Galdabini.

Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy
CECIMO and other 124 European manufacturing associations launched a week ago a Joint-Declaration that calls the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Competitiveness Council to define and implement an ambitious and coordinated European industrial strategy. “CECIMO finds very positive that the European Commission organises the first European Industry Day. Nevertheless, to safeguard the world leadership of European manufacturers and jobs in Europe, the Commission needs to follow up what stakeholders have been voicing and to come up with a comprehensive action plan focusing on the strengths of our businesses” stated Mr Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General.

The Joint-Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy highlights that, while competitors from across the world puts industry at the very top of their political agendas, develop and implement well-thought strategies, the EU falls behind its industrial policy targets. “There has been no better time to reaffirm Europe’s commitment to manufacturing, innovation and jobs. European associations representing 125 manufacturing sectors are ready to offer their cooperation to the European Institutions” points out Mr Geerts.

CECIMO is the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries. We bring together 15 national associations of machine tool builders, which represent approximately 1500 industrial enterprises in Europe (EU + EFTA + Turkey), over 80% of which are SMEs. CECIMO covers 98% of the total machine tool production in Europe and about 39% worldwide. It accounts for more than 150,000 employees and a turnover of nearly €24 billion in 2015. More than three quarters of CECIMO production is shipped abroad, whereas half of it is exported outside Europe.


The European machine tool sector books strong results in 2015

The CECIMO General Assembly that took place in Brussels on 3 December 2015 confirmed:

• The European machine tool production will record 23.3 billion euros in 2015, increasing by 2% from the year before;
• The machine tool consumption in Europe will be growing 4% this year to 14.2 billion euros;
• The conceptual framework of the Ecodesign Directive is unsuitable, not feasible and not desirable for complex industrial goods.
• CECIMO will be the voice of additive manufacturing in Europe.

Economic situation and outlook
The European machine tool industry, exporting over 40% of its production outside the EU, depends heavily on the global economic outlook. Therefore, the global growth’s downgrades, especially in emerging markets, had a restricting effect on the machine tool output’s forecast. On the other hand, strong business sentiment in Europe supports investment and makes up for the external markets’ contraction. Consequently, the European machine tool production is estimated to grow 2% to 23.6 billion euro in 2015, and the strong domestic demand supports growth expectations for 2016 as well. After a 10%-growth in 2014, the European machine tool consumption is forecasted to continue expanding this year but at lower levels. The consumption is expected to increase of 4% to 14.2 billion euro in 2015. The order intake supports the steady growth in machine tool demand, even though the economic dynamics in the third quarter have slowed down. In the second quarter of 2015, the CECIMO domestic orders’ index increased by 6% in comparison with the same quarter last year. We forecast the European machine tool consumption to record growth of over 3.5% annually for the next four years. The domestic consumption drives CECIMO imports. The weak euro makes importing machines more expensive, but we still expect imports to grow this year thanks to the European industry’s demand. CECIMO estimates the machine tool imports to increase by 4% to 9.2 billion euros in 2015. The declining growth rates in China as well as the recession in key emerging countries burden the global economy and, as such, the global economic development will remain volatile. Nevertheless, CECIMO expects the exports to expand by 3% to 18.7 billion euro in 2015. “CECIMO exports to almost 200 different countries. In the key machine tool consuming markets, we are a leading supplier of manufacturing solutions which proves that our machines are not only the most competitive but also very often irreplaceable. Nonetheless, we need a level playing field and an effective EU trade policy,” explained Dr Frank Brinken, the Chairman of CECIMO Economic Committee and Vice-Chairman of Starrag Holding AG.

Policy priorities
The European machine tool industry’s worldwide hallmark is efficient production, i.e. achieving the highest productivity with a minimum use of energy and other resources. Enhancing production efficiency on a continuous basis has become an everyday core commitment for both our industry and our customers. For this reason, the machine tool industry has been supporting all efforts to translate the Ecodesign Directive’s (2009/125/EC) objectives into results. Nevertheless, the Ecodesign Directive has so far focused on serial products and consumer goods. In practice, this raises many questions and reveals many contradictions that could potentially create problems for us as many of our products are unique, custom-made and built to respond to our customers’ specific demands.

