futronic: significant increase in sales

In the fiscal year just ended, futronic GmbH generated sales revenues of around EUR 7.2 million – an impressive increase of approximately 14% compared to the previous year. The share of sales from pro…

In the fiscal year just ended, futronic GmbH generated sales revenues of around EUR 7.2 million – an impressive increase of approximately 14% compared to the previous year. The share of sales from projects for customers outside the glass industry rose to just under 30%. futronic is optimally placed to continue its steady growth trajectory as it enters the new financial period with its order books well filled. The company is currently on the lookout for several qualified staff. We are more than satisfied with this positive result, sums up Michael Preuss, who has been managing director of futronic together with Wolfgang Lachmann since 2004. The current order situation and the level of development and production capacity utilization in the next few months are excellent. Preuss is confident that the upward trend will continue. Although the company is endeavouring to handle peak workloads with the help of temporary employment agencies in the short term, a firm commitment to growth has been promised for the medium term: We are desperately seeking several qualified staff. The Tettnang control system specialist currently provides work to 55 permanent employees and six trainees. The sales growth achieved in the fiscal year, which ended 31 March 2011, reflects the positive overall economic trend. The investment climate both in the container glass industry futronic“s core market and in its fledgling industrial automation segment has improved tangibly. Parallel to this, the company has successfully extended its worldwide sales network in the last 12 months and presented its products and services at numerous international exhibitions. These measures have definitely paid off, Preuss continues. About 50% of all orders from customers spanning a variety of market segments are received from abroad, says Preuss. That“s more than ever before in the history of our company. The majority of them concern machinery for new plant or the modernization of existing equipment in the glass production industry. The successful launch of the new FDU24S drive system plays an important role here. At the same time, futronic has recorded a significant increase in commissions from the mechanical and plant engineering sector, for instance in bulk solids handling: their share of total sales leapt from 11% in the corresponding period last year to 29% this year. We“ve reached our 25% target ahead of schedule, explains Wolfgang Lachmann, futronic“s co-managing director. The trend in product business is similarly encouraging. The Opanski 2002, for example has meanwhile gained a firm foothold in the market. This warning system for oil separators based on radio technology was developed by futronic together with a partner and is sold through, and installed by, authorized distributors. futronic GmbH is one of the world“s top three suppliers in the field of complex automation solutions for plant and equipment manufacturers in the glass production industry. The company has grown considerably in recent years: a team of 61 staff currently support around 900 installations worldwide.