The year 2021 is coming to an end. The whole year has been a period of strong growth and Finnish metal industry output has returned to pre-Corona levels faster than expected. More recently, however, there have been signs of a slowdown in sales. The reason for this is understandable; machinery and equipment manufacturers have full order books and record delivery times, making it difficult to anticipate and commit buyers to an order. Another major factor slowing down trade is the rapidly rising costs that machine manufacturers are forced to pass on in their sales prices. Despite the slowdown, the outlook for next year is exceptionally bright. COVID-19 is still a major influence in all our lives, but its impact on industry is steadily decreasing.