Manufacturing output down by 3.5 percent in April

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In April 2024, the calendar-adjusted output of the Dutch manufacturing industry was 3.5 percent lower than it was in April 2023, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Year-on-year output also contracted in the preceding nine months.

Output manufacturing (calendar adjusted, volume)
 maandchange (year-on-year % change)
2020May-9.5
2020June-7.5
2020July-3.2
2020August-1.8
2020September-2.2
2020October-2.3
2020November-1.3
2020December0
2021January0.4
2021February-3.7
2021March2.7
2021April11.3
2021May12.6
2021June13.4
2021July9.2
2021August5.6
2021September7.5
2021October7.9
2021November9.5
2021December12.7
2022January7.3
2022February10.6
2022March9
2022April12.3
2022May10.4
2022June9
2022July8.1
2022August8.3
2022September7.9
2022October5.4
2022November3.5
2022December4
2023January2.6
2023February3.1
2023March4.3
2023April-1.2
2023May-0.9
2023June1.3
2023July-0.4
2023August-1.5
2023September-3.8
2023October-4
2023November-3.7
2023December-0.5
2024January-4.2
2024February-1.9
2024March-5.1
2024April-3.5

Decrease in almost half of industrial sectors

Almost half of all industrial sectors produced less than they did one year previously. Among the eight larger industrial sectors, output fell the most sharply in the repair and installation of machinery. The electronic products and electric equipment industry achieved the highest increase.

Output manufacturing (calendar adjusted, volume) by sector, April 2024
Categorychange (year-on-year % change)
Electrical and electronics5.9
Chemical5.7
Metal products5
Rubber and plastic products-1.4
Food products-3
Machinery-7.3
Transport equipment-14
Repair and installation of machinery-38.2
Manufacturing (total)-3.5
Altogether, the industries referred to in the above graph account for almost 80 percent of the total manufacturing output

Output increased in April

A more accurate picture of changes in short-term output is obtained when the figures are adjusted for seasonal effects and the working-day pattern. When these adjustments are made, manufacturing output rose by 0.4 percent in April relative to March.

Adjusted for seasonal and working-day effects, manufacturing output often fluctuates significantly. In the spring of 2020, output declined rapidly, reaching a low point in May 2020. This was followed by an upward trend until May 2022. The trend has reversed since then.

Output manufacturing (seasonally and calendar adjusted, volume)
yearmonthindex (2021=100)
2020May87.3
2020June88.1
2020July92.2
2020August94.4
2020September93.8
2020October94.8
2020November94.6
2020December93.6
2021January97.6
2021February94.4
2021March96.6
2021April97.5
2021May98.2
2021June100
2021July100.3
2021August99.7
2021September100.9
2021October102.5
2021November104
2021December104.9
2022January104.9
2022February104.4
2022March105.1
2022April109.6
2022May108.4
2022June108.8
2022July108
2022August107.8
2022September108.9
2022October108.2
2022November107.8
2022December108.5
2023January108.1
2023February107.5
2023March109.7
2023April108.2
2023May107.4
2023June109.8
2023July107.4
2023August106.2
2023September104.9
2023October103.9
2023November104.2
2023December107.7
2024January103.9
2024February105.3
2024March103.9
2024April104.3

Confidence among manufacturers again less negative

Dutch manufacturers were less negative in May than they were in April. Manufacturers were more positive about expected output, in particular.

Germany is an important market for the Dutch manufacturing industry. In May, German business owners were equally negative as they were in April. In April, the calendar-adjusted output generated by the German manufacturing industry was down by 3.5 percent year on year. Relative to March, output rose by 0.3 percent, as reported by Destatis.