Beckhoff Earns 236 Million Euros in 2009 | Automation.com

Beckhoff Earns 236 Million Euros in 2009

May 5, 2010 – Beckhoff Automation closed the 2009 financial year with a worldwide turnover of 236 million euros, or approximately $307 million. This corresponds to a decrease of 15 percent in comparison with the previous year. Today, the privately-held Beckhoff Automation GmbH employs 1,350 people worldwide (a 10 percent increase compared with the previous year).

“Following a very successful year in 2008, we, like most other organizations, had to accept losses in 2009 due to the worldwide economic crisis,” Hans Beckhoff, Managing Director and owner of Beckhoff Automation GmbH summarizes. “However, we have come through the crisis year in acceptable fashion, remaining profitable and investing further in the development of our products and in the expansion of production and sales. We have won many new projects, especially during the crisis of 2009. In these difficult times, the machine building and manufacturing industries have been looking for more economical and more powerful controllers. We offer precisely the right solutions here, with our fundamental technologies such as PC-based control, EtherCAT® and eXtreme Fast Control™ (XFC), so that the market’s automation system decisions were frequently made in our favor.”

Beckhoff Automation expects very positive business development throughout 2010: “The second half of 2009 already showed an upturn and the first quarter of 2010 was characterized by extremely strong growth. The industry has regained its foothold again at home and abroad,” Hans Beckhoff explains. In 2010, therefore, the company wants not only to compensate for the downturn in 2009, but also expects acceptable growth in the two-year comparison.

Foreign trade segment rises sharply
Beckhoff was able to gain many new customers worldwide, so that turnover from foreign trade outside Germany grew in 2009 to 50 percent, up from 44 percent of total business. “We are benefitting here in particular from economic growth in the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China),” explains Kai Ristau, International Sales Manager at Beckhoff Automation: “We have set the ambitious target of increasing our foreign business to over 65 percent of turnover by the year 2015. As far as global development is concerned, China in particular should be highlighted. After Germany, China is now the country with the strongest Beckhoff turnover, closely followed by the United States.”

Beckhoff has continued to develop its sales commitment to Europe with the establishment of official subsidiaries in Norway and the United Kingdom. With 24 subsidiaries and additional distributors currently, Beckhoff is well-represented in over 60 countries worldwide. The number of official subsidiaries is set to rise to 30 by the end of 2010 with the establishment of further offices such as in Malaysia, Israel and Japan.

Beckhoff Automation provides advanced, open automation products based upon proven technologies so that customers can implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interface, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved to provide faster response and improved communications.

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