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  October 17th, 2020 | Written by

While Germany Dominates the European Fastener Market, Spain Emerges as the Fastest-Growing Importer

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  • The nail and bolt import price in the European Union stood at $3,960 per tonne in 2019.
  • In 2019, approx. 2.9M tonnes of nails, tacks, staples, screws and bolts were produced in the European Union.

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘EU – Nails, Tacks, Staples, Screws And Bolts – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

The EU nail and fastener market fell slightly to $16.5B in 2019, approximately equating the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers’ margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). The market value increased at an average annual rate of +1.5% over the period from 2013 to 2019; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period.

Consumption y Country

The countries with the highest volumes of nail and fastener consumption in 2019 were Italy (921K tonnes), Germany (914K tonnes) and the UK (376K tonnes), with a combined 49% share of total consumption.

From 2013 to 2019, the biggest increases were in Italy, while nail and fastener consumption for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Germany ($3.9B), Italy ($2B) and France ($1.7B) were the countries with the highest levels of market value in 2019, with a combined 46% share of the total market. These countries were followed by the UK, Poland, Spain, Romania, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden and Belgium, which together accounted for a further 42%.

The countries with the highest levels of nail and fastener per capita consumption in 2019 were Slovakia (28 kg per person), Italy (15 kg per person) and Belgium (13 kg per person).

Production in the EU

In 2019, approx. 2.9M tonnes of nails, tacks, staples, screws and bolts were produced in the European Union; growing by 2.9% compared with the year before. The total output volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.5% from 2013 to 2019; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2016 with an increase of 5.4% year-to-year.

Production by Country

The countries with the highest volumes of nail and fastener production in 2019 were Italy (1.1M tonnes), Germany (841K tonnes) and Poland (311K tonnes), with a combined 77% share of total production.

From 2013 to 2019, the biggest increases were in Italy, while nail and bolt production for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Imports in the EU

For the fourth consecutive year, the European Union recorded consistent growth in overseas purchases of nails, tacks, staples, screws and bolts, which increased by 0.2% to 4.5M tonnes in 2019. Over the period under review, imports attained the peak figure in 2019 and are expected to retain growth in years to come. In value terms, nail and bolt imports fell to $17.8B (IndexBox estimates) in 2019.

Imports by Country

In 2019, Germany (1M tonnes), distantly followed by France (404K tonnes), the UK (391K tonnes), Spain (320K tonnes), Italy (289K tonnes), Belgium (263K tonnes), the Czech Republic (260K tonnes), the Netherlands (259K tonnes) and Slovakia (208K tonnes) represented the largest importers of nails, tacks, staples, screws and bolts, together creating 76% of total imports. The following importers – Austria (180K tonnes), Poland (156K tonnes) and Sweden (137K tonnes) – together made up 11% of total imports.

Imports in Germany increased at an average annual rate of +3.9% from 2013 to 2019. At the same time, Spain (+10.2%), Slovakia (+9.0%), the Czech Republic (+6.9%), Italy (+6.3%), Belgium (+5.2%), Sweden (+4.5%), Austria (+3.6%), France (+2.9%), the UK (+2.7%) and the Netherlands (+1.4%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Spain emerged as the fastest-growing importer imported in the European Union, with a CAGR of +10.2% from 2013-2019.

In value terms, Germany ($4.4B) constitutes the largest market for imported nails, tacks, staples, screws and bolts in the European Union, comprising 25% of total imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($1.9B), with a 11% share of total imports. It was followed by the UK, with a 8.6% share.

Import Prices by Country

The nail and bolt import price in the European Union stood at $3,960 per tonne in 2019, reducing by -6.7% against the previous year. Over the period under review, the import price recorded a noticeable descent. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2018 an increase of 5.4% year-to-year. Over the period under review, import prices attained the maximum at $4,518 per tonne in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2019, import prices failed to regain the momentum.

Prices varied noticeably by the country of destination; the country with the highest price was Austria ($5,177 per tonne), while Belgium ($2,586 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2013 to 2019, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by the Netherlands, while the other leaders experienced a decline in the import price figures.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform