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According to Simmons, sensor and measurement technology generated a four percent increase in sales in the past year, investments rose by five percent and the export quota by seven percent to 58 percent. This is significantly higher than the result of the previous year. It is striking that the export quota to non-European countries remained almost unchanged, while exports to other European countries rose by seven percentage points to 36 percent. Finally, there was an increase of 3 percent in the number of employees. This is a "fairly stable trend and nice growth," said Simmons.
2017 is still going up
For 2017, the AMA members expect sales growth of five percent and plan to invest two percent more than in the previous year. At the same time, the industry is expecting further staff expansion by three percent.
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In addition, the members were asked how they rate the opportunities and risks of digitization and the networking of industrial production for the sensor and measurement technology industry. The almost clear result: 88 percent of AMA members rated the development towards Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things as a “very good chance” for more growth in sensor and measurement technology, according to Simmons, only ten percent of AMA members were undecided in their rating.
Industry in the fast lane
"Sensor technology and measurement technology is in the fast lane compared to the German industry as a whole," summarizes Thomas Simmons, Managing Director of the AMA Association for Sensor Technology and Measurement Technology. “If we look at future social projects, we find topics such as CO 2-neutral, energy-efficient and climate-adapted cities, the intelligent restructuring of energy supply, sustainable mobility, internet-based services for the economy, Industry 4.0 and secure identity. These projects show us tomorrow's challenges today. The good news for our industry is that the solutions are based on the data that sensors provide and measurement technology evaluates. The future thus offers our members a multitude of new opportunities to make the upcoming changes positive.”(Jv)