Germany ranks third with the most exports
worldwide in 2019
Message by His Excellency
Eugen Wollfarth, Consul General, Consulate General of the
Federal Republic of Germany in Pakistan.
Germany enjoys the reputation of
being a leading export nation. The Federal Republic is the
biggest exporter of all European Union member states and ranking
third on the list of countries with the most exports worldwide
in 2019. This longstanding characteristic achieved by tradition
successfully stands the test in modern times as well. What are
the key factors for Germany’s export success, one might ask?
Looking at which goods the country exports most may give us a
In 2019, automobiles, trucks and car
parts, machinery and data processing equipment were the top
three export items. When focusing on German trade with Pakistan,
one almost instantly notices the great significance of the
textile sector. The Pakistan textile sector and the German
manufacturers of textile machinery have a longstanding and
fruitful relationship. Looking at it, it seems a simple
arrangement with both sides profiting.
His Excellency Eugen Wollfarth, Consul General,
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Pakistani textile mills import textile
machinery from Germany and use it to fabricate cloth, home
textile items and increasingly more garments that are then
exported to markets all over Europe and North America. The
numbers certainly reflect those dynamics. In 2018, Pakistani
companies imported more than 500 million euros worth of German
machinery. In return, the Pakistani exports of textiles and
clothing to Germany that year amounted to over 800 million
The textile machine engineering is one of
the most important branches of engineering in Germany. Most of
German textile manufacturers are usually not very big companies
but stem from the German "Mittelstand", a term used for small
and middle-sized enterprises which are often family-run and
stand for trust and lasting quality. Almost all of them are
organized within the VDMA textile machinery association. It
serves the companies as a platform where both technical
standards and reforms can be discussed and experiences in and
information about markets around the world are exchanged in
different forums. Apart from that, the association acts as a
representative of their members’ interests towards political
Although these firms may not be huge,
their expertise in a specific area pushes them amongst
international market leaders. In relation to the textile sector,
German companies can offer production technologies along the
entire textile value chain from spinning, knitting, weaving,
nonwovens and finishing.
Those high-end technologies being in
demand all around the world, textile manufacturing is a very
export-oriented industry with about 95 per cent of their
products going abroad. More than half of these exports go to
Asia, with Pakistan ranking in the six top countries to which
German textile machinery is exported.
The export success of German textile
machinery has become a tradition for good reasons. Germany has
been the country with the highest numbers in exported textile
machinery for over fifty years.
Pakistani textile manufacturers, I had the
pleasure to learn on different opportunities when visiting
textile mills in Pakistan, value the first-class workmanship,
the durability and the ongoing support that German machinery
How high the demand for new disruptive
technology from Germany is was made clear to me once again
during the visit of a delegation of different German textile
machinery companies during November last year.
Montex 6500 by A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH &
Co. KG, Germany.
Many of the representatives had already
been to Pakistan on several occasions and had the chance to
discover not only the potential the Pakistani market poses but
also to get to know their partners as reliable and welcoming.
In my view, the Pakistani-German trade
relations regarding textile machinery on the one hand and
textile products on the other hand can be called symbiotic and
will continue to be a success. Pakistani producers can rely on
the GSP+ regulations for an easier access to the huge European
Changing customer demands, the most
prominent being a sustainable and fair production chain, present
new challenges for textile producers. Naturally, they also look
to the machine engineers for solutions in this regard.
In these times, we also realize how
dependent we have become on a functioning global trade and
shipping system. I am positive that the difficulties that we
face today mainly due to Covid-19 will be overcome soon.