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Here, you find current public information on the European tool sector. You can also visit the sub-categories of the Public Area via the menu above. To read about the latest legislative changes that are relevant for the hand tool sector – like the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), obligatory origin marking according to the European Consumer Product Safety Regulation (CPSR) – or have access to information on European Tool Association CEO activities, please visit the Members Area.

European Business Cycle Indicators – 4th Quarter 2020

This edition takes a closer look at the results of the autumn 2020 EU investment survey in the manufacturing sector.

Next International Hardware Fair

The next INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR, which was postponed due to the effects of Covid-19, will take place from 06. – 09.03.2022 in Cologne/Germany.

EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic

The new hybrid concept and content for EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne 2021 was still receiving very positive feedback at the European press conference at the end of October.

EuroBLECH 2021 postponed to 25 – 28 October 2022 in Hannover

EuroBLECH, which was scheduled to take place at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany from 9th – 12th March 2021, has been postponed.

European Sectors: Two-speed European economy in October

  The latest detailed European sector Purchasing Managers Index (PMI®) data indicated a continued strong rebound in output in a number of manufacturing sectors in October, especially in automobiles & auto parts where a series-record expansion was recorded. Less positively,

3rd quarter of 2020: GDP up by 12.6% and employment up by 0.9% in the euro area

In the third quarter of 2020, seasonally adjusted GDP increased by 12.6% in the euro area and by 11.6% in the EU compared with the previous quarter.

Hopes of COVID-19 vaccine underpin stronger business optimism in October

The IHS Markit Global Business Outlook Survey – based on responses from 12,000 companies between October 9-29 – recorded the strongest degree of optimism among companies since late-2018.

Firms in China and US anticipate fastest recoveries from COVID-19

The COVID-19 survey, undertaken in late-October, asked 6,653 companies in 12 countries to report whether their output had risen or fallen since the start of the pandemic.

September 2020: Production in construction down by 2.9% in euro area and by 2.5% in EU

In September 2020 compared with August 2020, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 2.9% in the euro area and by 2.5% in the EU.

October 2020: Annual inflation stable at -0.3% in the euro area

The euro area annual inflation rate was -0.3% in October 2020, stable compared to September.

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