Regarding international trade figures, in 2017 Europe had exported 1.57 billion euros worth of way-type unit head machines and similar ones used for drilling, boring, milling, threading or tapping. By comparison, that year machine tools for finishing metals by deburring, sharpening, grinding, honing, lapping or otherwise polishing saw their export value grow to nearly 2.4 billion euros, while imports for the same items were significantly lower.
The Swiss manufacturer of sheet processing systems Bystronic has seen their annual net revenues increasing in the past five years, reaching 856.1 million Swiss francs in 2017. Another Swiss producer, Georg Fischer had recorded even higher sales figures. Between 2013 and 2017 annual sales had grown from 3.8 billion to nearly 4.2 billion Swiss francs.