SHW AG, a supplier of engine components as well as composite brake discs, reported Q1 group sales of €106.6 million, a decrease from the Q1 2015 figure of €117.0 million.

‘Our measures to boost productivity are paying off,’ says Dr Frank Boshoff, CEO of SHW AG, commenting on the figures. ‘By consistently implementing productivity-boosting measures, we have eliminated the operational and logistical bottlenecks at our Aalen-Wasseralfingen plant. We have thereby established the basis for a continuous improvement in profitability in our pumps and engine components business segment.’

Over the last few years, to help safeguard the future, SHW AG has invested in capacity and productivity-boosting production facilities and the establishment and expansion of international plants in North America, South America and China. As a result, depreciation increased in comparison to the previous year. The quarterly profit declined accordingly by 19% to €3.3 million compared to €4.1 million in Q1 2015.

Boosting productivity

The powder metallurgy segment closed the first quarter of 2016 with consolidated sales of €7.3 million, down from €8.0 million in Q1 2015.The pumps and engine components business segment reported sales of € 85.9 million in the first three months of 2016 (2015: €92.5 million), while revenue in the passenger car segment declined from € 77.0 million to € 71.2 million. Despite the decline in sales, the pumps and engine components business segment recorded improved adjusted EBITDA of €9.5 million in the period under review (previous year: €9.3 million). Measures to boost productivity in powder metallurgy were implemented as scheduled at the AalenWasseralfingen plant at the end of the first quarter 2016.

Assuming a stable orders situation, SHW AG expects group sales of between €440 million and €460 million for 2016. It is forecasting sales of between €340 million and €360 million in its pumps and engine components business segment and sales close to the previous year’s level in its brake discs business segment, assuming similar scrap prices. 

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