Industry machinery is one of Denmark's largest export commodities. Denmark exports all sorts of machinery for various industries. However especially food industry machinery and process industry machinery are important export goods.
Denmark is also known for producing quality pumps, thermostats, ventilation systems and other home and industry technical machinery. Export of asphalt and cement turnkey solutions is also something which Danish Industry is known for.

The Danish machines/engineering sector is very export-oriented. Some of the larger companies have global footprints in the production and sale of energy optimisation products (i.e. thermostats, pumps, compressors) and equipment for the global mining industry. Other subsectors, such as equipment for the slaughtering/food processing industry and machines for the agricultural sector are more oriented towards closer markets like the Nordics, Germany and the UK.

The sector has shown a stable performance over the last 2-3 years. Key success factors for Danish machinery businesses have been their ability to streamline costs, continued investment in product development/new technology and expansion to new export markets.

Growth of the Indian machine tool industry has an immense bearing on the entire economy, especially India's manufacturing industry. The machine tool industry is crucial for development of the country's strategic segments such as Defence, railways, space, and atomic energy. World over developed countries have created market niches on the back of a well-developed and supportive machine tool sector.

The Indian machine tool industry is a widely dispersed industry comprising units of various sizes. The industry has estimated 750 - 800 companies in all, producing machine tools, parts, accessories and sub-systems. Of these, around 400 produce complete machine tools of all types and sizes. Between 25 and 50 are large industries and the rest are SMEs.

The Indian machine tool industry manufactures almost the complete range of metal-cutting and metal-forming machine tools and special purpose machines. The products comprise conventional machine tools as well as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines and include special purpose machines, robotics, handling systems, and Total Productivity Management (TPM) friendly machines.

  • Machine Tools Industry in India is a strategic industry with around 200 machine tool manufacturers in the organized sector as also around 400 small scale units. The industry lacks in design and engineering capability to undertake high precision CNC Machines. Due to technology gaps in the field of metal cutting machine tools, metal forming machines, special technologies and critical components development etc. the import of technology as well as R&D initiatives are encouraged to bridge the gaps.


    - Heavy electrical industry (turbines and generator sets, boilers, transformers, switchgear and control gears, electrical furnance, shunting locomotives) and heavy non-electrical industry (textile, cement, rubber, metallurgical, mining, dairy and machine tools also in material handling and oil filed equipment).

    - Opportunities to sell high technology machinery in India.

    - Sourcing of ores, minerals & metals.

  • There are 11 major manufacturers of machinery in the organized sector and nearly 200 small & medium manufacturers. Major plastic machinery includes Injection Moulding Machine, Blow Moulding Machine and Extrusion Moulding Machine. Domestic manufacturers meet 95% of processing industry needs on technology and product range. World leading technologies have manufacturing presence in the country through wholly owned subsidiaries or technology license arrangements.

    Indian Tool Room Industry is very fragmented and consists of more than 500 commercial tool makers engaged in design, development and manufacturing of tooling in the country. In addition to commercial tool makers, 18 Government Tool Rooms cum Training Centres are also operating in the country. The key commercial Tool Room locations are Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad and NCR.

  • There are over 200 units engaged in the manufacturer of process plant machinery in the country out of which 65% are small & medium manufacturers. Major process plant machineries which include tanks, pressure vessels, evaporators, stirrers, heat exchangers, towers & columns, crystallizer, furnace, etc. are used in energy sector, gas, oil, refinery, chemical & petrochemical, fertilizer, paper & pulp, sugar, cement, dairy industry, etc. The sector today is equipped with state of the art processes to engineer and fabricate complex process equipment across different materials of construction. The plant sizes of these companies have also increased and at times are comparable or even larger than global companies.

    However, domestic industry lacks know-how on process technology, owing to which, sector is dependent on Overseas Process Licensors. However, China, on the other hand has attempted to get the knowhow on process technology, by setting up research institutes and labs, and acquiring such expertise from other regions. At operational level, Welding, Forming, Machining technologies could be improved to enhance the productivity. Target technologies to be developed are Sub Sea Equipment, Oil well drilling, Process gas Boilers for Ethylene and Gas Crackers, etc.

