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Industrial production volumes up by 17%

Posted on 8. June 2021 8:00

According to Statistics Estonia, in April 2021, the total production of industrial enterprises increased by 17% year on year. Production increased by 17% in the energy sector and by 18% in manufacturing, but decreased by 1% in mining.

Industry is the largest sector of the economy and an important driver of economic growth. The index of industrial production covers the economic indicators of three industrial activities: mining, energy production and manufacturing.

Helle Bunder, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that in April last year manufacturing production volumes decreased by 15% because of the declared emergency situation, but this year increased sharply, by 18%, due to the low reference base. “Production increased in almost all manufacturing activities. Among the activities with larger shares, production grew again in wood manufacturing (by 18.1%) as well as for the manufacture of metal products (by 18.6%), electronic products (by 10.1%), shale oil (by 37.1%), furniture (by 60.2%) and building materials (by 28.3%). There was moderate growth also in food manufacturing (0.9%),” added Bunder.

Of the total production of manufacturing, 68% was sold to the external market. The share of export sales was the largest in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and the manufacture of computers and electronic products. According to unadjusted data, the sales of production for export increased by 37% and sales to the domestic market by 17% year on year.

Change in volume index of manufacturing compared to same month of previous year*

In April compared to March, both the seasonally adjusted total industrial production and production of manufacturing increased by 4%.

In energy production, the volume of electricity production (in megawatt-hours) increased by 43% and the production of heat by 4% compared to April 2020.

The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing, January 2010 – April 2021 (2015 = 100)

Statistics Estonia performs the statistical activity “Production indices” for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications with the aim to determine the economic situation in Estonia.

Information about different industrial activities can be found on the business dashboards.

See also the dedicated section on industry.

As Statistics Estonia will soon transition to one database, tables on industrial production changed as of March 10. The changes can be viewed here.

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.


For further information:

Kadri Kütt
Media Relations Manager

Marketing and Dissemination Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9181

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