CHINA’S machinery industry continued to recover with rising profitability in the first half of the year, following moderate growth last year, according to a report released yesterday.
The report, issued by the China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF), said aggregate profits across the sector rose 19.6 percent to 715.3 billion yuan (US$115.9 billion) for the first six months, compared with an average 15.6 percent growth for the whole of 2013.
In light of the acceleration, the federation raised its profit growth forecast for this year to 15 percent from a 12 percent forecast made in February.
CMIF vice president Chen Bin attributed the improved performance to lower energy and raw material prices and increased added value, thanks to the innovations made by China’s machine makers.
Technology breakthroughs also put Chinese firms in a favorable position when doing business with foreign partners, the report said.
The trade surplus in the machinery sector in the first half rose to US$35.8 billion as more high-end machines were sold to overseas markets.
Despite the improvements, the report warned that difficulties remain. Sluggish domestic demand is pushing down prices and causing stockpiling, while high financing costs and account receivables are also a burden.
“Generally speaking, the machinery sector is improving. But firms should brace themselves for future uncertainties as prospects are not yet solid,” Chen said.