The market of agricultural machinery remains vital signs

New Holland abril

Even though the temperature is taken to the international fleet of machinery, the thermometer does not rise, but not substantially lower. Demand for tractors, harvesters and other equipment is contracted, although someone more than other. Latin America and Asia-Pacific have been ground down, while the United States and the EMEA region have improved diagnosis. The boost in sales of tractors 2016 Spain has not escaped anyone’s eyes, something more restrained in collection, but experts remain cautious. Overall, the European market is going to find a generally stable trend. The machines see their market niches very much alive in Africa and marks are studying how to land in Latin America.

She said the president of the Organizing Committee of FIMA 2016, the expectations of the international market of agricultural machinery travel the same path: shrinking demand for both tractors and harvesting and forage. The worst hits are Latin America and Asia – Pacific.

Only in North America and the so-called EMEA region (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) sales suffer just after the end of 2015 the downward trend is finally curb changes. We talk about tractors, but harvesting machinery and feed a small slip, according to the CEO of New Holland Agriculture in Spain is expected.

Africa and Latin America, “mecca” of smaller machines

The Spanish Association of Manufacturers-Exporters Association of Agricultural Machinery, Components, greenhouses, crop protection, irrigation systems, livestock equipment, Animal Health and Nutrition, Forestry Equipment, Biomass and Post-harvest (AGRAGEX) increases its activity this year code on three markets, once they have registered significant increases in exports: Latin America, Asia and North Africa.


One example is Colombia, where the segment of greenhouses and crop protection is one of the most important in the Spanish agricultural export industry has developed equipment and advanced farming systems, result of its continued investment in innovation and development.

Spain is one of Europe’s leading exporters of agricultural equipment to Colombia. During the first four months it has reached this country with sales worth 3.09 million euros, representing a 30% increase over the same period of 2014. The figure is framed in the positive expectations AGRAGEX estimated 2015 between alia by the weakness of the euro, which improves the competitiveness of European manufacturers.

The Sanz Group closed an operation in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the markets with the greatest journey, which guarantees the manufacture and sale of 50,000 units of power sprayers for insecticides and fungicides for a total amount of 1.1 million euros, plus consolidate its market leadership in this area of ​​Africa.

This order “represents a major boost to future deliveries must provide new and strengthen our leadership position in this area of ​​the planet,” said Alfonso Sanz, president of Grupo Hermanos Sanz. Africa is one of the first international markets where the group began its export international activity.

A new book by the FAO, Mechanization for rural development: study models and evolution in the world, explore the increased use of machinery in agriculture, drawing lessons for those responsible for policy and economists countries that have made great strides and others who have been left behind. The Sanz Group indicates that also perform an important job to teach technicians large cotton enterprises advantages and train farmers to appreciate and know how profitable the facilities granted them new machinery.

Africa has less than 10% of motorized mechanization services. About 25% of agricultural energy comes from draft animals and more than 60% of human energy, especially women, elderly and children, according to FAO.

Used equipment

The market for used equipment pushes hard. The economic crisis and “the VAT hike has caused this boom. In Spain it is estimated that some 28,000 units of tractors. If Africa is a natural outlet, even Latin America is green, platform for the sale of agricultural machinery, Agronet, Efeagro confirms that in the last three years has soared this flea market to Spanish level and seeks to sell to countries Latin American outdated machines, but in good condition, especially those whose rule is looser, like Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Chile.

DSC_0582The European market is stabilizing

If 2015 was a year in sales of agricultural machinery in Europe have fallen compared to 2014 in almost all computers, CEMA Barometer predicts that the stability will be the trend. Late last year, the losing streak is reversed at least. The feeling is the descent has bottomed out and even be positive in Spain, with a favorable climate.

This market suffered two years a significant cut. The fleet of tractors in Spain stands at 1,089,016 units and 2015 brought 10,587 new tractors, according to the Ministry of Agriculture ROME. In harvesting cereal, there 53,092 units, but “only 30,000 units are operating,” said Heliodoro Catalan, expert and blogger prestigious More than machines. In 2015 they have dropped the sales of these machines: 310 360 sold in 2014. The Spanish market absorbs machines used in Central Europe.

CEMA estimates that major European markets such as Germany, France and the United Kingdom have experienced a decrease of 10%, 11% and 15% respectively. In Italy, the fall is somewhat less pronounced with 4%. By contrast, the Spanish market shows an increase of approximately 6%. By 2016 it is expected that the UK and Italy stabilize, France and Germany suffer a small drop and Spain will be the positive exception with an increase in sales.

As for the different types of machinery, forage harvesters are the only category where demand is growing, while the market is down for all other categories.

Until 2015 tractor registrations in Europe were down 7.3% compared to the first nine months of 2014 and is expected to end the year the tractor market will decrease a total of 7.1%. But the tractor market in Spain is stable. By 2016 it is expected that demand will remain at similar levels to those of 2015.

Harvesting and forage

Combines market shows mixed results in the UK, Spain, France and the Netherlands, with some positive signs in Italy and Germany. In general, the volume will decrease by about 5%, according to the CEMA.

The foragers are the only product group, where the market is growing at a rate of 2.8%. In the French and Spanish markets we have had a steep climb. Only Belgium market is experiencing a significant decline, while the other markets is relatively stable. no major changes are expected in the demand for harvesters 2016.

The packaged goods has not passed from 8.7% overall in 2015. There are differences in several countries with large falls as the UK and France and others with small ups and Italy. In most countries expect a decrease in demand in 2016. France is the exception, with stable demand.

The signals in the market have not been positive sprays, according to the CEMA. A decrease of 6% in 2015, mainly in Germany, UK and Belgium. But growth in the Spanish and Dutch markets is observed. Sprays are the only group of products for which an increase in demand in most countries by 2016 is expected.

CEMA is a barometer or monthly survey sent to the European agricultural machinery industry and covers all major product categories, providing an overview of the state of the market based on the current business confidence and expected turnover in the next six months.