  • Currently 20 large & global manufacturers and nearly 200 small & medium manufacturers of earthmoving & mining machinery are present in India. The product range comprises of Backhoe Loaders, Compactors, Mobile Cranes, Pavers, Batching Plants, Crawler Crane, Transit Mixer, Concrete Pump, Tower Cranes, Hydraulic Excavators, Dumpers, Mining Shovel, Walking Draglines, Dozers, Wheel Loaders, Graders, Drilling Equipment, etc.

    In India open cast mining is much more popular than underground mining. Hence, the equipment required for the open cast mining like Dumpers, Dozers, Shovels, Draglines and Excavators are manufactured in India. Based on the Industry forecast for the next 20 years, there is a need to develop indigenous capability in respect of Electric Dump Trucks ~ 190 ton - 240 ton, Rope shovels ~ 42 cum, Walking Draglines ~ 72 m - 33 Cum; 150m - 50 cum, Hybrid Drive Loaders ~ l0 cum bucket, 2500 HP Electronically Controlled Emission Compliant Engine, Long Wall Mining Systems and Continuous Miners for underground mines, etc to be able to meet the market demand, bulk of which is currently imported.

  • The Danish robot and automation industry has been growing rapidly. There has been a dramatic increase of the number of companies involved in robot technology in Denmark. From 2012 to 2017, the Danish robot and automation industry has experienced an astonishing growth rate of 200%; from 21 established companies in 2012 to 64 in 2017. In addition, 32 robotics companies were established between 2015 and 2017, representing 50% of the total at present time.

    According to the World Robotics Statistics 2014, Denmark is the sixth most robotized country in the world, with a robot density of 166 industrial robot units per 10,000 employees, which is 14 units more than the U.S. The installation of industrial robots in Danish companies has been rapidly increasing since 2012. In 2014, 608 new industrial robots were installed, around 27 percent more than in 2013.

    According to trade union Danish Metal, the installation of industrial robots in Danish companies has been rapidly increasing since 2012. In 2014, 608 new industrial robots were installed, around 27 percent more than in 2013. The Danish metals and engineering industries have installed most industrial robots (1,554 in 2013), while the food sector and the plastic, glass, and concrete industry follow with 643 and 680 robots, respectively. The highest increase could be seen from 2006 to 2013 in chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as in transport. The timber and transport industries have the highest robot density, with more than 250 installations per 10,000 employees in 2013.

  • According to Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a trust established by the Indian ministry of commerce as an investment promotion agency to create brand India, the Indian food processing industry accounts for 32 pc of the country’s total food market, 14 pc of manufacturing GDP, 13 pc of India’s exports and 6 pc of total industrial investment. This has led to the requirement of newer methods, technology, and machinery for the food processing industry, with least impact on sensory qualities such as colour and texture. Therefore, technological progress is necessary for the growth of the food processing sector. As per IBEF, in 2013, India imported food processing and packaging machinery worth EUR53 million, which is a plus of 27 pc compared to the same period, the previous year

    During the last one decade, India moved from a position of scarcity to surplus in food. Given the trade in production of food commodities, the food processing industry in India is on an assured track of growth and profitability. It is expected to attract phenomenal investment in capital, human, technological and financial areas. The total food production of India is estimated to double in the next 10 years. Hence, there is an opportunity for large investments in food and food processing technologies, skill development and equipment. The major interventions in this context are, for example, canning, dairy and food processing, specialty processing, packaging, frozen food/refrigeration and thermo processing.

    With strong ties to the large companies in the Danish food and agriculture industry, food technology companies in Denmark have ideal possibilities to test and market their products at an early stage to develop innovative and internationally competitive solutions. More than 80% of all process equipment, machinery and robots produced in Denmark is exported.

    In China, where new, tighter food safety legislation is being enforced, Denmark has been identified as a role model for the production of safe, high quality dairy products. This is one of the reasons why Denmark doubled its exports of food processing equipment to China from 2012 to 2013.

    The food industry is one of our most efficient industries and has placed Denmark on the world map in terms of high quality products, innovation, efficiency, hygiene and food safety. Continuous innovation, interaction and collaboration between food manufacturers and food tech suppliers makes us pioneers in food technology. The Danish food industry has always demanded the best food technology solutions. This has given the Danish suppliers the experience, know-how and necessary skills when creating innovative and reliable products and solutions aimed at the global food industry.

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