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manroland Outlines Standalone Strategy for Future Success

September 17, 2010
OFFENBACH/MAIN, GERMANY—9/17/2010—The Executive Board and investors in manroland AG, the second-largest manufacturer of printing systems in the world, have agreed on a corporate growth strategy to ensure lasting independence.

The global market for printing systems has changed distinctly over the past few years: In the established industrial countries, the market is characterized by a drop in volumes and consolidation; however, dynamic growth is taking place in the emerging markets and manroland is playing a major role there.

“These newly implemented measures allow us to actively respond to changing conditions and position ourselves for future growth. We are convinced that manroland must seize these opportunities as a company on a standalone basis,” explains Gerd Finkbeiner, CEO of manroland.

To remain successful in the long run, manroland must make adjustments to its structures and processes. As a result, the three German production sites will be assigned clear core competencies. In addition, the main focus is firmly on growth markets and the services sector.

Supported by the major investor
As a long-term oriented investor, Allianz Capital Partners welcomes this clear decision for a standalone solution and supports the necessary restructuring. “We are pleased about the clear support of our investors,” adds Gerd Finkbeiner.

The strategy for lasting independence includes the following points:

1. An unchanged basic structure: manroland will continue to build systems for sheetfed printing and web offset printing at three sites. Each of the three sites will be assigned a specific core competence:

• In the future, the sites in Augsburg (web offset presses) and Offenbach (sheetfed presses) will concentrate exclusively on manufacturing complex parts and assembly.

• The Plauen site will become the business sector for industrial production. As a competence center for mechanical production and module assembly, the Plauen plant will manufacture products for manroland and other customers.

2. Integration of the business activities for the sheetfed and web offset sector:

• Consolidation of the business units for small newspaper presses (until now at the Plauen site) and large newspaper presses at the Augsburg site.

• Centralization of electronic activities.

• The foundry in Offenbach will provide both business sectors with cast parts.

• Concentration of the central functions for the Group at the Augsburg site.

3. Establishment of a new Technical and Industrial Services business sector consisting of about 300 employees who will focus on the following activities:

• Industrial consultation

• Subcontracting of highly qualified technical experts.
 

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