About Machinery

Machinery is the industrial manufacturing sector that produces machines and components for other machines. It is, by definition, a very broad sector that ranges from products for daily use, such as boilers, to instruments essential for professional sectors, such as earthmoving and other construction equipment, office equipment, refrigerating equipment, and semiconductor fabricating equipment.

In terms of production value, the machinery industry’s total production value in 2011 amounted to ¥59,646 billion, or around 1.25% of Japan’s GDP. The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry often divides the sector into sub-sectors, the two biggest of which are transport equipment, which accounts for 45.3% of market value, and general machinery which amounts to 22%. Other minor sub-sectors are electronic components and devices, whose production represented 12.5% of the total value of the sector in 2011, electrical machinery (10.8%), information and communication electronic equipment (7.3%) and precision machinery (1.4%).

Japan Machine Tool Builders' Association, Size of the Machine Tool Industry, 2012

Table of Contents

  • Main Trends in the Sector
  • Growth Forecasts
  • Imports
  • Heavy Machinery
  • Expert report
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs