manroland Posts Order Gains in the First Half of 2011
This positive development has also had an effect on the employment situation: short-time work at the Offenbach factory, which has become necessary due to the economic crisis, ended in June. On group level, the job cuts already announced due to long-term capacity alignment are running according to plan. By the end of 2012, the number of employees is scheduled for reduction to under 6,000. Not including external personnel and trainees, as of June 30, 2011, manroland had a total staff of 6,630 worldwide, with approximately 84 percent in Germany. This represents a decrease of roughly 11 percent from the previous year.
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.