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- Sectors: Metalworking

Exports of metalworking industry products amounted to EUR 6.96 billion in 2010, representing growth of 31.5% over 2009. This matches metalworking industry exports in 2007. (Exports declined by 61% in 2009.) Exports of metalworking industry products represented 9.7% of total exports.

Characteristics of Hungarian Subcontractors (Metal Industry)

  • Export orientation: over 70% exports
  • Main export markets: Germany, Austria, France, Netherlands, other EU states
  • Languages of communication: German, English


  • Modern machinery park
  • Highly-skilled workers
  • Cost-effective manufacturing
  • Short lead times
  • Flexibility
  • Reliability


  • Strong dependence on 2-3 main partners
  • Lack of marketing skills (often no foreign language webpage, company brochures)

Semi-products: plates, slabs, strips, wires, bars, tubes

Parts and Components

Welded steel structures (light, medium, heavy constructions)

  • Typical company size: 50-250 employees
  • Former machinery manufacturers
  • Certificates: ISO 9001, 9002, DIN 18800/7, EN ISO 3834-2
  • Typical products: machinery frames, building, mining, agricultural machine parts
  • Extensive international experience: Terex Group, Atlas Copco, Voest Alpine


  • Typical company size: 20-100 employees
  • Many market players (2000+), strong competition
  • Small, medium, large series, prototypes
  • Supplied industries: machine industry, automotive industry
  • Modern machinery park (3-4-5 axis CNC machining centres)
  • Engineering with CAD/Cam, edgeCAM, ProEngineer software
  • Certificates: ISO 9001, (ISO TS 16949, AS 9100)
  • Materials: steel, aluminium, plastic

Sheet-metal works

  • Typical company size: 30-100 employees
  • Laser cutting, edge bending, MIG, MAG, robot welding, spot welding, stamping, assembly
  • Typical products: equipment houses, boxes, switchgears, metal tanks (pressure and ordinary)
  • Materials: steel, stainless steel, aluminium
  • Certificates: ISO 9001, ISO TS 16949, ISO 3834-2, EN 13445


  • Technologies: aluminium pressure casting, gravity casting, sandcasting, GG, GGG casting, steel casting, investment casting
  • Certificates: ISO 9001, ISO TS 16949
  • Association of Hungarian Foundries (


  • Very few market players
  • Typical weights: 0.05 - 16 kg
  • Materials: aluminium, steel, brass
  • Typical products: pistons, compressor pistons, compressor connecting rods, brake sections, gear pump components, gas pressure bottle neck rings, air cylinder pistons, vehicle parts, electronic industry parts


  • Number of market players: around 400
  • Plastic and metal injection moulding tools, cold forming tools, stamping tools, RPT
  • Hungarian Tool Makers’ Association ( – 60 members

Heat and surface treatment

  • Case hardening, annealing, tempering, nitriding, anodizing, galvanizing,
  • zincing, nickelizing,
  • powder coating, KTL etc.

Main associations:

Association of Hungarian Foundries -
Hungarian Tool Makers’ Association -
Association of Hungarian Steel Industry –
Hungarian Steel Association -

Sector manager: Orsolya Szávai (