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    Bühler AG

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    14.02.2019   Bühler strengthens its strategic position and continues to grow     ( Company news )

    Company news The Bühler Group continued its positive development in 2018. All businesses achieved organic growth. Haas was successfully integrated into the Bühler Group in 2018 and contributed to Bühler’s success. Group turnover increased by 22% to CHF 3.3 billion. The Bühler Group has further strengthened its strategic position by establishing a third business pillar, Consumer Foods. Its new, most advanced factory in Changzhou, China, is fully operational, and construction of its CUBIC innovation campus in Uzwil, Switzerland is nearing completion. To drive digitalization, the company entered a partnership with Microsoft.

    “We are satisfied with the 2018 overall results. Volumes developed well, but profits were below our objectives. Despite risks such as trade conflicts, we are well positioned with our portfolio and our global organization, and look to the future with confidence,” says Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber (photo). The 2018 business year was characterized by continued organic growth in all businesses with a gain in market share, increased order intake, and higher turnover.

    Turnover grew for Grains & Food by 9.2% to CHF 2.2 billion, for Advanced Materials by 5.6% to CHF 705 million, and Haas contributed CHF 373 million. As a result of the Group’s combined organic and acquisitional growth, Bühler increased its order intake by 17% to CHF 3.3 billion and its turnover by 22% to CHF 3.3 billion, which resulted in an order backlog of CHF 1.9 billion (+5.9%). Regionally, Europe (+28%) and Asia (+40%) were the markets showing the strongest turnover growth.

    Financial position remains strong
    EBIT increased in absolute terms by 13% to CHF 231 million, which represents an EBIT margin of 7.1% (previous year: 7.6%). Profitability was impacted by necessary adjustments at our Changzhou, China site. After years of over-proportional growth in China, this move ensures its alignment with Bühler’s global standards and systems and sets the foundation for further expansion. Without this one time effect, EBIT margin would have reached 8%. With a slightly improved tax rate of 20.1% (previous year: 20.2%) and a financial result of CHF 4.6 million (previous year: CHF 13 million), net profit grew by 9% and reached CHF 188 million (previous year CHF 173 million).

    Operating cash flow increased by 28% to CHF 202 million. Net liquidity remained at a high level of CHF 445 million (+1.1%, excluding corporate bond of 420 million in previous year) despite high investments. The equity ratio decreased slightly to 42.2% (previous year: 44.5%), mainly due to effects from the Haas acquisition.

    New strategic pillar Consumer Foods
    Following the successful integration of Haas in 2018, Bühler decided to strengthen its leading position in the consumer foods market with the creation of a new strategic pillar beginning in 2019. With the new Consumer Foods business, the Bühler Group will increase its focus on this important global growth market. From the very beginning, this step generated positive momentum among employees and customers. “This encouraged us to accelerate the full integration and new setup of our food businesses,” says Bühler CEO Scheiber. Consumer Foods stands from January 2019 alongside Grains & Food and Advanced Materials. Under the leadership of Germar Wacker, Haas achieved CHF 382 million in order intake and CHF 373 million in turnover. This represents the best result in the history of Haas, driven mainly by the Wafer and Biscuit business units.

    Strengthening our global setup
    Investments in the asset base rose to CHF 118 million (+18%), driven by spending on the new CUBIC innovation campus and application centers, the ongoing modernization of the Swiss locations, and the ramp-up of sites in China. In addition to the acquisition of Haas and US-based Sputtering Components Inc., the funds were used for the development of new digital technologies and process solutions, as well as for strengthening our innovative capabilities. The new factory and R&D facility for the feed industry in Changzhou, China was opened in 2018 and is in full operation. Bühler also expanded its global production network with the opening of a new battery application lab in Wuxi, China; the move of Bühler’s Die Casting revision business to a new site in Brescia, Italy, and the modernization and expansion of the Uzwil site.

    The CUBIC innovation campus in Uzwil is nearing completion. The official inauguration of the fully operational campus is scheduled for spring. The CUBIC combines research and development with seven renewed application centers, which will be available to customers for conducting tests and trial series together with Bühler. The considerable investment of about CHF 50 million over a period of three years underscores Bühler’s commitment to innovation, technology, and the workplace Switzerland.

    Harnessing the power of digital
    Spending on research and development amounted to CHF 145 million (4.4% of turnover). The Group introduced more than 20 digital products, achieved sizable initial turnover, and entered a partnership with Microsoft in April 2018. Currently, customers can choose from a digital portfolio of over 30 digital services. A further 30 will be launched during 2019. In September, another milestone was reached with the launch of the Bühler Insights digital platform – our secure, high-performance, and reliable platform for all of our digital services. These initiatives create new potential for improving safety, quality, efficiency, and traceability across production value chains. Today, more than 85 % of our solutions can be connected to the platform. It offers numerous interfaces with standard industry automation and control systems, thus enabling the connection of a wide range of technologies.

