Gurit has reported net sales of CHF 136.1 million in Q1 2020, an increase of 0.9% compared to Q1 2019.

The company says that the divestment of its Automotive business in February 2020 had a negative sales impact of CHF 3.1 million or 2.1% on net sales comparing with Q1/2019, while the coronavirus pandemic affected its Asian business significantly. All its business units, especially Tooling, suffered travel and supply chain restrictions, the company said, with Tooling showing a significant decline in sales by 46.0% from CHF 36.1 million in the previous year to CHF 19.5 million in Q1/2020.

Composite Materials achieved net sales of CHF 66.2 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 9.1% compared to net sales of CHF 60.7 million in the first quarter of 2019, while Kitting recorded solid sales of 48.1 million CHF in Q1/2020, an increase of 39.9% compared to the previous year. Aerospace revenues saw a decline of 6.8% to CHF 13.4 million, while Gurit’s discontinued Composite Components reportec a 68.0% decline CHF 1.4 million.

‘The coronavirus situation caused customer project installation delays, product handover inspections not occurring, coupled with transportation issues which altogether had a very significant negative impact on the business,’ said the company in a press release. ‘We did not encounter project cancellations of relevant size, but significant re-scheduling of customer projects into Q2 and Q3/2020. As the situation normalises in China we are now catching up.’

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