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Spanish exports from the advanced technology manufacturers sector for plastics and rubber in 2020 decreased by -7.9% compared to 2019
March 18, 2021

 

Main destination markets

 

In 2020, France was the first destination market for the sector's exports, representing 7.4% of the total. They are followed by Germany (6.3%) and Mexico (6.3%).

 

Of the 10 main markets, the increases in the Netherlands (+ 445.8%) and the United Kingdom (110.1%) stand out. In the opposite direction, there is a decrease in sales to Morocco (-39.0%) and the United States (-36.2%).

 

Evolution of exports

 

PAÍS

2018

2019

2020

Variation (%)

Total (%)

France

9.672.242

15.505.439

13.189.185

-14,9%

7,4%

Germany

11.655.466

11.761.210

11.341.312

-3,6%

6,3%

Mexico

8.541.482

14.914.242

11.294.275

-24,3%

6,3%

Italy

11.935.528

10.633.818

10.961.634

3,1%

6,1%

USA

9.018.817

17.002.620

10.840.351

-36,2%

6,1%

Morocco

8.895.923

16.938.815

10.330.508

-39,0%

5,8%

Portugal

9.876.034

11.055.975

10.192.421

-7,8%

5,7%

Netherlands

1.187.081

1.063.713

5.805.264

445,8%

3,2%

Poland

8.021.350

4.265.774

5.506.312

29,1%

3,1%

UK

2.012.242

2.456.497

5.162.093

110,1%

2,9%

Subtotal

80.816.167

105.598.105

94.623.356

-10,4%

52,9%

Total

189.970.219

194.292.758

178.901.664

-7,9%

100,0%

Units: Euros

 

Analyzing the evolution of the last four years, we observe how the pandemic has affected the growth of some markets. The drop in exports in 2020 is significant in Mexico and the United States, which are no longer the leaders of the ranking.

 

Morocco and France have also seen a positive trend slow down, despite the fact that the latter remains the main export market. Germany, Italy and Portugal remain at similar values to previous years, while markets such as the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom have taken advantage of 2020 to consolidate.

 

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By markets, the decrease in the sector's exports in 2020 is mainly explained by the negative contributions of Morocco, the United States, Mexico and France.

 

Contribution to the rates of variation of exports

 

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Export regions

 

By region, 38.6% of exports went to the EU, followed by Latin America (21.2%).

 

The region that experienced the greatest increase in sales was the Middle East (+ 91.0%), while sales to the Maghreb decreased by -47.5%.

 

Weight and variation of exports, by region

 

REGION

2019

2020

Variation (%)

Total (%)

EU

66.293.769

69.128.549

4,3%

38,6%

LATINOAMERICA

41.762.742

37.880.457

-9,3%

21,2%

REST OF EUROPE

13.531.398

19.398.230

43,4%

10,8%

ASIA

19.396.869

14.857.623

-23,4%

8,3%

MAGREB

25.761.043

13.529.271

-47,5%

7,6%

USA/CANADA

17.498.438

13.332.638

-23,8%

7,5%

AFRICA SUBSAH

7.410.731

6.103.238

-17,6%

3,4%

MIDDLE EAST

2.143.243

4.093.779

91,0%

2,3%

OCEANIA

374.291

458.559

22,5%

0,3%

OTHERS

120.235

119.322

-0,8%

0,1%

Total

194.292.758

178.901.664

-7,9%

100,0%

Units: Euros

 

Subsectors

By subsectors, Other Imapc leads exports in 2020, representing 20.7% of the total.

 

The subsectors with the greatest increase in exports in 2020 have been Presses (+ 98.3%) and Welding (11.1%).

 

Regarding the sectors in which exports have decreased, Thermoformers (-19.1%), Blowers (-19.0%) and Extruders (-18.6%) stand out.

 

Evolution of exports, by subsector

 

SUBSECTOR

2018

2019

2020

Variation (%)

Total (%)

OTHERS IMAPC

69.232.912

75.902.232

69.900.371

-7,9%

39,1%

FLEXOGRAPHIC MCH

46.750.322

44.604.958

37.049.774

-16,9%

20,7%

INYECTORS

14.138.634

21.498.371

18.422.834

-14,3%

10,3%

WELDING MACHINES

19.695.595

14.484.714

16.095.935

11,1%

9,0%

CALANDRIAS

15.345.588

12.147.226

12.250.709

0,9%

6,8%

BLOWING MACHINES

9.898.283

10.769.135

8.719.339

-19,0%

4,9%

PRESSES

5.345.636

3.737.183

7.410.842

98,3%

4,1%

EXTRUSION MACHINE

5.651.771

6.683.257

5.439.169

-18,6%

3,0%

TERMOFORMING MCH

3.911.478

4.465.681

3.612.691

-19,1%

2,0%

Total

189.970.219

194.292.758

178.901.664

-7,9%

100,0%

Units: Euros

 

Analyzing the evolution of recent years, a negative trend in the Flexographic Machinery subsector is confirmed and a brake in 2020 to the growth that had occurred in Other Imapc, Injectors, Blowers, Extruders and Thermoformers.

 

In contrast, the Welding and Pressing subsectors in 2020 have slowed the decline in exports from previous years and Calandrias remains stable compared to 2019.

 

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