    Bühler faces the future with confidence. The Group is aware of the accelerated changes in our digital age and is keeping a watchful eye on the current global developments that bring about a degree of uncertainty – including the geopolitical situation, currencies, interest rates, or trends counteracting free trade. New business opportunities arise time and again, for example in emerging African markets, in South America, or in connection with China’s new Silk Road. The combined Consumer Foods business is also expected to address new market potential. Bühler is convinced that its opportunities outweigh the risks.
    (Bühler AG)
    01.03.2017   Advanced grain cleaning solutions significantly reduce mycotoxin levels     ( Company news )

    Company news Mycotoxins, produced by fungal mold, are a growing health threat to people and animals. With a quarter of the world’s agricultural produce currently contaminated, according to the FAO. Mycotoxins ranks a third most important threat after bacteria and pesticides, which is whymaximum tolerance levels permitted in food and feedstuff are becoming crucial for food and feed producers. Meeting these requirements is possible with the right processes in place. Academic studies within the European project MycoKey and practical experience confirm that a very effective means to significantly reduce mycotoxin levels is via cleaning and optical sorting processes. Bühler solutions improve food and feed safety and product quality, helping customers adhere to regulatory requirements while achieving higher margins.

    The need to protect the health of humans and animals by limiting exposure to mycotoxins from grains is increasingly imperative, particularly in light of a recent United Nations (UN) report which confirmed the impact of climate change on food safety and security. It’s evident that extreme environmental conditions such as drought and rising temperatures have triggered an upsurge in toxic crops. This dangerous progression was identified as an “emerging environmental issue of our time” by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in a 2016 report (Toxic Crops and Zoonotic Disease). Previously more prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical regions, mycotoxin contamination is now on the rise in temperate regions – meaning it will increasingly become a food safety issue for Europe even if global temperatures can be limited to an increase of only 2-degrees Celsius, which UNEP deems unlikely. Climate change is increasing the prevalence of aflatoxin, one of the most poisonous mycotoxins.

    Mycotoxin scares have already been making headlines in Central Europe, such as a scare caused by aflatoxins in 2012-2013. At that time, headlines were dominated with the news that unsafe levels of the toxin were found in milk intended for human consumption as a result of dairy cows feeding on contaminated maize. For example, aflatoxins have been found in Italy, Hungary, and Romania. Mycotoxin levels in grain are a frequent reason to reject raw material for food and feed processing. Scarcity of raw materials, on the other hand, requires the industry to look for new solutions along the value chain.

    Knowing that just a few highly mycotoxin-contaminated kernels could make an entire grain lot unsafe for further use, it’s essential to implement post-harvest measures which reduce mycotoxin levels to ensure safe products, while ensuring economical yields and reducing losses. “Ultimately, it’s the prevention and reliable removal of mycotoxins as early as possible in the value chain that ensures the safety of foodstuffs produced for all consumer groups,” explains Matthias Graeber, expert in mycotoxin reduction and data analytics within Bühler’s Corporate Technology Group.

    Finding solutions to mitigate such food and feed safety issues is of critical importance to Bühler. The company invests roughly 5% of its turnover in research and development every year – creating breakthrough technologies and market-specific solutions to help its customers achieve long-term commercial success despite growing regulatory requirements and regardless of incoming product quality. Bühler has been partnering with science and applied research for many years in order to learn more about the value of integrating cleaning measures along the value chain. One such collaboration is with the experts from the European Horizon2020 project, MycoKey, which was initiated in mid-2016 to develop solutions for reducing major mycotoxins in economically important food and feed chains. The 6.4-million-euro project has partners from 32 organizations from a total of 14 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Together with Bühler and some of our customers, MycoKey, has run multiple, large-scale field tests to collect valuable data on the performance of grain cleaning solutions.

    A recent research activity specifically looked at the case of ergot alkaloids: To support its industrial milling customers in managing the growing risks associated with mycotoxins, Bühler initiated a study performed at two German rye mills to establish how the level of EA’s can be influenced by grain cleaning and milling processes. The study was carried out by Bühler with two industrial partners, a large milling group and an independent food safety laboratory. Applying the official sampling guidelines of the European Union, 10 rye lots at 12 tons each were tested at two mills. “Effective reductions of EA concentrations were found for the processing steps: separation by size (Combi cleaner, rotary screen), optical sorting (SORTEX), and surface treatments (scourer with aspirator). By far the highest statistical significance of EA reduction could be obtained by optical sorting,” Graeber explains. “This confirms the central importance of optical sorting in the rye supply chain, both at grain reception facilities and in mills.”

