Market Overview - Western Europe 2009

Sheet Metal Working in Western Europe

Western Europe is an extremely stable region, both politically and economically, and is the home of modern industry, with sheet metal working having a central role in the automotive, large household appliances, mechanical engineering, construction and shipbuilding sectors. After dominating the global markets in these industries for many decades, the manufacturers in western Europe are now increasingly being challenged by new market entrants, mainly from central and eastern Europe, but also from Asia.

This report provides a general overview of the western European infrastructure and current economic situation, with a particular focus on sheet metal manufacturing and processing.