Declining growth manufacturing output

© Kees van de Veen
According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry in March 2016 was 0.3 percent up from the same month last year. The growth was smaller than in the previous months. The transport equipment and electrical appliances industries realised the highest output growth, the pharmaceutical industry the lowest growth.

 

Average daily output manufacturing (volume)
Average daily output manufacturing (volume)
 change
2012 A-0.4
2012 M-0.8
2012 J0
2012 J-2.2
2012 A0.3
2012 S-1.7
2012 O-2.1
2012 N0.3
2012 D0.1
2013 J-3.4
2013 F-2
2013 M-4.8
2013 A-1.6
2013 M-1.7
2013 J-1.4
2013 J-0.7
2013 A-1.8
2013 S-0.6
2013 O1.8
2013 N0.8
2013 D2.4
2014 J2.6
2014 F6.7
2014 M1.9
2014 A3.5
2014 M0.5
2014 J-1.2
2014 J2.5
2014 A0
2014 S0.7
2014 O-0.2
2014 N-0.3
2014 D-3
2015 J0.1
2015 F-0.5
2015 M1.6
2015 A0.6
2015 M2.2
2015 J4.4
2015 J0.6
2015 A-0.6
2015 S0.8
2015 O2.8
2015 N2.5
2015 D2.1
2016 J2.8
2016 F1.5
2016 M0.3

Again considerable production growth in transport equipment industries

Output generated by the transport equipment industry (cars, buses, lorries) grew by almost 14 percent. Output growth in the food sector, the electrical appliances and the metal products industry was also above average. The production of the pharmaceutical, the machine, the rubber and plastic industry, and the chemical industry was lower compared to March 2015.

Average daily output by sector
Average daily output by sector
 % change
Transport equipment13.7
Food products6.8
Electrotechnical products4.7
Metal products4.1
Chemical products-0.9
Rubber and plastic products-2.9
Machinery-5.3
Pharmaceutical products-20.3
Manufacturing (total)0.3


Altogether, the branches referred to in the above graph account for approximately 70 percent of total manufacturing output.

Trend manufacturing output is positive

Figures adjusted for seasonal variation and calendar effects provide a more reliable picture of short-term output developments. From February 2016 to March 2016 manufacturing output decreased. Manufacturing output adjusted for seasonal variation shows an irregular pattern with many ups and downs, but since mid-2014, the trend has been upward.

Seasonally adjusted average daily output manufacturing
Seasonally adjusted average daily output manufacturing
 index
2012 M106.2
2012 A102.3
2012 M102.1
2012 J102.8
2012 J101
2012 A102.8
2012 S101.6
2012 O100.3
2012 N102.5
2012 D103.5
2013 J100.5
2013 F100
2013 M100.8
2013 A100.9
2013 M100.2
2013 J101.4
2013 J100.6
2013 A101.2
2013 S101.5
2013 O102.2
2013 N102.9
2013 D105.3
2014 J103.4
2014 F104.7
2014 M101.6
2014 A104.1
2014 M101.6
2014 J100.2
2014 J103.2
2014 A102.5
2014 S101.8
2014 O102.2
2014 N102.8
2014 D102.7
2015 J103.6
2015 F104.1
2015 M102.5
2015 A104.7
2015 M103.9
2015 J104.7
2015 J103.9
2015 A102.4
2015 S103
2015 O104.4
2015 N105.4
2015 D105.7
2015 J106
2015 F105.6
2015 M103.1

Confidence among Dutch manufacturers reached the highest level in 5 years

A few weeks ago Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported that the confidence among Dutch manufacturers improved further in April reaching the highest level in 5 years. Confidence among manufacturers is well above its long-term average over the past two decades. Since October 2014, optimism has prevailed among Dutch manufacturers.

The mood among German manufacturers also improved in April compared to March. Germany is an important foreign market for Dutch manufacturing industry.

The numbers in this publication are provisional and can be adjusted

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