    The case for reducing levels of mycotoxins of any kind is clear considering the implications on consumer and animal health as well as to the commercial success of milling companies. Bühler technologies help achieve commercially viable yields – regardless of incoming product quality. For example, in a specific case the company has helped an Italian corn producer to recover 70–80 percent of contaminated maize and boost it from biomass to feed grade quality. Besides the obvious commercial sense of utilizing Bühler processes, they also make an important contribution to reducing post-harvest losses on a global level.
    (Bühler AG)
    08.02.2017   Bühler invests and grows    ( Company news )

    Company news Bühler showed a healthy performance in 2016. While continuing its policy of reinvesting profits to secure future development, the company has continued its growth path. Order intake in 2016 was up 3% to CHF 2.54 billion, compared to a decline of 4% in 2015. Turnover rose by 2% to CHF 2.45 billion, and profitability remained stable at 7.1% (EBIT margin). R&D investments were significantly increased. “For a company based in Switzerland, 2016 marked a real proof point considering the Euro/Swiss franc shift a year ago,” says CEO Stefan Scheiber (photo). “In this context, we can be satisfied with these results.”

    Both businesses of Bühler, Grains & Food and Advanced Materials, contributed to the success of the Group in 2016. The strategy of two businesses that are both based on leading process technologies and services, has proven successful. The Group’s performance was strongly supported by its customer service business. Customers appreciate the local network of 92 service stations worldwide. Consequently, the service business showed higher growth and recorded a turnover of CHF 578 million, which is 7% higher than last year. The service share of turnover now accounts for 24% (previous year: 22%). On a regional level, growth in North and South America, Europe, and China overcompensated the downturns in the Middle East & Africa and South East Asia. Overall, Bühler holds a very balanced position with its global presence: Europe reported a turnover share of 30%, Asia 25%, Middle East & Africa 15%, North America 17%, South America 6%, and South Asia 6%.

    Strengthened financial position
    Net profit remained stable at CHF 143 million. Despite ongoing high investments of CHF 71 million into the worldwide asset base, net liquidity grew significantly by 18% to CHF 462 million. With an equity ratio of 47% (previous year 46%), the Group is free from all bank liabilities. The return on net operating assets (RONOA) stayed on a high level of 19% (previous year: 22%). “With this strong financial position, Bühler is well equipped to continue investing into its own future”, says CEO Scheiber.

    Sustainability further enhanced
    We are fully committed to sustainability with the ambition of contributing to a safe and secure global nutrition system as well as a responsible usage of natural resources to limit the effects of climate change. The key lever to support these efforts is innovation: With new technologies and solutions, Bühler transforms global challenges and trends into new business opportunities. With around 40 new products and technologies, Bühler proved to be a true innovation accelerator in 2016 and maintained its position as the leading technology and solution provider in its industries. R&D investments were increased significantly by CHF 7 million to CHF 109 million, corresponding to a share of turnover of 4.4%. Bühler signed a partnership with Bosch to develop future IoT (Internet of Things) solutions. The company engaged with the start-up accelerator MassChallenge and won the prestigious Nestlé Research Award. With its Networking Days held in August 2016, Bühler brought together 750 leaders of the global grain and feed industry to discuss and develop sustainable solutions that address global challenges such as malnutrition and energy efficiency.

    Strong investment in new technologies, applications, and markets
    In line with its strategy of operating “in the region for the region”, Bühler also invested substantial sums in 2016 to enter new markets, develop decentralized applications centers, and further expand and update its global manufacturing network. Eight new service stations were added to the global network for a total of 92 locations with 60 workshops. This move further increases Bühler’s proximity to customers. In Vietnam, a new factory for rice equipment was opened. New regional applications centers were established, for example, in North America, and the buildup of a new production site in China is ongoing. In Switzerland, the company launched a modernization program. In the fields of battery manufacturing and insect processing, Bühler is set to capture the massive growth potential.

    Positive outlook for for 2017
    Regardless of day-to-day variations, Bühler is excellently positioned in global growth markets – the processing of basic foods & feeds and advanced materials. With a global setup, Bühler has achieved real customer proximity and truly lives up to the motto of being “locally relevant and globally leveraged”. Today’s megatrends such as the growing global population, increasing urbanization, or enhanced environmental awareness further benefit the strategic setup of the Group and unlock additional growth potential.

    “With the accomplishments of 2016, and a strong order backlog, Bühler has a positive outlook for 2017,” says CEO Scheiber. The dynamic nature of market and technology trends, regional developments, and political conditions make predicting potential business outcomes increasingly challenging. Bühler has adjusted to new developments with flexibility, a collaborative innovation model, and strong partnerships with customers, the science community, and technology and industry. Based on its leading technologies and solutions, Bühler aims to further increase its growth rate and profitability in 2017.
    (Bühler AG)
    16.02.2015   Maltomat III captures the market    ( Company news )

    Company news The new Bühler grist mill Maltomat III is in great demand. “30 machines per year” was the sales forecast for the Maltomat III – in fact, 40 machines were sold during 14 month! The grist mill was launched at the Drinktec 2013 in Munich, as a state-of-the-art system for efficiently grinding malted and unmalted grain. Initial customer reactions confirm: The new Maltomat III provides maximum yield, optimized husk volume and high throughput with great flexibility for the grinding of unmalted grain.
    (Bühler AG)
    18.07.2014   Bühler: Marked rise in order intake    ( Company news )

