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Intermediate Goods in Western Europe

March 2018

With production of USD2.3 trillion in 2016, Western Europe is the world’s second largest intermediate goods producer, following Asia Pacific. Western Europe is the largest intermediate goods exporter and importer. Future output growth is subdued due to decreased production of textile and due to overcapacity of steel over the world. However, Turkey is expected to result in positive intermediate goods output growth for the region over 2016-2025.

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Western Europe is the second largest producer of intermediate goods

Intermediate goods production in Western Europe takes a significant role in terms of overall global production. Output value is expected to reach USD2.3trillionin 2016 and will post a CAGR of 0.4% over the period 2016-2025.

Future shows slightly positive growth

Recovering commodity prices and the growth of steel demand will boost intermediate goods production in Western Europe by 0.5% in 2018.

Germany will continue to dominate intermediate goods in the region

Germany will keep its leading position in the region and will be the main producer of intermediate goods. Furthermore, Germany will be the main importer with USD287,592 million and exporter with USD348,087 million in the region.

Turkey and Italy are expected to generate profits in metals

Turkey and Italy will benefit from the metal industry the most. Demand will increase in the home economy for Italy where production of vehicles increased and subsequently lifted demand for steel production. Turkey started exporting in new markets and this increased demand for steel.

Textile production forecast to decline

Western Europe’s textile manufacturing outlook looks less promising than metal and chemical products.The industry is expected to post a negative CAGR of 0.3% over the period 2016-2025.

Asia trade is chasing Western Europe

Western Europe takes first place in terms of both export and import volumes in the world. However, Asia Pacific is rapidly closing on Western Europe due to cheaper prices, with exports of USD1.2 trillion against Western Europe’s USD2.1 trillion.


Key findings

Production Outlook

Western Europe is the second largest intermediate goods producer
Production to grow modestly due to recovering commodity prices
Germany to lead production of intermediate goods within region
Metal products to drive intermediate goods growth
Smaller countries to drive growth
Metal and chemical products dominate in Western Europe

Competitive Landscape

Man-made fibres has biggest concentration in Western Europe
SMEs dominate the intermediate goods industry
Large companies capture the most revenue

Foreign Trade

Germany is the main exporter of intermediate goods in Western Europe
Germany, France and Italy are the leading importers

Country Snapshots

Germany: production context
Germany: foreign trade landscape
Italy: Production context
Italy: foreign trade landscape
France: production context
France: foreign trade landscape
Turkey: production context
Turkey: foreign trade landscape
UK: production context
UK: foreign trade landscape
Spain: production context
Spain: foreign trade landscape
Netherlands: production context
Netherlands: foreign trade landscape
Belgium: production context
Belgium: foreign trade landscape
Austria: production context
Austria: foreign trade landscape
Sweden: production context
Sweden: foreign trade landscape
Finland: production context
Finland: foreign trade landscape
Switzerland: production context
Switzerland: f oreign trade landscape
Ireland: production context
Ireland: f oreign trade landscape
Portugal: production context
Portugal: f oreign trade landscape
Norway: production context
Norway: f oreign trade landscape
Denmark: production context
Denmark: f oreign trade landscape
Greece: production context
Greece: f oreign trade landscape
Luxembourg : production context
Luxembourg: f oreign trade landscape
Cyprus : production context
Cyprus: f oreign trade landscape

Appendix: Competitor Analytics

Competitor Analytics tool
Market Overlap
Overlap Matrices

Appendix: Industry Forecast Model

About Euromonitor International’s Industry Forecast Model
Soft drivers and the Industry Forecast Model
Growth decomposition explained
Significance and applications for growth decomposition
Key applications for Industry Forecast Models


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