As a result, the company has prospered. According to Jürgen Boll, the managing director of finance and IT, Arburg achieved sales of €875 million in 2022; a 19% increase compared to 2021, and for two-thirds due, he said, to the increase in volume. Price increases accounted for the remaining one-third.
The current situation, he added, is good: the order book is ‘in good shape’ and production is in line with the planning, at least for the first six months. However, Gerhard Böhm, the managing director of sales, added the caveat that while 2022 did indeed go well, incoming orders during the second half of the year lagged behind the first half. “December, which went very well, could not make up for the previous five months,” he noted.
Arburg has also continued to invest, despite challenges such as supply bottlenecks and the geopolitical situation. The company benefits from its central location, high level of flexibility, a high proportion of in-house production and short supply chains - all factors that have contributed to its resilience over the past century. It invested some €26 million in manufacturing technology, production logistics and infrastructure in 2022 alone. The company is also continuing to expand its portfolio of digital solutions, to further support customers on their transition towards a digitalised manufacturing environment. For example, today, all digital services are now also available in app form, for mobile devices, said Boll.
The company says it is supporting its customers in another way as well. As Gerhard Böhm pointed out, energy efficiency and the topic of saving energy ‘is not new to us’ - Arburg has, over the years, developed a considerable number of energy-saving solutions for customers, which the company has now combined into its ‘Action Plan: Energy’.
This plan includes measures such as retrofitting machines with energy-efficient motors and insulating the cylinders; digital services that display a machines energy requirements, energy consumption measurements, training and consulting services.
In this regard, he added, when we talk about energy efficiency, we are talking about electric drives ‘whose importance continues to grow steadily’.