    Company news The Bühler Technology Group received orders worth CHF 1309 million in the first half-year of 2014. This is a substantial and purely organic increase of 12% over a year ago. With CHF 1031 million, sales revenues were slightly below the value of the previous year.
    This positive development is primarily attributable to the revival of the North and South American markets and the continuing stable growth in the emerging markets of China and India. Almost all business units contributed to growth. Bühler expects additional potential orders to be generated by the continuous addition to capacities in the Customer Service business. Furthermore, the corporate structure has been streamlined, and production capacities have been consolidated at some locations in Europe.
    Sales in the first six months of 2014 amounted to CHF 1031 million, dipping -2.8% slightly below the level of a year ago. However, as is usual in the plant and engineering business, the rise in orders will impact sales revenues with a certain time lag so that revenues for the entire fiscal year are expected to reach approximately the level of the previous year. Earnings, too, are projected to develop in a positive direction. The current backlog of orders is CHF 1600 million and thus 9% above last year’s value.
    (Bühler AG)
    12.02.2014   Bühler AG: Handing over the baton as Chairman of the Board    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Urs Buehler and Calvin Grieder

    Calvin Grieder’s appointment as the new Chairman of the Board at the General Meeting of Feb-ruary 10, 2014 and thus as Urs Bühler’s successor means that this is only the second time in the 150-year history of the company that Bühler will be chaired by a person from outside the Bühler family.

    Over forty years of service to Bühler
    Urs Bühler served the organization for over forty years. He joined the company in 1969 and headed it as CEO from 1986 through 2000. He was appointed Member of the Board for the first time in 1981, chairing this body from 1994 onward. During this time, he systematically further developed Bühler into a global Technology Group by successfully entering new emerging industries through innovative technologies and a “feel” for new markets. The company therefore owes him its profound thanks.

    Calvin Grieder is assuming his duty as the Chairman of the Board in addition to his function as CEO. In addition, Karin Bühler is the first of Urs Bühler’s three daughters to join the Board of Directors. This will ensure the continuity of Bühler as a company that is 100%-family-owned. Calvin Grieder has borne executive responsibility for the Group since 2001. In this function, he has left a strong imprint on the successful development of Bühler over the past twelve years. Plans for the medium term are to again appoint separate persons as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

    Urs Bühler comments this historical handing-over of the baton as follows: “I am happy to know that with Calvin Grieder, a personality will again chair the Board of Directors who has accumulated vast experience and profound knowledge of Bühler Group and can prove an outstanding track record. In the period during which he has acted as CEO up to now, sales revenue and earnings increased substantially and sustainably.”

    The new Chairman of the Board Calvin Grieder adds: “With Urs Bühler, a prominent personality is leav-ing the Board who has always led the company with great far-sightedness. In an unconstrained combi-nation of relying on proven approaches and being receptive to new developments, he led Bühler into a global dimension. The confidence that the Bühler family has placed in my person in the past and is still doing so for the future honors me extremely.”
    (Bühler AG)
    11.02.2014   Fiscal 2013 with higher order intake – Change in the Board of Directors.    ( Company news )

    Company news Bühler Group looks back on fiscal 2013 with very divergent results in the various business units and market regions. Order intake exceeded the level of a year ago by 1%. Sales revenue (turnover) was 4% lower than in the previous year. Due to one-time charges resulting from an acquisition, the EBIT margin fell to 6%.
    As announced some time ago, Urs Bühler left the Board of Directors with effect from yesterday’s General Meeting. His successor is Calvin Grieder, who continues to also act as CEO.

    Stable order intake
    Order intake amounted to CHF 2363 million and was thus 1% higher than a year ago. Whereas the Food Processing division grew by 7%, Grain Processing received 3% less orders. The Advanced Materials division increased its order intake by more than 4%, despite the disinvestment of the Thermal Processes business unit. Whereas the new-plant business frequently suffered delays due to financing challenges that customers faced, the customer service business grew once again at a rate of 8%.

    The picture is also mixed with regard to the development of order intake by regions. In North America, it slipped 17% below the value of the previous year, though this was still the second-best volume ever achieved. Declines were also suffered by the regions of Middle East/Africa (-14%) and India (-11%), especially due to the devaluation of some local currencies. On the other hand, Bühler booked 23% more orders in South America, which is a new record. Following a disappointing previous year, Europe grew by 11% in 2013. Asia achieved outstanding growth of +12%.

    Slightly lower revenue – lower profitability
    Sales revenue (turnover) in 2013 amounted to CHF 2322 million or 3.6% less than in the strong previous year (+13% from 2011); in organic terms, the change was -3%. With CHF 139 million or 6% of sales, the EBIT margin fell short of the result of the year before (CHF 168 million). On the one hand, this is due to the strategic optimization of the Advanced Materials division’s portfolio, which entailed integration and restructuring costs. Another one-time effect with a negative impact on Bühler Group’s profitability was unsatisfactory project management in some business units. The Group result is CHF 123 million or 5.3%. Regardless of the lower EBIT achieved in the year under review, Bühler deliberately maintained its high level of spending on research and development of over CHF 100 million as well as the global expansion of its local customer service organizations.

