Further strong growth at DEUTZ

  • Significant rise in new orders
  • Double-digit increase in revenue and significantly improved EBIT margin
  • DEUTZ focuses efforts on growth in China
  • Implementation of E-DEUTZ strategy continues to gather momentum

DEUTZ AG has today published its consolidated financial results for the first three quarters of 2018. New orders rose from €1,173.8 million to €1,548.7 million, an increase of 31.9 per cent. In the third quarter of 2018, new orders were up by 22.0 per cent to €452.2 million (Q3 2017: €370.8 million).

The unit sales figure for the nine-month period was 156,504 engines, including 8,977 electric motors sold under the Torqeedo brand. This equates to an increase of 32.3 per cent compared with unit sales in the prior-year period (Q1–Q3 2017: 118,279 engines). Revenue advanced from €1,093.2 million to €1,297.3 million, a rise of 18.7 per cent. In the third quarter, revenue was up by a substantial 17.0 per cent to €419.7 million (Q3 2017: €358.7 million).

Operating profit (EBIT before exceptional items) amounted to €45.9 million in the first three quarters of the year (Q1–Q3 2017 €26.7 million). Adjusted for effects on earnings in connection with the DEUTZ Dalian joint venture, it stood at €60.3 million. Operating profit thus improved at a significantly faster rate than revenue, despite the strike at one of the Company’s suppliers. Consequently, the EBIT margin (before exceptional items) improved to 4.6 per cent after adjusting for the temporary drag on earnings resulting from DEUTZ Dalian and to 3.5 per cent before adjustment for this drag on earnings (Q1–Q3 2017: 2.4 per cent). In the third quarter of 2018, the EBIT margin was 3.0 per cent (Q3 2017: 1.4 per cent).

“The strike at a supplier put a great deal of strain on management and staff at our Company,” says the Chairman of the DEUTZ Board of Management, Dr Ing Frank Hiller. “This makes our substantial revenue growth, to which all regions and segments contributed, and our significant increase in operating profit all the more pleasing. We took further important steps that are aimed at securing growth in the future. We have also succeeded in further expanding our licensing business in China and are making good progress with the implementation of our EDEUTZ strategy.”

In the Chinese market, DEUTZ plans to generally reorganise its presence so that it can generate stronger growth and be even more successful there. As previously announced, DEUTZ signed contracts for the sale of the former DEUTZ Dalian joint venture to its former partner FAW in October 2018. The Company is also currently in talks about entering into new alliances with major local partners in the construction equipment and agricultural machinery industries.

Our E-DEUTZ strategy, introduced in 2017, is continuing to gather momentum. Demonstrating fully working operational systems during the ELECTRIP Event Week was the best way to prove our expertise in this field. An interdisciplinary team of Torqeedo and DEUTZ design engineers succeeded in integrating our drive concept into two prototype machines in just six months. This shows that DEUTZ has mastered the technology and is in a position to supply marketable electrification solutions.

For 2018 as a whole, DEUTZ (assuming no further supply shortage) expects revenue to rise sharply to more than €1.6 billion. The EBIT margin (before exceptional items) is forecast to improve to at least 4.5 per cent.

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Growth trends in production and sales in the German mechanical engineering in July 2018 at the same level of 3.2% p.a.

Since March 2017, production in the German mechanical engineering sector showed a growth trend of 3.2% per annum until July 2018. This growth trend has replaced a five-year stagnation phase during which production increased by only 0.7% per year.

The Quest Trend Magazine records the growth trend as a moving annual average of the monthly indices of the Federal Statistical Office. With 105.9 index points in July 2018, this growth trend of production marked the highest value since the outbreak of the global economic crisis ten years ago.

Sales in the German machinery industry are also showing a growth trend that began in November 2014. In July 2018 it stood at 3.2% p.a., the same level as production growth. With 109.4 index points, the growth trend in sales also marks the highest value since the outbreak of the global economic crisis.

Currently the same average growth rates for production and sales signal an end to the prevailing trend to date of expressing the increasing high quality of machines from Germany, their increasing capacity and functionality in correspondingly rising prices.

