Positive outlook despite tense business economic situation
Member survey of the AG Additive Manufacturing within VDMA
»The mood of our member companies is remarkably positive,« reported Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the Additive Manufacturing Association (AG AM) within the VDMA, at the Formnext press conference in Frankfurt. According to a recent member survey, a good three-quarters of those surveyed expect positive business development over the next 24 months.
Despite the currently tense economic situation in some sectors, AM companies are optimistic about the next twelve months: around 60 percent of them expect a positive development. A further third do not fear any negative effects. »Only eight percent express negative expectations for the next year. In the two-year outlook, this figure comes to only two percent,« explained Heering.
Optimism from all areas of the value chain
A total of 90 responses from the 150 member companies were included in the evaluation, including users and service providers, machine manufacturers, research institutes, software and automation companies and suppliers of materials and consumables.
A more detailed analysis of the answers shows that especially machine manufacturers are optimistic. While 70 percent are positive about the next twelve months, answers almost balance out with positive (50 percent) and neutral (45 percent) expectations among users and service providers.
The companies also show confidence with regard to investments: 84 percent want to at least maintain their current investment level over the next 12 months; among them 28 percent plan to expand. »These figures confirm that, despite the current economic situation, our industry is keeping an eye on its long-term goals: The industrialization of additive manufacturing processes,« explained Heering.