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Novedades - Bühler AG

Bühler AG



Novedades - Bühler AG

Newsgrafik #36455

New Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Group  (Company news)

Stefan Scheiber (photo), CEO of Bühler Group, was elected as a new Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Holding AG at an extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting on August 28, 2020. At her request, Ruth Metzler-Arnold will resign from the Board of Directors of Bühler Group in February 2021.

At the extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting on August 28, 2020, the shareholders elected Stefan Scheiber unanimously as a new member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Holding AG with immediate effect. Stefan Scheiber (54) is a Swiss national, married, and lives with his family in Wil SG, Switzerland.

Stefan Scheiber started his career at Bühler in 1986 and has spent more than 30 years with Bühler in different functions. From 1988, he has worked in various international management positions within Bühler worldwide, including East and South Africa, Eastern Europe, and Germany.

In 1999, he took charge of the Brewing/Malting and Rice business units and thereafter, assumed overall responsibility for Bühler in Germany. From mid-2005, Stefan Scheiber headed the Sales & Services division as a Member of the Executive Board. In 2009, he was assigned Division Manager of the Engineered Products Division which he reorganized into the Food Processing and the Advanced Material divisions. He led the Food Processing division as of 2009.

In 2014, he integrated the Food Processing and the Grain Processing divisions, creating the Grains & Food business, which he led until 2016. Stefan Scheiber was appointed CEO of the Bühler Group on July 1, 2016. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Kistler Group and a Member of the Executive Committee of Swissmem.

Ruth Metzler-Arnold will resign in 2021
Ruth Metzler-Arnold expressed her intent to resign from her assignments as a Member of the Board of Directors and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee of Bühler Group with effect by the ordinary general shareholders’ meeting on February 11, 2021. She has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler since December 2011 and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee for the last six and a half years. Rainer E. Schulz, Member of the Board of Directors, shall succeed Ruth Metzler-Arnold as the new Chairman of the Audit Committee.

The shareholders as well as the Members of the Board of Directors express their sincere thanks to both, Ruth Metzler-Arnold as well as Stefan Scheiber for their long-time commitment and dedication to Bühler, and wish them all the very best.
(Bühler AG)

Newsgrafik #36197

Change in the Group Management of Bühler  (Company news)

Picture: Samuel Schär has taken over the responsibilities as Head of the global SAS organization, in addition to his current function as CEO of the Advanced Material Business

Bühler’s Executive Board member Dieter Vögtli has passed away last Friday, June 5, due to a short but major illness. Dieter Vögtli headed the global Service & Sales (SAS) organization of the company and was previously responsible for Bühler’s business in Asia. “We lose a great entrepreneur, a powerful leader, and a very close friend,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO at Bühler Group. Samuel Schär, in addition to his current function as CEO of Bühler’s Advanced Materials business, has taken over the responsibilities as head of the SAS organization.

Dieter Vögtli, a mechanical engineer who graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), started his career as a global power plant commissioning engineer at the Swiss-based Brown Boveri Co. He joined Bühler in 2004, first as country head China, and from 2009 onwards also as head of Bühler Group Asia Pacific. With his entrepreneurial attitude and deep market understanding, combined with strong empathy for customers and employees, he was fundamental to the success and growth of Bühler over the past 16 years, especially in Asia. In his functions, Dieter Vögtli has also served as a member of the Bühler Group Executive Board. After handing over his responsibilities to his successor in Asia, he relocated with his family back to Switzerland in 2018. Dieter Vögtli passionately cared for his customers, employees and for the Bühler company. “Through this, he has created a great reputation for Bühler and for himself. We are ever thankful to Dieter Vögtli for his 16 years of service to the company. Our thoughts are with his wife and family,” says Stefan Scheiber.

Samuel Schär has assumed responsibilities as head of Service & Sales
Samuel Schär has taken over the responsibilities as head of the global SAS organization, in addition to his current function as CEO of the Advanced Materials business. This internal succession solution had been in preparation for a longer time. Samuel Schär graduated as a physics engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and joined Bühler in 2002. He took charge of the then newly founded Nanotechnology Business Unit in 2005 and was later responsible for the Business Area Grinding & Dispersing. In 2013, Samuel Schär was promoted to Bühler's Executive Board as the CEO of the Advanced Materials business. “We consider ourselves fortunate to ensure continuity for our important global Service and Sales organization with Samuel Schär, who is a very successful and experienced member of our team. We wish him the best of success in this new role,” says CEO Scheiber.
(Bühler AG)

