Definition: Mining and Construction Machinery Segment

German Mechanical Engineering firms

Strictly speaking, mining machinery and building materials machinery are two mechanical engineering segments. As “earth-related” industries, they are often considered together, and in some cases similar machines are used. Within the umbrella organization “Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA)” there are accordingly two trade associations: the “Mining Trade Association” and the “Construction and Building Material Machinery Trade Association”. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 largest mechanical engineering companies in Germany.

  • Article based on database of the 200 largest mechanical engineering companies in Germany
  • Detailed information on the field of activity (production technology, energy plants, construction machinery, packaging machinery, etc.)
  • Including: turnover (2015-2018), number of employees, email, address, telephone number, management, etc.
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Strongly export-driven business

The Mining Association represents the interests of companies in the fields of mining technology, processing technology including consulting, research and development related to mining technology. Members are about 150 mainly medium-sized companies representing more than 90 percent of the German industry’s turnover. Since the end of hard coal mining and with coal production in Germany coming to an end, the domestic market is only of secondary importance for the industry. About 95 percent of the sales are generated by exports in an annual order of magnitude of about 5 billion euros. Important customer countries are the USA, Australia and Russia, in Europe France and Great Britain.

The construction and building materials machinery sector is concerned with the manufacture of machines used in road and building construction. These include construction tractors, grading machines, concrete and mortar mixing machines, scraper and shovel loaders, concrete surface preparation machines, mortar and bitumen spreaders. The construction and building materials machinery manufacturers are predominantly medium-sized companies. There are about 230 suppliers throughout Germany. The annual turnover of the industry in recent years has been in the order of 12 to 15 billion euros, three quarters of which is accounted for by construction machinery. The export share is just under 80 percent, with around half of sales being generated in other European countries.

Mechanical Engineering in GermanyIn our industry report of the German mechanical engineering industry you will find detailed information on areas of activity, an overview of the locations and clusters of the mechanical engineering industry, key financial figures as well as insights into the gender distribution and sustainability efforts of the sector.

Source: ResearchGermany – Mechanical Engineering Industry Report

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