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Würth Grupi aastaülevaade 2012

14.02.2013

Würth Group closes the business year 2012 with
record sales
· Further growth of the operating result
· Investment in growth markets
· Sales increase of 2.9 percent.
 

Würth Group closes the business year 2012 with
record sales


· Further growth of the operating result
· Investment in growth markets
· Sales increase of 2.9 percent.

     Künzelsau. In the business year 2012, the Würth Group achieved the highest
sales volume in corporate history at 9.98 billion EUR. According to the
preliminary annual financial statement, the company thus grew by 2.9 percent.
The sales growth of the Würth Group, which is low compared to the past years,
is primarily to be explained by the sales decline in Southern Europe. The
number of employees went down by 1.4 percent to 65.169 worldwide
(previous year: 66,113). The operating result 2012 will increase
disproportionately to the Group's sales to EUR 410 - 420 million.
Robert Friedmann, Chairman of the Würth Group's Central Managing Board, is
ambivalent in his evaluation of the past business year: "It is true that most of the
business units grew this year, and the sales figures reported by our companies
in North America and Scandinavia are particularly pleasing, yet a number of
companies were hit very hard by the poor economic situation in Southern
Europe. In 2013, we have to launch offensives at fast growing regions and
industries at full force which is why already in 2012 we made a few welltargeted
acquisitions in the chemical industry. In stagnating markets, though,
we will keep a low profile."
The planning for 2013 sees the Würth Group reporting growth in the medium
single-digit range owing to the fact that in the currently insecure development of
the global economy no growth impulses are to be expected.
 

About the Würth Group


The Würth Group is the world's market leader in its core business, the trade in assembly and
fastening materials. It currently consists of more than 400 companies in over 80 countries and
has more than 65,000 employees on its payroll. Approximately 30,000 employees are
permanently employed sales representatives.
In the Group's core business, the Würth Line, the sales program for craft and industry
comprises 100,000 products - from screws, screw accessories and anchors over tools to
chemical-technical products and personal protection equipment.
The Allied Companies of the Würth Group, which either operate in business areas adjacent to
the core business or in diversified business areas, round off the range by offering products for
DIY stores, material for electrical installations, electronic components such as circuit boards as
well as financial services. They generate approximately 40 percent of the Würth Group's sales
volume.

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