Market Monitor - Focus on machinery - Hungary

Market Monitor

  • Hungary
  • Machines/Engineering

31st July 2015

Hungary has become a key production base for automotive majors such as Audi, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Suzuki and General Motors.


  • The Hungarian machinery sector is mainly focused on the production of agricultural machines and machines used by the automotive industry.
  • Hungarian agriculture output has increased, leading to rising demand for machinery.
  • In the automotive segment machinery businesses cooperate closely with international  car producers. Hungary has become a key production base for automotive  majors such as Audi, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Suzuki and General Motors.
  • Machinery sales only rose slightly in January-April 2015. However, sales prices have increased by more than 10% since June 2014, and order amounts are also higher. Therefore we expect profit margins to improve further in the coming months.
  • In general the gearing of businesses in this sector is low, and banks are generally willing to provide loans.
  • The average payment duration in the machinery industry ranges from 30-60 days. Payment delays are low, and expected to decrease further in the coming months. Insolvencies are low and not expected to increase in 2015.
  • Due to the good growth prospects and low credit risk our underwriting stance is relaxed for all subsectors.

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