Les investissements en équipements pour les grandes cultures continuent de chuter en 2016
European sales of soil working, sowing, fertilizing and plant protection equipment are experiencing a double-digit fall. According to preliminary estimates, the overall market for arable farm machines in the EU fell by around 14% to EUR 3.09 billion in 2015. For 2016, industry experts expect a further decline by around 11%.
Europe’s leading manufacturers met on 8 and 9 March at the German company Horsch in Schwandorf to discuss current market trends and expectations for the future. According to Philip Nonnenmacher, Coordinator of the respective CEMA Product Groups, “low commodity prices and the comparatively low income of farmers that comes with them are the principle reasons for falling demand. This being said, it should be noted that the drop in demand follows a peak in sales in 2013, which means that the current sales levels are within the average of the past 8 years.”
In 2015, the fall in demand for sprayers, fertilizer spreaders and seed drills was somewhat less pronounced (-12%) than the one observed for soil working equipment (-16%). This trend is expected to invert in 2016: with the market for soil working equipment levelling out at the bottom, only a slight further decrease of around 4% is expected, while demand for sprayers, fertilizer spreaders and seed drills is likely to drop further by around -19%.
During the meeting elections for the Chairmen of the Product Groups took place. Mattias Hovnert (Väderstad AB, Sweden) became the new Chairman of the Product Group for Soil Working Equipment. Christoph