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Bühler's digital security now certified with ISO 27001  (Company news)

At the end of January 2020, Bühler’s information security management system has been certified with the most respected cyber security standard: ISO 27001:2013. With this certification, Bühler showcases how important information security is for the company. ISO 27001 protects key areas such as internal business IT, the automation solution Mercury MES, the Bühler Insights platform, and the myBühler customer portal. “Today, over 85 % of our solutions can be connected to Bühler Insights. We want to show our customers that their data is as secure with us as it is currently possible. Digital services from Bühler conform to the highest possible security standards,” says Stuart Bashford (photo), Digital Officer at Bühler Group.

Bühler is further digitalizing its processes and is offering more solutions based on connected assets powered by its digital platform Bühler Insights. As Bühler and its customers share more and more data, it is also part of the company’s mission to protect the data partners entrusted to Bühler, and to keep those data as secure as possible. Therefore, Bühler has decided to have its relevant processes certified according to the ISO 27001 standard. Manfred Goetz, CIO at Bühler Group, says: “We now have a certified information security management system with dedicated policies, processes, and controls. This means that our digital teams must adhere to strict guidelines. Engineering, development, and support of all our current and future digital solutions will benefit from the ISO 27001 certification.” Stuart Bashford, Digital Officer, adds: “This also contributes to a trustful customer relationship, because our customers can have peace of mind when they let us handle their sensitive data.”

Bühler acknowledges the value of the digital data it receives and works with, which is why the company has laid this groundwork to protect them. The now fully implemented information security management system also verifies that Bühler’s own IT landscape is maintained and controlled according to the most important IT security standards. ISO 27001 protects Bühler’s global internal business IT and its advanced digital solutions, both of which are vital for providing secure services for Bühler’s businesses spanning 140 countries. Its five regional IT service centers throughout the world providing global digital support are all certified now.

Certification protects digital solutions on Bühler Insights
Combining Bühler’s leadership in advanced materials and food processing with its capabilities in digital technologies, Bühler has developed Bühler Insights, the cloud platform dedicated to its customers in the food and mobility industries. With it, Bühler can provide added value for its customers by using data to improve yield (such as with the Yield Management System), lowering energy emissions (such as with MoisturePro) and waste, or improving uptimes (such as with the Digital Cell and the Error and Downtime Analysis). Bühler Insights enables secure, high-performance, reliable digital solutions that, together with blockchain technologies, can achieve significant progress in improving food safety, quality, efficiency, and traceability across production value chains. Bühler started its journey to certify its information security in 2018 in order to make Bühler Insights and its connected digital solutions as secure as possible for its customers.

Software development process of Mercury automation platform also certified
The recent ISO 27001 audit has also certified the software development process related to this new web-based automation platform. Mercury MES forms the automation basis for food-processing customers who are on one side operating with complex processes and on the other side need a high degree of automation . Mercury enables the seamless exchange of information throughout all production process systems. Supported by Bühler, customers can optimize workflows through communication between enterprise resource planning (ERP), quality control, maintenance, and other systems. Data availability and real-time feedback enable smart decision making enhancing the plant performance and productivity.

Customer data on myBühler portal safe, secure, and carbon-neutral
“Almost 6,000 customers in more than 120 countries trust in the myBühler customer portal. All their data is protected by Bühler’s processes certified according to ISO 27001,” says Goetz. myBühler offers customers easy access to their installed machines in their plants as well as documentation and access to spare parts and their order history. As Bühler has tailored and personalized a digital shop for every customer, Bühler can offer bespoke information on products and orders, easy and advanced identification of the spare and wear parts the customers need, as well as seamless integration into the customers’ purchasing process. myBühler offers not only high data protection for its customers but is also a climate-neutral website since Bühler is compensating the energy myBühler’s servers consume.
(Bühler AG)

Newsgrafik #35837

Bühler reports good performance in 2019  (Company news)

In 2019, Bühler delivered good performance at Group level, increasing the EBIT margin to 7.6% (previous year: 7.1%). Turnover was stable at CHF 3.3 billion while order intake decreased by 4.6% to CHF 3.1 billion. The newly-formed Consumer Foods segment, which was created after the acquisition of the Haas Group, exceeded expectations and made a material contribution to the good Group results. Bühler increased its investments into innovation to a record high, and its financial position remained strong, improving equity ratio. “We are pleased with the 2019 achievements as they confirm our strategic set-up with the three businesses, which leveled out market volatility,” says CEO Stefan Scheiber (photo). “With our broad portfolio, global position, and innovation strength, we are ready to tackle the challenges of an ongoing volatile global economy.”

