manroland Posts Order Gains in the First Half of 2011September 1, 2011
Despite the positive development, manroland does not expect a return to the boom level of 2007. “We are assuming 75 percent of the pre-crisis volume in the sheetfed sector and around 60 percent in the webfed sector. Measured against the boom year, our sheetfed results at present are at approximately 60 percent, and webfed almost 50 percent,” says Finkbeiner. For the full year 2011, manroland targets sales of more than €1 billion.
The product innovations for commercial and sheetfed printing presented in the first half of 2011 were greeted enthusiastically by international customers and are bound to stimulate sales in the second half of 2011. The partnership with Océ and the resulting opportunities for combining both offset and digital printing have also generated strong interest amongst customers. The IFRA Expo fair in Vienna in October will bring further impetus to newspaper printing. A slight decline in demand is nevertheless expected, particularly in China.
The new manroland Industrial Services business sector was established on January 1, 2011 and now has around 100 employees. In the medium term, this number is expected to increase to about 300. manroland offers the services of highly qualified personnel for the engineering sector and thus responds to the growing demand for specialized skilled staff.
Another growth area is the new business sector manroland Mechatronic Systems in Plauen, which supports customers through expanding their development and production capacity. On request, manroland takes over the complete realization of projects, as well as manufacturing and assembly of individual components—from large assemblies right up to plant and equipment that works in tolerances measured in micrometers.
The two new business sectors that were established in the course of the strategic realignment announced in fall 2010 are expected to already make a positive contribution to the company’s earnings in the second half of 2011. They show how manroland’s core expertise can also be successfully utilized beyond the company’s core business.