Bühler in Switzerland says it had a good year in 2019 and continues to focus on helping customers reduce their environmental footprint.
The well-known manufacturer of coffee roasting machines and cocoa/chocolate processing equipment based in Uzwil in Switzerland has reported what it described as “good performance at group level” in 2019, increasing EBIT margin to 7.6 per cent compared with 7.1 per cent in the previous year.
Turnover was stable at CHF 3.3 billion but order intake decreased by 4.6 per cent to CHF 3.1 billion. The company’s newly-formed consumer foods segment, which was created after the acquisition of Haas Group, exceeded expectations and made a material contribution to the group’s results.
“We are pleased with 2019,” said the company’s CEO Stefan Scheiber. “With our broad portfolio, global position, and innovation strength, we are ready to tackle the challenges of an ongoing volatile global economy.”
By managing resources and costs, Bühler improved its productivity and increased profitability. Net profit grew by 7.2 per cent to CHF 202 million (2018: CHF 188 million).
Bühler said one of its key objectives is to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of the industries to which it supplies equipment. “By 2025, we want to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in energy use, water consumption, and waste in the value chains of our food, feed, and mobility customers,” said the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Ian Roberts.