The business development in the segments varied widely due to high volatility in some of Bühler’s key markets. While the food and feed markets showed continued demand – specifically, plant-based proteins for meat alternatives and malting experienced strong upswings – the automotive, consumer electronics, and architectural glass industries underwent downward trends. As a result, order intake for Grains & Food continued to grow at CHF 1.8 billion (+5.2 %), for Consumer Foods it declined slightly to CHF 775 million (-1.7 %), and Advanced Materials had to absorb a decline of 32.2 % in order intake to CHF 488 million. In regard to turnover, Grains & Food demonstrated robustness at CHF 1.8 billion (+0.9 %) and Consumer Foods was able to grow its turnover by 2.5% to CHF 774 million. At CHF 649 million, the turnover of Advanced Materials dropped by 8.0 %.

Improved profitability, strong financial position
By consistently managing resources and costs, Bühler improved its productivity and hence increased profitability. With a clear improvement of its profitability thanks to leveraging the Bühler organization, the new Consumer Foods segment compensated for the lowered profit contribution of Advanced Materials. “The new Consumer Foods segment clearly outperformed our expectations,” states Chief Financial Officer Mark Macus. With a Group tax rate of 19.5 % (previous year: 20.1 %) and a financial result of CHF 2.4 million (previous year: CHF 4.6 million), Bühler’s net profit grew by 7.2 % to CHF 202 million (previous year: CHF 188 million).

Bühler maintained a strong financial position in 2019. Net liquidity remained high at CHF 449 million (+0.3 %), and the equity ratio grew to 42.8% (previous year: 42.2 %). RONOA (return on net operating assets) remained on par with the previous year at 14%.

Stability as a result of a broad regional footprint
The broad regional footprint of Bühler with its operations in around 140 countries, nearly 100 service stations, and more than 30 manufacturing sites also supported the balancing of market variability. While Asia and Europe drove growth in the past year, in 2019 North America and Middle East & Africa took over this role. For the first time in years, Bühler recorded a standstill in China due to market saturation in the automotive segment and tariff conflicts. Regardless, the company’s geographic performance remains balanced: With regard to turnover, Asia makes up 34 %, Europe 30%, Americas 22 %, and Middle East & Africa 14 %. Structurally, the company was able to further improve the breadth of its portfolio in 2019. The long-cycle plant and project business now accounts for 70% of turnover, while the short-cycle Customer Services and Single Machine Business saw a total turnover of CHF 979 million, representing a 30 % share of total Group turnover.

Innovations for a better world
In 2019, Bühler elevated its innovation capabilities with the opening of its CUBIC innovation campus and new application centers, by increasing R&D spending to a record high of CHF 149 million, and developing new partnerships, such as with the Future Food Initiative and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The company launched more than 20 new key solutions, with many in the area of digital applications. About 25% of the overall innovation spend focused on digital applications. With these innovations, Bühler aims to significantly decrease the ecological footprint of its industries: “We want to bring a 50% reduction in energy use, water consumption, and waste by 2025 in the value chains of our food, feed, and mobility customers,” says Chief Technology Officer Ian Roberts. To create impact in meeting these challenges, Bühler once again invited industry leaders, partners, customers, scientists, and start-ups to convene in Uzwil, Switzerland, and join the Bühler Networking Days 2019 event under the motto: “Creating tomorrow together”. The Networking Days 2019 participants represented companies that provide food for 4 billion people every day and contribute to the mobility of about 1 billion people. The attendees were in agreement that continuing the status quo is not an option for dealing with today’s global challenges, and that rapid action and broad scale collaboration is required to ensure that food and mobility industries become more sustainable.

