Schubert posts 7.5% annual growth across the business
Global packaging business Gerhard Schubert has increased its turnover by 7.5% year-on-year to €187.2 million euros.
The company said it was in a strong position with forward orders, particularly from the USA, as well as reporting a successful presence at Interpack.
According to the business, its target for the year is a turnover figure of 200 million euros, against the group’s consolidated turnover of 233 million euros in 2016.
In 2016, Schubert said it gained traction in the US and Canadian market with its highly flexible packaging machines, with business development also reportedly proving successful within its European markets.
“Schubert also enjoys an excellent reputation with its customers in North America,” says Marcel Kiessling, Managing Director at Schubert in Sales and Service.
He added: “Schubert North America is enjoying high-level demand especially from the food sector, which can look forward to significantly enhancing its flexibility by automating its secondary packaging processes. With increasing awareness and recognition, we are targeting a doubling of sales in North America over the next two years.
“In addition to ongoing strong orders from the food and confectionery industry, Schubert Pharma also recorded strong growth in 2016, with a sales increase of 50% compared to the previous year. Since its introduction in 2014, the business unit headed by Schubert Packaging Systems has been able to significantly grow its turnover.
The company, which is well known in the market for its engineering expertise, reported sales of 52.2 million euros in 2016. In May 2017, Schubert Packaging Systems introduced its new Schubert-Cosmetics expert team to the market.
Projecting further growth, Peter Gabriel, Managing Director at Gerhard Schubert GmbH, said: “We are planning the ongoing expansion of our production and assembly spaces by 2020.
“This year, we are investing close to 20 million euros in our Crailsheim location as well as in research and development. This will enable us to be ideally prepared to gain additional shares in existing and new markets.”
“Along with the expansion of our primary packaging area, the focus of our development work in 2017 is on the advancement of our new GRIPS.world digital platform,” adds Ralf Schubert, Managing Partner.
In May, Schubert presented the project’s first developmental step at the interpack trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. “The web-based platform combines all key functions for monitoring and documenting machine data under a single user interface and offers highly efficient features for preventive maintenance,” adds Ralf Schubert.
Marcel Kiessling, who joined the Schubert management team in 2016 and took over the operative management of Sales and Service, added that providing excellence in sales support was vital to its development.
He added: “We see ourselves as a strong partner for our customers. We have long recognised that comprehensive service is decisive to consistently high customer satisfaction. This is why we will be increasing our service team by 30 per cent by 2019 and establishing further international service points,” highlights Marcel Kiessling.
“Schubert’s service portfolio is now divided into five service areas – the Schubert Expert Center, the Schubert Parts Center, the Schubert Performance Program, the Schubert Uptime Program and the Schubert Flex Program. Individual service packages are offered as well.
Innovative 2016 milestones
In 2016, the year of Schubert’s 50th corporate anniversary, the company once again confirmed that it is one of the true innovation leaders in the industry.
“An important milestone in 2016 was the beginning of series production of the world's first packaging machine without an electrical cabinet. The technology has successfully established itself in the market since its launch in 2014,” says Ralf Schubert. “Close to half of all orders for top-loading machines (TLM) are now being carried out at Schubert without an electrical cabinet.”
The company sees considerable growth potential through the expansion of its activities in primary packaging via the integration of packaging processes into its proven TLM module concept.
These include new system components for filling, e.g. cosmetic products or coffee capsules, as well as the new Flowmodul flow-wrapping component which very successfully premiered at the Fachpack 2016 in Nuremberg.
Schubert’s modular TLM technology’s eighth standard component enables the seamless packaging of products such as confectionery in flowpacks within a TLM machine from Schubert for the very first time.
A look at the current financial year indicates continued positive business development for 2017. “This year, we are enjoying a very good order situation. We also successfully closed the interpack fair with three significant orders and several concrete project inquiries,” says Peter Gabriel. “We are very optimistic that in 2017 we will be achieving our objective of reaching turnover of 200 million euros.”