Steady growth manufacturing output

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was 1.1 percent up in May 2016 from the same month last year. Relative to April, growth slowed down. Output realised in the sector transport equipment increased noticeably in May, but output slumped in the machinery industry.

Average daily output manufacturing (volume)
Average daily output manufacturing (volume)
 change
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 J3.8
2014 F5.6
2014 M1.2
2014 A3.3
2014 M0.6
2014 J-1.7
2014 J2.9
2014 A0.8
2014 S0.8
2014 O0.1
2014 N-0.3
2014 D-3.1
2015 J-1.3
2015 F-1.7
2015 M-0.2
2015 A-1.1
2015 M1.8
2015 J3.1
2015 J0.3
2015 A-1.1
2015 S-0.6
2015 O2.5
2015 N1.9
2015 D2.9
2016 J2.5
2016 F2
2016 M1.5
2016 A2.4
2016 M1.1

Again considerable production growth in transport equipment sector

Output generated by the sector transport equipment (cars, buses and trucks) grew by more than 16 percent. Output growth in the chemical industry, electrical appliances, the food sector and rubber and plastic products was also above average, but production realised in the machinery industry shrank further.

Average daily output by sector
Average daily output by sector
 % change
Transport equipment16.4
Chemical products5.1
Electrotechnical products3.6
Food products3.4
Rubber and plastic products1.7
Metal products1
Pharmaceutical products-0.7
Machinery-11.9
Manufacturing (total)1.1

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

Positive trend manufacturing output

Figures adjusted for seasonal effects and working days provide a more reliable picture of short-term output developments. From April to May 2016, manufacturing output fell by 0.4 percent.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, manufacturing output shows an irregular pattern with many ups and downs. Since mid-2014, the trend has been upward.

Seasonally adjusted average daily output manufacturing
Seasonally adjusted average daily output manufacturing
 index
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 J103.9
2014 F104.8
2014 M101.6
2014 A104.3
2014 M101.8
2014 J100.2
2014 J103
2014 A102.4
2014 S102
2014 O102.1
2014 N102.6
2014 D102.1
2015 J103.1
2015 F103
2015 M102.2
2015 A102.5
2015 M103.4
2015 J103.6
2015 J103.3
2015 A101.5
2015 S102
2015 O104.7
2015 N104.4
2015 D104.4
2015 J105.9
2015 F105.1
2015 M103.6
2015 A104.9
2015 M104.4

Mood among Dutch manufacturers remains positive

As CBS reported last week, confidence among Dutch manufacturers improved further in June, reaching the highest level in more than half a decade. The mood was measured in the first half of June, i.e. prior to the UK referendum about EU membership

Germany is an important foreign market for Dutch manufacturing industry. The mood among German manufacturers improved in June compared to May. The production level in Germany was somewhat lower in May than in April.

The numbers in this publication are provisional and can be adjusted


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