Well positioned for the future with innovative solutions
The economic parameters for the current fiscal year are indicating ongoing – if not increasing – volatility and unpredictability. While Bühler does not expect a quick upturn of the automotive industry, prospects for consumer electronics and glass coating sectors look brighter. The food and feed markets seem to remain intact with some booming segments, such as plant-based proteins for meat alternatives. In all markets, the increasing ecological challenges demand new sustainable solutions, thereby creating new business opportunities. “By driving innovations in the food and feed markets – for example, in new applications in grain, cereal, and plant-protein processing and digital applications – as well as in applications for light metal applications, new battery-processing solutions, and coating applications, we are turning today’s challenges into tomorrow’s sustainable business opportunities,” says CEO Stefan Scheiber. In conjunction with its strategic set-up of the three segments and its global positioning, the company sees itself well positioned to benefit from these opportunities while managing risks. In 2020, Bühler plans for a stable and positive business development.
(Bühler AG)

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Givaudan and Bühler partner to fast-track market access and innovation for start-ups   (Company news)

-Two leading Swiss companies join forces to accelerate global customer access to food industry start-ups
-Development programme offers start-ups world-leading expertise and capabilities through Swiss innovation centres

Givaudan, the global leader in flavours and fragrances, and Bühler, global leader for food processing solutions, have today announced a development partnership to accelerate market access for food start-ups in Switzerland.

Photo: Givaudan's Zurich Innovation Centre, inside view

The aim is to support start-ups which offer solutions that deliver safe, affordable, nutritious and delicious food that, if scaled globally, will contribute to feeding 10 billion people by 2050.

Through this new partnership, Givaudan and Bühler aim to intensify access to knowledge, capabilities and global platforms for food start-ups, by hosting and mentoring entrepreneurs at their respective, newly-opened world class innovation centres in Switzerland. By offering their expertise in complementary areas, Givaudan and Bühler hope to provide all the support a start-up needs to scale-up and commercialise disruptive new solutions.

“As part of our strategy of collaborative innovation, we are delighted to partner with Bühler to help food start-ups succeed in bringing to market solutions that address our global food challenges. Our brand new Zurich Innovation Centre provides the perfect environment for outstanding start-ups to collaborate and access Givaudan’s world leading technology, expertise and capabilities,” said Givaudan’s Head of Flavours Science & Technology, Fabio Campanile.

Of particular interest are solutions in the fields of alternative proteins, sustainable animal feed, food safety, food fraud, authenticity, natural ingredients for food applications (colours, preservatives), flavours, nutrition (particularly fibre, sugar, fat and salt reduction), ingredients with proven health and nutrition benefits, and gentle processing.

Bühler’s Chief Technology Officer, Ian Roberts, said: “Our recently inaugurated innovation campus, the CUBIC, with collaboration spaces, laboratories and technology and scale-up facilities complements the new Givaudan facility. With our global presence, sales networks, digital platforms and brand strength we are convinced that, together, we can offer an unrivalled scale up partnership for start-ups. We consider that Switzerland can be a global leader in the food and agricultural space and we see this latest collaboration as an example of how we can achieve this.”
(Bühler AG)

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Bühler Group: Rainer Schulz elected unanimously to Board of Directors  (Company news)

Rainer Schulz (photo), former CEO of the global REHAU Group, has been elected unanimously to Bühler Group’s Board of Directors last Friday.

At last Friday’s extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting, Rainer Schulz was elected to Bühler Group’s Board of Directors in a unanimous decision. He will assume his position with immediate effect. With his appointment, the Board of Directors has won an experienced business expert with an impressive industrial track record who will ensure continuity in the further development of Bühler.

Rainer Schulz is a Swiss national, married, and lives with his family in the region of Emmental in Switzerland. After obtaining a degree in production technology, for which he was awarded the promotion prize of the Association of German Engineers VDI, Rainer Schulz first held various materials management and production supply chain positions in the electronics and mechanical engineering industries.

Since 1995, Rainer Schulz has acted as head of production and later as general head of purchasing in charge of global procurement at the jet engine builder BMW Rolls-Royce AeroEngines. In 2001, Rainer Schulz moved on to the global REHAU Group. As Chief Operating Officer, he was in charge within the context of the company management of the engineering, production, and materials management functions. In 2010, Rainer Schulz was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the REHAU Group, a position he held until mid-2018.
(Bühler AG)

Newsgrafik #35018

Bühler opens its CUBIC innovation campus  (Company news)

After a construction period of 20 months and an investment of about CHF 50 million, a few days ago Bühler Group has officially opened its CUBIC innovation campus with eight Application Centers. “We are with this driving forward our strategy of innovation, training, and development,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. “Together with our customers, partners from industry and science, academia, and start-ups, we are using the CUBIC to conduct research into new and sustainable solutions that we can apply to successful business ventures. And, we are taking a step forward here in providing modern training and development,” says Scheiber.

