Bucher Municipal, a division of Bucher Industries, is acquiring 100% of the Chinese sewage tanker manufacturer Zynkon. This allows the division to access the growing Chinese market for sewage cleaning vehicles and to strengthen its presence in Asia.
In a business environment influenced by diverse trends, Bucher Industries increased its sales in the first nine months of 2014 by 5.7% to CHF 2.1 billion compared with the same period a year ago. The order intake rose by 2.1% to CHF 2 billion. The outlook for the year as a whole remains unchanged. The Group anticipates sales growth and a moderate fall in profitability from the record high in 2013.
As previously announced on 15 January 2014, Thierry Krier took over today as division president of Kuhn Group and at the same time was appointed by the board of directors as a member of group management. He succeeds Michel Siebert, who retired with effect from the end of September 2014.
Bucher Industries surpassed the high levels attained in the same period of last year. Order intake rose strongly, up by 7.8% to CHF 1 322 million, while sales increased by 4.2% to CHF 1 469 million. Operating profit and profit for the period showed a marginal improvement on the high level reached in the same period of 2013. For the current year, the Group anticipates sales growth and a moderate fall in profitability from the record high in the previous year.
Today sees the publication of Bucher Industries’ sustainability report 2013. Prepared in accordance with the G3 standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the report contains key figures on production, energy consumption, employees and suppliers.
With market conditions generally favourable, Bucher Industries increased sales by 8% to CHF 713 million in the first quarter of 2014. All divisions contributed to the increase. At CHF 706 million, order intake was 5% up on the same period last year.
In addition to the regular agenda items, the annual general meeting approved the re-election of all the board members and the chairman, the election of Valentin Vogt as a new member of the board, and the election of the members of the compensation committee. It also approved amendments to the articles of association, including changes relating to implementation of the ordinance against excessive compensation in listed stock corporations.
In an international call for tenders put out by the city of Moscow, Bucher Municipal has again won a major order, on this occasion for 609 sweepers, 275 snowploughs and 163 spreaders for winter maintenance. The order is worth a total of CHF 53 million. The order will be processed in the course of the current business year.