The report on production and sales in the German machinery industry is available on https://www.quest-trendmagazine.com/en/machinery-industry/production-and-sales/production-and-sales-of-machinery-industry.html

A further report reveals that the relatively slight growth trends in production and sales since the global economic crisis are associated with ever greater fluctuations. The link to this report is https://www.quest-trendmagazine.com/en/machinery-industry/production-and-sales/production-and-sales-of-machinery-industry-since-2000.html

The Quest Trend Magazine analyses the growth expectations of mechanical engineers up to 2020, the worldwide export markets of mechanical engineering, the majority of its automation-relevant industries and many aspects of its automation technology on the machines.

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In May 2018 growth trend of production and sales in German machinery industry at 3% per year

This growth trend replaced five years of stagnation in production. During this period, production had only increased by 0.7% per year.

In April 2018, the slight growth trend in production reached 105.3 index points, its highest value since the onset of the global economic crisis ten years ago. The growth trend is recorded by the Quest Trend Magazine as a moving annual average.

In May, the growth trend in sales in German mechanical engineering shows a value of 3% per year. This growth trend had already emerged in 2014.

The Quest Trend Magazine analyses the economic development of the machinery industry in regard to three aspects: Identifying of long-term and therefore reliable trends; specification of these trends by their currently effective rates of changes; finally using the official statistics because of their highest possible representation.

The report to production and sales in the German machinery industry is available in German and English on http://www.quest-trendmagazine.com/en/machinery-industry/production-and-sales/production-and-sales-of-machinery-industry.html

Another report reveals that the relatively slight growth trends in production and sales are associated with ever greater fluctuations since the year 2000. The link to this report is http://www.quest-trendmagazine.com/en/machinery-industry/production-and-sales/production-and-sales-of-machinery-industry-since-2000.html

The Quest Trend Magazine has recorded the growth expectations of machine-builders to 2020, analyzed the global export markets of mechanical engineering, the majority of its automation-relevant industries and many aspects of its automation technology at the machines.

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Industrial data acquisition and analysis with ProfiMessage D

With the ProfiMessage D, Delphin Technology AG has now added a new master device to its tried and tested Message series. Over many years, the Message series has stood for reliability and flexibility in industrial data acquisition and analysis. The ProfiMessage D now enables use of a optional PROFINET interface and communication with third-party systems via an OPC UA Server/Client. An optional WLAN interface is also available.

The ProfiMessage D device can acquire and analyse any measurement data and automatically transmit it to a cloud database. The device is equipped with extensive signal processing functions and interfaces and uses the latest measurement technology to make it an ideal IoT device. In this way, users gain an optimal environment to process and transmit data from their machines, systems and test stands. A display is available to read out important configuration data and measurement values on-site and without requiring PC support.

Powerful processor technology gives the ProfiMessage D device the resources needed for "industrial analytics". Analysis functions are highly intuitive to set up and use and simplify the computation, analysis and monitoring of data.

The ProfiMessage D devices feature universal sensor inputs, a high level of data security, and a diverse range of interfaces. Their modular design is based on master and slave devices which can be equipped with one or two I/O modules. Slave devices can be decentrally located and managed from a single master device. A large number of I/O modules make the devices adaptable to different types of sensor and different channel numbers. The I/O modules are equipped with 8–24 analog or digital inputs and outputs. Depending on the I/O module being used, each input can be individually configured for mV, mA, RTDs and thermocouples.

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Treiber vieler Innovationen im Bereich RFID-Anwendungen

Der RFID-Experte Elatec wird 30. Das 1988 gegründete Unternehmen expandierte zunächst als Distributor elektronischer Komponenten. Um die Jahrtausendwende spezialisierte sich Elatec dann auf das Thema Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). In den Folgejahren wandelte sich das Unternehmen zügig vom Händler zum Entwickler und Hersteller innovativer RFID-Produkte. Heute ist es international mit 90 Mitarbeitern an 14 Standorten in aller Welt einer der führenden Anbieter von RFID-Lese-/Schreibgeräten und hat mit seinen Innovationen die technische Entwicklung der Branche maßgeblich mitgeprägt. Hochflexible Multifrequenz- und Multistandardlösungen – die Markenzeichen von Elatec – sparen heute vielen Anbietern von Identsystemen in aller Welt angesichts der Masse verschiedener Standards erhebliche Integrations- und Entwicklungsaufwände.