    Rejuvenation and internationalization of the Board of Directors
    At the General Meeting held on February 10, 2014, Urs Bühler and Hans J. Löliger left the Board of Directors because they have reached the statutory age limit. At the same time, Calvin Grieder was ap-pointed Chairman of the Board in addition to his function as CEO. Peter Quadri, a present Member of the Board, was appointed as the new Vice Chairman. Moreover, Karin Bühler as the first of Urs Bühler’s three daughters joined the Board of Directors (for a comment on Urs Bühler’s departure, please see the attachment). Bühler Group remains 100%-owned by the Bühler family. In a move to ensure targeted internationalization of the organization, the General Meeting elected two new members to the Board: Linda Yang, General Manager at Bongrain SA (China), and Frank N.J. Braeken, Chief Investment Of-ficer at Amatheon Agri Holding (Dubai). Linda Yang held positions with various international organiza-tions such as Nestlé and Procter & Gamble in China and has in-depth understanding of this market. Frank N.J. Braeken, a Belgian citizen, worked for Unilever for 25 years, lastly in the position of Chief Executive President for Africa.

    At the start of 2014, Bühler had a solid backlog of orders of CHF 1.3 billion. It provides the potential for achieving further growth on condition that the pace of capital investment picks up again. This assessment is also backed by the fact that Bühler operates in markets which are likely to continue to benefit from strong global social trends. These trends include in particular growing demand for safe, healthy, and affordable foods (Food Processing and Grain Processing divisions) and people’s increasing wish for intelligent mobility (Advanced Materials division). Bühler will also strive to steadily improve its operating excellence in order to further increase its productivity and flexibility. As no major one-time effects are expected in 2014 and capital investment in the markets are bound to bear fruit, Bühler continues to aim at an EBIT target bandwidth of 8% to 12% for the year 2014.
    (Bühler AG)
    11.07.2013   drinktec 2013 - Bühler AG    ( drinktec 2013 )

    drinktec 2013 Visit Bühler AG at drinktec 2013 in München, September 16 – 20, Hall B2 Stand 125
    01.02.2013   Fiscal 2012: Bühler continues growth with constant net profit.    ( Company news )

    Company news The Bühler Technology Group looks back on a challenging fiscal 2012. It increased both its order intake (+5%) and its turnover (+13%), with acquisitions ac-counting for the rise in order intake. As a result of the substantial investments made by the Group for securing its long-term future, the EBIT margin declined to 7.3% from last year. Its net profit of CHF 161 million was at the level of a year ago. For the current fiscal year, Bühler expects sales revenues at the same level as 2012 and a return to a double-digit EBIT margin.

    Bühler looks back on a challenging fiscal 2012. Its order intake increased by 5% to CHF 2345 million; in organic terms, it was at the level of a year ago. Of the three divisions, Grain Processing as well as Food Processing booked somewhat higher orders, whereas the orders received by the Advanced Materials division were consolidated at the record level of the previous years.
    Geographically speaking, developments varied widely. With 12% less orders received, Europe was especially disappointing. On the other hand, North America grew sharply (+44%). The plus side also includes the markets in China (+13%) and the Middle East/Africa (+7%). In all, the orders received from emerging countries thus for the first time exceeded 50% of the Group’s total volume.
    Turnover (sales revenue) rose by 13% to CHF 2409 million; adjusted for acquisitions, it exceeded the value of the previous year by 5%. The sharpest rise in sales was achieved by the Advanced Materials division (+47%) and was mainly driven by acquisitions. Grain Processing boosted its sales on a purely organic basis by 7%, whereas the revenue of Food Processing was 3% below the value of a year ago.

    Future investments aimed at enhancing profitability.
    In order to secure its long-term future, Bühler invested heavily in markets, its global service network, innovations, and new fields of application. As Bühler is convinced that innovation is and will remain its core growth engine, research and development spending rose substantially and for the first time exceeded CHF 100 million or more than four percentage points of turnover. In conjunction with higher restructuring costs for integrating new acquisitions, this resulted in a lower EBIT margin of 7.3% in the year under review compared to 2011. Bühler expects the investments in the future mentioned above to pay off in the coming years in the form of double-digit margins. The net profit remained at an encouragingly constant level of CHF 161 million in comparison to a year ago.

    For the first time more than 10,000 employees.
    The Group-wide payroll at the end of 2012 for the first time rose above the mark of 10,000 employees (previous year: 8,830). This sharp increase was primarily due to the strengthening of the Customer Service organization especially in Asia, as well as to new acquisitions. This expansion of our local personnel base also manifested itself, among other things, in a higher share of services of 20% of Group sales.

