2017 was a successful year for the Bühler Group which has its global headquarters in Uzwil, Switzerland. It organically increased its order intake by 10% to Chf 2.8 billion, its turnover by 9% to Chf 2.7 billion, and its earnings before interest and tax by 18% to Chf 205 million. As of year end, its order backlog amounted to Chf 1.7 billion (+9%). «Our innovation power provides the basis for this positive development of our organisation», said Ceo Stefan Scheiber.
These results mirror Bühler’s positioning as a provider of integrated process solutions for sustainable mobility and healthy food.
«In 2017, this clear focus has enabled us to continue to expand our technology and market positions and to further increase our competitiveness», he went on.
Both Bühler businesses contributed to this strong growth. Grains & Food increased its order intake and turnover by 7% to Chf 2.1 billion and Chf 2.0 billion, respectively. Advanced Materials boosted its order intake by 21% to Chf 672 million and its turnover by 19% to Chf 640 million.
Growth was also strong in the service business and the business for single machines, which together now account for 32% of total turnover.
Market share gains were achieved in particular by milling, feed, optical sorting, aluminium die casting, and optical coatings. In regional terms, order intake growth was especially pronounced in the Middle East & Africa (+48%) and Asia (+18%).
Bühler also further expanded its global production network. The focus here was on the opening of the new factory in Changzhou, China, which serves as a global manufacturing and R&D centre for animal feed production systems. The company celebrated the groundbreaking of its innovation campus in Uzwil (Cubic) in September 2017. The innovation campus is made up of two elements: the updated technology labs and the new innovation building. The campus is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019. Bühler faces the future with confidence. For the current fiscal year, the group expects to continue its present profitable growth path. «Our market foundations are sound. With our leading technologies and solutions we intend to achieve above-average performance in 2018 as well» Scheiber concluded.