All this considered, the European machine tool industry still proposed a self-regulation measure as permitted by the Ecodesign Directive. However, we have serious concerns about the implementation of such a measure in our sector, being heterogeneous and heavily faceted, and exporting such a big portion of its production. “The difficulties include achieving the expected market coverage, which would require the inclusion of non-European machine tool builders and importers. Because there are no sanctions foreseen for not joining the self-regulation measure and a lack of market surveillance, this condition is a significant obstacle to the creation of a successful initiative,” highlighted Mr Jean Camille Uring, the President of CECIMO and Executive Board Member of Fives Group. He concluded: “Complex industrial products in a complex sector need an adapted approach.”

CECIMO ensures the development of additive manufacturing (AM) to industrial scale and its seamless integration into the production environment. To that aim, CECIMO established a specific section dedicated to AM to promote and support the creation of favourable framework conditions. It will be active on a number of fronts: technology, markets, regulatory and advocacy. CECIMO will establish a dialogue between industry and the EU decision-makers to explain the regulatory and policy-related challenges facing AM’s development AM. AM is a multidisciplinary area requiring cross-sectorial and cross-disciplinary cooperation. Therefore, the CECIMO AM section remains a platform open to all relevant and interested stakeholders. “European policy-makers must build a European strategy for AM that goes further than research funding to accelerate its market uptake, including standardization, finance, awareness raising, skills, IPR, liability as well qualification and certification procedures,” explained Filip Geerts, the Director General of CECIMO.


The European machine tools share increases

Low business confidence in advanced economies and slowing growth in emerging markets influence the global machine tool production. However, the return of economic growth in the EU in the second quarter of 2013 gives the European machine tool sector reason for cautious optimism. CECIMO forecasts that the growth of production will stabilise and reach to 22.3 billion euro in 2013.  Trade shows expected to be a major tool in the marketing mix of companies.

Many companies are taking advantages of trade shows to launch new products or new identities (like United Grinding at this year's EMO.
Many companies are taking advantages of trade shows to launch new products or new identities with their customers, agents, representatives and more (like United Grinding at this year’s EMO).

European machine tools are a globally successful and increasing their share of the world machine tool production. CECIMO estimates a slight increase in its share of global production from 32% in 2012 to 34% in 2013.

Domestic and export markets
Despite gradual economic recovery, the investment in production facilities remains subdued in Europe. CECIMO’s consumption recorded 12.3 billion euro in 2012 and, for 2013, CECIMO estimates the machine tool consumption to flatten out and find a growth path next year. The slightly improving domestic order intake in the second quarter of 2013 supports this outlook. The record level of 18.8 billion euro machine tool shipments in 2012 reflects the outstanding export performance of the industry. But slowing growth in European machine tool sector’s most important emerging markets influences the forecasts for 2013. The exports are estimated to record 18.3 billion euro in 2013 which is the second best result of all times.

EMO Hannover 2013 and EMTE-EASTPO 2014
The success of EMO Hannover 2013, taking place from 16 to 21 September 2013, proves the leading position of European machine tool industry globally. The six-day exhibition under slogan “Intelligence in production” attracted a total of just under 145,000 trade visitors from over 100 different nations. “EMO Hannover 2013 showed once again the innovativeness and versatility of machine tool sector. The exhibition provided 2,100 exhibitors from 43 different countries with an excellent possibility to showcase their products,” commented Frank Brinken, Chairman of CECIMO Economic Committee and CEO of Starrag Group. However, the exhibition meant even more for the sector: according to a visitor survey, one out of five visitors reported placing an order at the show and the same proportion intended to finalize purchases after the event.

The machine tool market has greatly widened during the last decade, and newly industrialised countries have shifted the market’s focal points. To provide the European machine tool industry with a platform to target Asian markets, the EMTE-EASTPO Machine Tool Exhibition will be held in Shanghai at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 14 to 17 July 2014. “European machine tool producers are very interested in a high quality exhibition to better reach potential Asian customers,” affirmed Mr Jean Camille Uring, the next President of CECIMO and Executive Board Member of Fives Group.
You can read the EMTE-EASTPO article published in Eurotec here.
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Cecimo recently announced the dates of the next EMO. It take place in the following sequences: 2015: Milan – Italy, 2017: Hannover – Germany, 2019: Hannover – Germany, 2021: Milan – Italy, 2023: Hannover – Germany, 2025: Hannover – Germany, 2027: Milan – Italy
Cecimo recently announced the dates of the next EMOs according the following sequences: 2015: Milan – Italy, 2017: Hannover – Germany, 2019: Hannover – Germany, 2021: Milan – Italy, 2023: Hannover – Germany, 2025: Hannover – Germany, 2027: Milan – Italy


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