    Solid foundation for the future.
    For 2013, the Group’s turnover is expected to reach about the level of the previous year. Overall, the emerging economies stand to become the main pillar of business in terms of both sales revenue and earnings. In view of the recent investments made and the absence of extraordinary charges, the Executive Board expects the EBIT margin to return to a double-digit figure.
    (Bühler AG)
    24.01.2013   Bühler acquires all the shares of Maes SA and strengthens its service position in the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... French-speaking markets.

    The Bühler Technology Group has agreed with the existing owner family to acquire 100% of the French company Maes SA. This opens up additional prospects for Bühler in France and related markets, in particular in the field of Customer Service.

    Successfully established family-operated company
    Maes SA, which was set up in 1974 and is headquartered in the Alsatian town of Haguenau, France, specializes in products and services for the grain milling industry. The machinery of this family-operated company includes equipment for remachining grinding rolls of roller mills (regrinding and corrugating/fluting) as well as for manufacturing and retensioning plansifter sieves (used for grading grain particles after grinding on a roller mill). Maes SA has already been an important distribution partner of Bühler for France and other French-speaking markets in North and West Africa up to now, including after-sales service. The profitable company has a little over 50 employees and generates annual sales (turnover) of about EUR 35 million. The parties have agreed not to disclose the selling price.

    With this acquisition, Bühler is continuing its market penetration and expansion of its service business in the fields of installation, customer service, maintenance, overhauls, and roll reconditioning. The company, whose operations will continue to be headed by the existing management, will be integrated as part of the Bühler France organization in the Sales and Services division.
    (Bühler AG)
    22.03.2012   Successful Fiscal 2011 in a Tough Environment    ( Company news )

    Company news With sales (turnover) of CHF 2131 million, the global Bühler Technology Group once again achieved solid growth of about 12% (adjusted for exchange rates and organic plus 15%). Order intake rose by more than 3% to CHF 2233 million, in local currencies and ad-justed for acquisitions by 8%. EBIT was increased at a high level by over 7% to CHF 218 million (10.2 percentage points of sales), and net profits by 3% to CHF 163 million. For current fiscal 2012, the Executive Board expects a moderate increase in volumes due to the uncertain economic situation.

    Clear increase in order intake…
    Despite the well-known market turbulence such as the appreciable slumps following the turmoil in the Near East and the natural disaster in Japan, Bühler increased its order intake by 3% to CHF 2233 million, and adjusted for the effects of exchange rates and acquisitions by 8%. This growth was especially possible thanks to the Group’s strong roots in emerging markets.

    …and sales revenue
    Adjusted for exchange rates, the two Food Divisions managed to boost their sales volumes by about 20%, while the Advanced Materials Division benefited from the boom in the automotive industry and achieved growth of 35%. In geographical terms, this increase in sales is primarily due to China (+64%) and Europe (+15%). In Europe, the acquisition of Schmidt-Seeger accounts for about half of total growth and the related strengthening of the strategic market for grain logistics solutions. Asia with its 30% share of sales now has the same size as Europe.

    Once again a high operating margin
    With EBIT of CHF 218 million, which translates into 10.2%, Bühler Group once again generated a double-digit margin (previous year: 10.6%). The Group result of CHF 163 million exceeded that of the previous year by a little above 3%. Bühler countered the appreciation of the Swiss franc mainly by price adjustments, intensified relocation of sourcing to the euro and dollar regions, extended work hours in Switzerland, and higher productivity in all units.

    Solid balance sheet
    Despite considerable investments in additional production capacities, a high operating cash flow of
    CHF 197 million was again attained. Net liquidity increased further in the year under review and is now just under CHF 500 million. The return on net operating assets (RONOA) of 51% was maintained at the very high level of a year ago.

    Optimization and strengthening everywhere
    Group-wide spending on research and development in 2011 amounted to CHF 89 million or respectable 4.2 percent of total sales. These funds were invested in the new and further development of products with a focus on nutrition, safe foods, and energy efficiency. In addition, Bühler strengthened its local presence in the year under review by expanding its international customer service network by adding five new bases. Capital investments in tangible assets also rose appreciably, with a focus on additional production capacities in India, China, South Africa, and Brazil. Acquisitions in the areas of coatings, animal feeds, and sorting systems rounded off the product portfolio.

    Cautiously optimistic outlook for 2012
    The order backlog of CHF 1329 million as of the end of 2011 (+7% from the previous year) provides a solid basis for the current fiscal year. In view of the uncertain economic situation, the Executive Board expects a moderate rise in volumes. Long-term global challenges must be added to the short-term prospects, for example the fiercer competition for natural resources and as a consequence rising raw commodity prices. But thanks to ongoing product innovations and substantial investments in local market presence to the outside plus flexibilization of the organization and higher productivity to the inside, Bühler is well equipped to face even adverse conditions. This allows the Group to look forward with confidence beyond the immediate horizon.
    (Bühler AG)
    12.01.2012   Schmidt-Seeger GmbH is now Bühler GmbH    ( Company news )