Photo: Chocolate and Coffee Application Center

The global challenges associated with nutrition and mobility are becoming increasingly urgent. How can we sustainably feed and provide mobility for a population of nearly 10 billion in 2050? Addressing these issues and responding to them with sustainable, commercially attractive solutions is the goal of the innovation campus. “This is our contribution to transforming the urgent global challenges of our time into solid business solutions together with customers, partners, academia, and start-ups,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. “In this campus, we are also promoting new professional skills and competencies, modern learning and working methods, and collaborating with our partners.” Every year, the company invests a sum in the three-digit millions in research and development (R&D). In 2018, this amounted to CHF 145 million or 4.4% of turnover.

The three-story CUBIC is designed to accommodate up to 300 people, and is, in itself, a model of sustainability and innovation. The building uses 15% less energy than comparable structures of its size. Its smart electrochromic glass facade was coated on equipment from Bühler Leybold Optics. This enables Bühler to slash energy consumption for heating and air-conditioning by as much as 50%. Building sensors measure carbon dioxide levels, air humidity, temperature, and flow of people to continuously fine-tune the functionality and energy consumption of the CUBIC. On the basis of this smart building concept, Bühler expects to be able to sustainably optimize the operation of the building. The CUBIC complies with the sustainability standards of Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design), which certified the structure by awarding it a gold rating.

In terms of its design concept, the new innovation campus is integrated into the Bühler site in Uzwil as the bridge that links the development, engineering, and design teams with the modernized Application Centers and the factory. This enables Bühler to develop solutions together with customers, start-ups, and industry and research partners up to the point of market maturity with much higher speed and efficiency. The CUBIC represents Bühler’s purpose of “Innovations for a better world” and it focuses on promoting new training and development methods. Among other things, it embraces the dual education system of Switzerland, housing apprentices and academics, as well as youth and experience.

Project teams from all Bühler business areas currently reside in the CUBIC. Many of them are developing digital solutions, including Bühler Insights, a cloud-based IoT platform for digital services, which was created in close partnership with Microsoft. About 20% of the R&D budget went into the development of digital solutions in 2018.

“The CUBIC campus will become the epicenter of our collaborative ecosystem,” says CTO Ian Roberts. “It embodies our innovation spirit and culture, where we will inspire, discuss, understand, and derive actions that will support us as an industry to create more sustainable value chains, while contributing to addressing the burning environmental and societal challenges of our time.”

Shorter time to market thanks to the Application Centers
Vital elements of the new innovation campus are its eight modernized Application Centers. The ideas of customers and prototypes are tested in the Application Centers, where they are refined up to the point of market maturity.

In the Battery Lab, researchers are continuing their efforts to develop a new, continuous process for mixing electrode slurries applied in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries. In the Grinding & Dispersing Application Center, Bühler is developing wet grinding and dispersion solutions, for example for making printing inks. In the Die Casting Application Center, five die-casting cells are installed for training operators and for conducting customer tests. Many of these developments are already incorporated into modern applications for the e-mobility industry.

In the Pasta Application Center, the latest pasta is being developed, for example high-protein pasta containing flour from pulses or products with a proportion of microalgae. The Grain Technology Center, at 3,000 square meters, is the world’s largest Grain Milling Application Center. It also has its own Analytics Lab. Among other things, the Nutrition Application Center develops textured vegetable proteins –alternatives for the growing number of flexitarians. Together with customers, the Bakery Innovation Center develops wholesome, fresh bakery products.

In the Chocolate Application Center, new flavors and novel processes for cocoa-based products are tested. In the Coffee Application Center, customers test low-energy roasting processes to develop new taste variants.

The CUBIC and the Application Centers will be presented to Bühler’s partners from industry and academia on the occasion of the Bühler Networking Days 2019. On August 26 and 27, 2019, Bühler expects to welcome nearly 800 guests from process industries around the world to this event.
(Bühler AG)

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Bühler joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development   (Company news)

Bühler has on March 19 joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global network of nearly 200 forward-thinking companies. By connecting with WBCSD, Bühler can make a real impact on global corporate sustainability and on providing the growing world population with the nourishment and mobility solutions of the future.

“We are delighted to join WBCSD and to help contribute to their mission to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world via the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We want our customers to be successful, we want everyone to have access to safe and healthy food, and we want to live in a climate that supports and sustains them and future generations. No one can manage the task of sustainable food production or sustainable mobility on their own,” Stefan Scheiber (photo), Bühler CEO, said. “Innovations are key to driving change, and these are sparked with broad, inclusive collaborative networks. We have been joining forces with conscientious market participants to scale innovations for years and the move to join WBCSD’s innovative network is an important step to furthering our sustainable business goals, and most importantly, in developing new means to feed to world.”

