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Würth kontserni aasta 2013 eesmärgiks 10 miljardit eurot.

23.07.2013

Aasta esimese poole Würth kontserni käive oli 4,9 miljardit eurot. Võrreldes eelmise aastaga on seda 3% vähem, seda suuresti tänu keerulisele olukorrale Saksamaa majanduses aasta esimeses kvartalis. Aasta eesmärgiks on seatud 10 miljardit eurot. Töötajaid on hetkel 64064. Pikemalt loe ingliskeelsest pressiteatest.
 

PRESSEMITTEILUNG/PRESS RELEASE
 


Würth Group plans to cross EUR 10 billion mark
The first six months of 2013:
· Sales decline due to weak first quarter
· Operating result at last year's level
· Restructuring of the Group management
· 64,064 employees worldwide (as of 30 June 2013)
The Würth Group closed the first half of 2013 with total sales of EUR
4.9 billion. This corresponds to a year-over-year decrease of 3.0
percent, which can be attributed to the difficult economic environment in
key markets such as Germany, especially in the first quarter of the year
2013. The long winter, for example, hindered sales growth in the
strategically important construction sector. The unstable economic
situation in Southern Europe is adding to this development, putting a
drag on Würth's business for several years now. After adjusting for the
Group's solar activities, which have been abandoned in the meantime,
the overall decline in sales comes to 0.8 percent. The operating result
was stabilized on the level of the previous year at
EUR 205 million.


Robert Friedmann, Chairman of the Central Managing Board of the
Würth Group, regards the situation as challenging, but is nonetheless
optimistic for the second half of the year. "It cannot be denied that the
general economic situation is working against us at the moment. Often
this can be felt in lower total order values. However, the second quarter
of 2013 is already pointing towards a recovery. Other leading
indicators such as incoming orders in our electronics group or the
development of our automotive businesses give us reason to expect
stronger sales growth in the Würth Group over the next six months."
Examples of profitable business operations in the first half of the year
include the Wood Group in North America, Würth Group China, the
electronics company eiSos as well as a number of South American
subsidiaries. In times of economic crisis, Würth's regional diversity as
well as its great variety of different business segments has again proven
its worth.


Restructuring of the Group management


On 1 July 2013, changes to streamline the management structure of the
Würth Group came into effect. Shorter reporting lines and consolidated
responsibilities increase the Group's agility and performance. The body
was reduced from seven to four members. Robert Friedmann remains
Chairman of the Central Managing Board with Peter Zürn as Deputy
Chairman, while Joachim Kaltmaier will continue in the role of financial
manager. Uwe Hohlfeld was newly appointed to the Central Managing
Board to take charge of strategic planning and controlling. Mr.
Hohlfeld has been a member of the management of Adolf Würth
GmbH & Co. KG since 2003.


Employees
The number of employees dropped to 64,064 in the first half of 2013
(December 2012: 65,169). The negative sales development forced
the Group to further reduce its workforce. In Germany, the Würth
Group has a total of 19,413 employees, while the Würth companies
abroad account for 44,651 of the Group's employees.

Outlook
Würth is focusing on the development of new business segments such
as e-business and targeted investments in growth markets to cross the
€10 billion mark in the current business year. "We are still expecting to
see low single-digit sales growth and a satisfactory development of the
operating result in 2013." (Friedmann)
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 with more than 64,000
employees on its payroll. Approximately 30,000 of them are permanently employed sales
representatives. In the business year 2012, the Würth Group attained a worldwide sales volume of EUR
9.98 billion.
 


In the core business, the Würth Line, the product range for trades and industry comprises over 100,000
products: from screws, screw accessories and anchors to tools, chemical-technical products and personal
protective 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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