    Company news In September 2010, Schmidt-Seeger GmbH was acquired by the Bühler Technology Group. Now that the integration has been completed, the company will in the future appear solely under the name Bühler GmbH. The acquisition of this German grain management specialist has enabled Bühler to significantly increase its conveying, cleaning, drying, dedusting, and storage competencies, especially in the area of grain collection. These capabilities are now united in the Grain Logistics business unit.
    The new Grain Logistics business unit has its center of competence at the site of the former company Schmidt-Seeger GmbH in Beilngries, north of Munich. Since the acquisition by Bühler, a joint integra-tion team has been busy defining the future form of collaboration and the potential synergies. The operating business processes are not affected. Nothing will change for customers and other business partners as a result of this renaming into Bühler GmbH, and the usual contacts will be retained.
    The new business unit meets the challenges of ensuring optimal grain supplies as a consequence of global population growth and climate changes. Our joint customers can in the future obtain further opti-mized and especially integrated solutions along their value-added chains from a single source. This is a significant contribution to quality assurance and retraceability of foods. In addition, the merging has expanded the global customer service network.
    At, the Grain Logistics business unit also presents its machine design adapted to the Bühler colors in addition to the new joint range of products and services.
    (Bühler AG)
    24.03.2011   Fiscal 2010: Profitable Growth    ( Company news )

    Company news The global Buhler Technology Group has once again grown markedly in its anniversary year 2010. Order intake increased 21% to CHF 2160 million, sales revenue (turnover) 11% to CHF 1907 million, and operating profits (EBIT) at a higher-than-proportional rate to 10.6% of total sales. The Group owes this success especially to the identification of market trends such as improved food safety and higher energy efficiency. For the current fiscal year 2011, Buhler expects to further increase its turnover.
    All three Group divisions contributed to the higher order intake. In sales revenue, both the Advanced Materials division and the Grain Processing division achieved significant growth. On the other hand, the turnover of the Food Processing division slipped slightly due to the delayed market recovery. Overall, sales growth was primarily organically driven.
    The Group’s global orientation was further strengthened. In geographical terms, Africa, the Americas, and Asia developed very encouragingly. On the other hand, turnover in the mature markets of Europe and in Eastern Europe contracted. Thus, Asia is now Buhler’s strongest region in terms of volume, demonstrating the increasing significance of this market. Buhler’s regional spread allowed a good balancing of risks.

    Identification of attractive market trends
    Buhler invested over CHF 80 million in research and development also in 2010. Various strategic initia-tives systematically trace global, sustainable market trends. On the one hand, the development of new mid-market customer segments contributed substantially to the Group’s success. On the other hand, the discussion about safe and healthy foods stimulated demand for Buhler technologies.

    Investments in global service readiness
    One of the areas that developed very encouragingly was the Customer Service business (services, spare parts, expendable materials), whose share of total Group sales has risen steadily over the past years. Buhler customers also benefit from the Group’s worldwide sales organization. Buhler further expanded also these capabilities during the past year.

    High productivity
    Improvement of productivity was further pushed. The “Total Synchro” production system rolled out three years ago has boosted efficiency. As a result, the structural costs increased at a lower-than-proportional rate relative to sales.

    Confident outlook on 2011
    The order backlog of CHF 1238 million as of the end of 2010 was almost 30% above the level of a year ago and provides a solid basis for 2011. Turnover is therefore expected to continue to rise also in the current fiscal year. The increasing volatility of the global economy and the intensified competition for natural resources will continue to pose a challenge for Buhler in the coming years while at the same time offering a high potential. (Bühler AG)
    09.02.2011   Bühler: Successful Anniversary Year 2010    ( Company news )

    Company news The Buhler Technology Group can look back on an encouraging business year 2010. For the first time in the Group’s 150-year history, order intake exceeded the mark of two billion Swiss francs. Also sales and operating result (EBIT) continued to grow.
    The anniversary year will be known as one of the best in Buhler’s history. With CHF 2160 million or 21% more than a year ago, the order intake passed the mark of two billion Swiss francs, although the first quarter was still characterized by the turmoil in the global economy. All three divisions contributed to the growth. The greatest leap of 48% was achieved by Advanced Materials, followed by Food
    Processing (+27%) and Grain Processing (+15%). This pronounced increase in order intake was espe-cially due to the emerging markets in Asia (+39%), North and South America (+19%), and the Middle East (+96%). Thus, business is now spread evenly across the four main regions – Europe, Middle East/Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
    A perceptible improvement was also achieved in sales growing 11% to CHF 1907 million (+13% on a currency adjusted basis). The operating result (EBIT) was exceeding sales growth. (Bühler AG)
    22.09.2010   Buhler acquires Schmidt-Seeger    ( Company news )

    Company news The acquisition of Schmidt-Seeger by Buhler announced on August 20, 2010 has been approved by the German Federal Cartel Office without any restrictions. Both companies are highly satisfied and look forward to achieving the envisioned global growth targets together.

