The long-term average over the past two decades is 0.2. Producer confidence reached an all-time high (10.9) in February 2018 and an all-time low (-28.7) in April 2020. Pessimism has prevailed among Dutch manufacturers since April 2020.
|jaar||maand||saldo (gemiddelde van de deelvragen)|
Manufacturers less negative about their order position, more positive about future output
In January, opinions of manufacturers about their order position are less negative for the eighth consecutive month. They are also more positive about future output. Their opinions about stocks of finished products remain the same.
Manufacturers’ opinions on two component indicators are positive. Manufacturers who anticipate output to increase over the next three months outnumber those expecting output to decrease. There are fewer manufacturers who define their current stocks of finished products as too large rather than too small.
The other component indicator is negative. More manufacturers consider their order position to be weak rather than strong, given the time of year.
Improved confidence only in the electrotechnical and machinery industry and in the metal industry
Entrepreneurial confidence has increased in the electrotechnical products and machinery industry and in the metal industry, while it has declined in the other sectors. The most positive are producers of timber and building materials. The most negative opinions are found among entrepreneurs in the food industry.
|January 2021 (average of the component questions)||December 2020 (average of the component questions)|
|Timber and building materials||9.1||11.2|
|Electrotechnical products and machinery||5.8||-2.5|
|Textiles, clothes, leather||1.7||8.1|
|Paper and printing||-2.1||3.7|
|Food, beverages, tobacco||-5||-2.8|
Capacity utilisation rate higher
The industrial capacity utilisation rate stood at 80.0 percent at the start of Q1 2021. This was higher than the 79.2-percent rate at the start of Q4, but lower than the 82.7-percent rate in Q1 2020.
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Manufacturing output 2.5 percent down in November
In November 2020, the average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 2.5 percent down on November 2019. This is the smallest contraction after March 2020, when output was almost 2 percent lower than one year previously.
German manufacturers less positive in January
Germany is an important foreign market for the Dutch manufacturing industry. After rising for eight consecutive months, German producer confidence is down in January according to the Business Climate Index of the IFO Institute. This is due to notably less optimistic future output expectations among manufacturing companies. However, opinions on the current situation have improved. Capacity utilisation rose from 80.2 percent to 81.8 percent. In November, the average daily output generated by the German industry contracted by almost 4 percent year-on-year, as reported by Destatis.