GROWTH THROUGH VALUES
Bühler developed favorably in 2017 thanks to substantial organic growth. Order intake increased by 10% to CHF 2.80 billion and turnover rose by 9% to CHF 2.67 billion.
For us, growth is not an end in itself. Instead, we view it as a genuine sign that our customers and the markets have responded positively to our mission of creating sustainable value. We have focused our efforts on achieving 30% less energy and waste in our customers’ process solutions – this is the target we set ourselves for 2020. We are fully aware that we have taken on a significant challenge.
With the introduction of numerous new technologies and solutions in 2017, we have moved closer to achieving these ambitious objectives. We have brought more than 50 new products to market that use less energy, reduce waste, and bring about greater yield and quality. The Bühler Networking Days held at Interpack in 2017 also centered on our overarching drive for innovation and sustainability.
An important strategic step in 2017 was the announcement of the acquisition of the Austrian Haas Group, the world market leader for biscuit, wafer, and waffle production systems. The integration of Haas will enable us to offer customers new, comprehensive solutions; and it will enable Bühler to secure a leading position in the attractive consumer food business.
Serving our customers every day in a better way has also driven our efforts to expand our service network and build our digital services platform. We have installed more than 100 service stations around the world, and our digital myBühler portal is already used by 20% of our customers − a significant step in real-time and proactive service.
Alongside other significant strategic developments – such as the construction of the CUBIC innovation campus at the Uzwil headquarters and the modernization of our Swiss sites – keeping quality and the best delivery service in our hands has driven us to invest and expand our global local manufacturing sites as well. We built a new 200,000-square-meter site in China. In 2017, Bühler also took the plunge into the capital market for the first time in its 150-year history. We raised new capital with a corporate bond to increase our leeway to develop further projects. We are moving into 2018 with optimism and the objective of continuing our sustainable and profitable growth.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our customers, partners, employees and their families, and our owners. Our success is based on their trust and commitment. We look forward to continuing this close and fruitful cooperation in the future.
Calvin Grieder Stefan Scheiber
Chairman of the Board Chief Executive Officer