    The strategic acquisition of Schmidt-Seeger by Buhler creates a global corporate unit for Grain Management and Malting. Buhler is thus giving consideration to the challenge of ensuring optimal grain supplies in view of global population growth and climate change. In the future, the customers of Buhler and Schmidt-Seeger will be able to purchase even better and in particular integral solutions along their value chains from a single source. This allows a significant contribution to be made to the quality assurance and retraceability of foods.
    Schmidt-Seeger is a profitable company headquartered in Beilngries north of Munich (Germany) which operates additional production sites in Döbeln (Saxony) near Dresden (Germany) and in Delhi (India). Schmidt-Seeger operates on a global scale as a plant supplier in the field of Grain Management. The company has proven know-how in the areas of drying, storage, and handling of grain as well as in the field of malting.
    Schmidt-Seeger will be integrated as an affiliated company in the Grain Processing division of Buhler. The site in Beilngries will be expanded into a global Buhler Grain Management center of competence. No job cuts are planned in connection with the acquisition. A joint integration team has already started work. In the coming months, it will forge ahead with the concrete steps of rapid strategic and operational merging of the two organizations.
    The contracting parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. (Bühler AG)
    20.07.2010   Buhler commits to food safety    ( Company news )

    Company news The Buhler Technology Group is supporting the “Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership” (GIFSL) within the scope of multi-year support to the University of Minne-sota.
    The global GIFSL initiative involves educational institutions in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa and is working together with government agencies, private companies from the food sector and non-governmental organizations. It is fostering an inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural network, car-rying out training programs to support international cooperation and encouraging strategic partnerships to promote food safety. Since 2008, more than 500 people from almost 50 countries have taken part in the GIFSL programs.
    As a provider of production technologies for food manufacturing, food safety has always been a core theme for Buhler. The commitment of the globally active group can therefore be viewed as a wider initiative in ongoing efforts to offer optimum solutions for customers, which meet the growing require-ments of food safety.
    The support of the University of Minnesota as an active member of GIFSL will extend over several years. The funds will be used on the one hand for professional further training programs, and on the other hand to promote cooperation between food manufacturers and providers of the process engineering technologies required for this. This will stimulate attention to hygiene aspects in the planning, construction and equipping of plants. The primary objective is to improve global systems for ensuring food safety. (Bühler AG)
    17.06.2010   New additive Oxylink™ and Grinding & Dispersion equipment to be represented at Chinacoat 2010    ( Company news )

    Company news Buhler will be represented at the Chinacoat 2010 in Guangzhou, P. R. China from September 27 - 29, 2010. Buhler business unit Nanotechnology introduces its new functional additive Oxylink™ to the Asian market and the business unit Grinding & Dispersion presents process solutions for manufacturing inks, paints and coatings.
    Since its inception in 1996, the CHINACOAT (The China Int'l Exhibition for Coatings, Printing Inks and Adhesives) exhibition has been the key event for coatings, printing inks and adhesives suppliers who wish to enter, expand and consolidate their positions in this market. As an annual event, Chinacoat alternates between the cities of Guangzhou and Shanghai. CHINACOAT provides a global platform for exhibitors to meet decision-makers from this industry across the world, from China to Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East. In terms of size, number of exhibitors and visitors, CHINACOAT is now one of the largest coatings shows in the world today.
    - Asian Rollout of Oxylink™: “The additive for better waterborne coatings”
    Buhler dedicates a special booth to present solely its new paint and varnish additive Oxylink™ for waterborne coatings at booth number 10K09/11/1.3. The innovative additive comprises a performance-optimized formulation of nanoparticles in water. Oxylink™ increases the cross-link density of waterborne resin systems which results in an enhanced overall performance including increased MEK rub resistance, blocking and humidity resistance, as well as other resistance properties. In addition, Oxylink™ reduces the time to further processing of the coated substrates. The additive strengthens the film by direct chemical interaction of its tailor-made nanoparticles with the functional groups of the polymeric binder. As Oxylink™ doesn’t change the in-can stability of the formula it is particularly interesting for 1-pack systems.
    Oxylink™ was developed by Bühler PARTEC GmbH in Germany. PARTEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Buhler’s business unit Nanotechnology. It specializes in the processing and refining of nanoparticles (1-100 nm) into ready-to-use performance additives.
    - Trend setting Buhler solutions in wet grinding and dispersing technology
    The Buhler business unit Grinding & Dispersion is bringing the global wet grinding and dispersing technology industry standard to China! Due to the rising requirements regarding grinding efficiency and product properties like particle size, colour strength or gloss the leading manufacturers in the inks, paints and coatings industry are scanning the market for new production solutions. Buhler with its 150 years of experience in the wet grinding and dispersing industry is introducing the latest equipment and production concept in order to increase performance, efficiency and profit.
    In addition the business unit Grinding and Dispersion will strengthen its presence in China by opening their RADEC (Research and Development and Education Centre) in Wuxi by September 2010. Buhler will offer their customer the ability to conduct application trials with their product by using the latest grinding technology of Buhler. (Bühler AG)
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