The improvement in demand for production equipment came to an abrupt halt this summer. In recent months, there has been a small but steady increase in demand for production machinery. After the sharp fall recorded in August, the index contracted again by 2% in September. The moving average remains stable at 123 points. This stability reflects the current investment forecasts of manufacturing manufacturers (up 1% in 2015 - INSEE October survey).
For suppliers of equipment and production equipment, activity recovered again, up 3% in the third quarter compared to the same quarter of 2014. The components remain the same: a low-dynamic, albeit somewhat more reactive, domestic market and growing export sales. The demand for machines seems to have stabilized since the summer. It remains well oriented for industrial robots, or industrial vision or measurement equipment. Forecasts for the coming months are rather optimistic, especially in export markets.