Every day, two billion people enjoy foods produced on Bühler equipment; and one billion people travel in vehicles manufactured with parts produced with our machinery. Bühler technologies and solutions are used in the global production and processing of grains, corn, rice, pasta, pulses, cereal, chocolate, snacks, wafers, coffee, and feed for fish, pets, and livestock. They are also used for smart phones, solar panels, diapers, cosmetics, banknotes, energy-efficient buildings, eye glasses, and more. Having this global relevance, Bühler is in an ideal position to address some of the world’s pressing challenges and transform them into sustainable business solutions.

WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said: “WBCSD is pleased to welcome Bühler as our newest member. We are dedicated to working towards a transformation of the key systems across society, and this can only be achieved in collaboration with companies across the full value chain. Bühler’s focus on technology can be a real game-changer in sustainability terms. We are keen to begin working together.”

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of over 200 companies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. The WBCSD galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society, and the environment. Together with its members, who represent all business sectors, the council shares best practices on sustainable development issues and develops innovative tools that change the status quo.

Ian Roberts, Bühler CTO said: “Industry must step up and take responsiblilty for reducing environmental impacts. We are already hitting planetary boundaries. Now – more than ever – it is time to take decisive action to ensure quality of life today and for future generations. In joining the world’s most responsible business leaders in WBCSD, we are broadening our collaborative approach to bringing about the sustainable turnaround that we so urgently need.”
(Bühler AG)

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Bühler appoints Mark Macus as new CFO effective September 1, 2019  (Company news)

Andreas Herzog (61), who has held the CFO position for 17 years, will retire for age reasons effective September 1, 2019. His successor is Mark Macus (47, photo), who was employed at Bühler before for five years and who currently serves as CFO of the Vitra Group.

Andreas Herzog has made a substantial contribution to professionalizing and globalizing the financial organization of Bühler. “Withdrawing from the CFO position of Bühler after 17 years is an emotional moment for me. Bühler is a unique organization, in which the family spirit is still alive. But the company must renew itself permanently, and this also impacts my own function,” says Andreas Herzog. In the future, Herzog plans to devote his time and energy to various board mandates and to supporting Bühler in its efforts to develop new business models and its commitment to start-ups. “We thank Andy cordially for his untiring and passionate commitment, to which Bühler owes much of its success,” says Chairman of the Board Calvin Grieder.

Mark Macus will take charge of the CFO function of Bühler effective September 1, 2019. Aged 47, married and a father of three, Mark Macus holds a PhD degree (Dr. oec HSG) from the University of St. Gallen and is a certified auditor. Following his education at the University of St. Gallen and the Wharton School, he worked for six years at KPMG, was employed for three years in corporate controlling of the Holcim Group, and headed the corporate controlling unit of Bühler for five years. He has been the CFO of the Vitra Group in Birsfelden, Switzerland, since April 2018. “Mark Macus is the ideal successor for us,” says Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber. “He possesses vast experience, knows the challenges of the capital goods industry, and is thoroughly familiar with Bühler. We are glad to have found Mark Macus for this task and look forward to welcoming him back,” says Scheiber.
(Bühler AG)

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Bühler strengthens its strategic position and continues to grow   (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)

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Advanced grain cleaning solutions significantly reduce mycotoxin levels   (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)

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Bühler invests and grows  (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)

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Maltomat III captures the market  (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)

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Bühler: Marked rise in order intake  (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)

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Bühler AG: Handing over the baton as Chairman of the Board  (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)

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Fiscal 2013 with higher order intake – Change in the Board of Directors.  (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)

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drinktec 2013 - Bühler AG  (drinktec 2013)

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Fiscal 2012: Bühler continues growth with constant net profit.  (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)

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Bühler acquires all the shares of Maes SA and strengthens its service position in the ...  (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)

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Successful Fiscal 2011 in a Tough Environment  (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)

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Schmidt-Seeger GmbH is now Bühler GmbH  (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)

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Fiscal 2010: Profitable Growth  (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)

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Bühler: Successful Anniversary Year 2010  (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)

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Buhler acquires Schmidt-Seeger  (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)

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Buhler commits to food safety  (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)

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New additive Oxylink™ and Grinding & Dispersion equipment to be represented at Chinacoat 2010  (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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