Manufacturing output continues to grow

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According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the average daily output generated by Dutch manufacturing industry was 2.4 percent up in September 2016 from September 2015. The growth rate was higher than in August. Over the past twelve months, manufacturing output has continually been above the level of the same month one year previously. Again, the sector transport equipment showed the strongest growth.

Average daily output manufacturing (volume)
Average daily output manufacturing (volume)
 change
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 J2.1
2016 F1.6
2016 M1.5
2016 A2.2
2016 M1.6
2016 J2.8
2016 J2.1
2016 A1.8
2016 S2.4

Transport equipment sector performs best

Output generated by the sector transport equipment was more than 13 percent up in September 2016 from September last year, due to an increase in the production of passenger cars and trucks. The production of rubber and plastic products, chemical products and machinery was also above average, but output generated by the pharmaceutical industry, the electrical equipment industry and the metal products industry declined relative to September 2015.

Average daily output by sector
Average daily output by sector
 % change
Transport equipment13.5
Rubber and plastic products9.6
Chemical products8.4
Machinery4.1
Food products0
Metal products-2.5
Electrotechnical products-3.4
Pharmaceutical products-9.4
Manufacturing (total)2.4

Altogether, the industries 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 the working-day pattern provide a more reliable picture of short-term output developments. From August to September 2016, manufacturing output grew by 0.4 percent.

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

Seasonally adjusted average daily output manufacturing
Seasonally adjusted average daily output manufacturing
 index
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
2016 J105.5
2016 F104.8
2016 M103.7
2016 A104.7
2016 M104.9
2016 J106
2016 J105
2016 A104.1
2016 S104.5

Producer confidence continues to grow

A few weeks ago, CBS reported that confidence among Dutch manufacturers has improved further in October, due to the more positive mood among manufacturers about their future output.

Germany is an important foreign market for Dutch manufacturing industry. Just as their Dutch counterparts, German manufacturers were more optimistic in October than in September. Their confidence indicator reached the highest level in more than two years. The average daily output generated by German manufacturing industry was 1.6 percent higher in September 2016 than in September 2015.

The numbers in this publication are provisional and can be adjusted.

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