LOSSBURG, Germany—Arburg GmbH & Co. has released a provisional 2016 sales figure of approximately $677.4 million, a record level for the third year running, according to Michael Hehl, managing partner of the family-owned German injection molding machinery group.
Final figures were not yet available, Hehl said at a press briefing March 14 on the eve of the annual Arburg Technology Days open house at the group's production facility in Lossburg. The figure includes Arburg's worldwide subsidiaries, is 8.6 percent higher than the figure given by Hehl for 2015 at the 2016 Technology Days event, itself up 5.8 percent over 2014.
Sales director Gerhard Boehm said the present order intake level is "at a very good level, similar to 2015," when it had grown 16 percent over 2014. Sales in Mexico and the U.S. were "excellent" in 2016, Boehm said, and that sales position has continued under the new U.S. administration.
Incoming orders for electric drive machines, which include hybrid models and the Golden Electric launched one year earlier, rose 14 percent in 2016. In terms of the share of overall sales, electric machines increased from 22 percent in 2015 to 27 percent in 2016, within which hybrid models rose 2 percent to reach a 16 percent share.
The Golden Electric machine already accounts for around 15 percent of Arburg's electric machine sales. Böhm said the Golden Electric has been very well received and is achieving good progress in Southeast Asia, as intended and expected, becoming a means for Arburg to compete better in the region against Japanese standard electric-drive machines that are popular there.
The share of sales for hydraulic machines dropped from 65 percent to 57 percent in 2016. This is not surprising against a background of increasing electric machine sales, and also because there had been exceptionally strong 2015 hydraulic growth due to some large orders from regular customers.
Sales in turnkey production systems accounted for a 17 percent share, up by 2 percentage points.
Arburg considers machine with clamping forces of 250 metric tons and above as "large" machines, and Hehl announced that the share of turnover in these larger machines rose from 21 percent to 24 percent in 2016.