Mit kontaktlosen und kontaktbehafteten Lesegeräten und Modulen für RFID, NFC, Bluetooth und Smartcard bietet Elatec äußerst zuverlässige und vielseitig einsetzbare Lösungen. Die Kunden, Hersteller unterschiedlichster Produkte von Zugangskontrollsystemen, Zeiterfassung und Secure Printing über Kassensysteme und Ladesäulen bis hin zu Fitnessgeräten und Vending Machines, können mit der Hilfe von Elatec sichere und zugleich komfortable Identlösungen realisieren. Durch die Unterstützung von über 60 international gängigen RFID-Technologien haben diese Hersteller die maximale Flexibilität in der Implementierung bei Endkunden in aller Welt.

„Mit innovativen Produkten ‚Made in Germany‘ und einer auf kompetente technische Beratung spezialisierten internationalen Organisation können wir hohe Verfügbarkeit und kurzfristige Anpassungen garantieren. Wir freuen uns über das langjährige Vertrauen von Kunden und Partnern – und arbeiten mit dem gleichen Engagement weiter, das uns die letzten 30 Jahre ausgezeichnet hat“, so Stefan Haertel, CEO der Elatec GmbH.

Meilensteine

2003 brachte Elatec die ersten eigenen RFID-Module auf den Markt, zunächst nur im 125-kHz-Band. Bereits 2005 gelangen dem Unternehmen große Vertriebserfolge mit RFID-Komponenten für Secure-Printing-Lösungen in Multifunktionsdruckern großer, internationaler Hersteller. Leicht integrier- und konfigurierbare Multistandard-Reader sind seit 2009 mit dem TWN3 das Markenzeichen des Unternehmens. Die Vielseitigkeit dieser als PCB und in Gehäusen angebotenen Schreib-/Lesemodule wurde 2012 mit dem TWN4 weiter ausgebaut. Zugleich eroberte Elatec neue Märkte und eröffnete 2013 eine Tochtergesellschaft in den USA. Neben industriellen Anwendungen, Secure Printing und Sicherheitssystemen konnten weitere Branchen wie 2015 der Einzelhandel hinzugewonnen werden. Ab 2016 erfolgte die Kombination von RFID und NFC mit Bluetooth in einem Gerät – Eines der daraufhin vorgestellten Geräte, das TWN4 MultiTech 3 BLE, wurde mit dem Innovationspreis-IT 2018 von der Initiative Mittelstand ausgezeichnet. Auch die Internationalisierung des Unternehmens schreitet voran: Seit diesem Jahr hat Elatec eine Tochtergesellschaft in Shenzen, China.

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CE marking for robot assistance systems of the BMW Group

For safety when working with robot assistants, the BMW Group works together with Pilz: the automation company carries out the conformity assessment including final CE marking. That enables Pilz to ensure safe human-robot collaboration (HRC) at multiple production sites of the BMW Group.

One of the particular challenges when it comes to safety is presented by workstations where humans and robots work together without guards. Here the BMW Group both in Europe and in the USA is trusting in the expertise of Pilz: the automation company is conducting the conformity assessment procedures required by law at a variety of production sites of the BMW Group in Germany, England and the USA, from risk assessment through the safety concept and validation to the CE marking of multiple applications.

Pilz takes responsibility worldwide
Pilz signs the final declaration of conformity as authorised representative, taking responsibility for ensuring that every application meets the requirements of the respective market. The BMW Group employs flexible robot assistance systems in its production. Here workers and robots work together “hand in hand” in the most confined of spaces – entirely without safety fences.

Touching, yes – injuring, no
While there may and can be collisions between humans and machines, these must never present a danger to the humans. That’s why the validation of HRC applications takes on particular importance: the experts from Pilz use a safe and reliable measuring process to determine whether the possible collisions are acceptable in terms of safety. With the BMW Group, as with other customers, Pilz uses a collision measuring set it has developed in-house.

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Growth expectations to 2020 for textile machines lower than in machinery industry

Production in the textile machinery sector grew by 3.5% weaker than in mechanical engineering in recent years from 2014 to 2017 as a related industry report indicates in the Quest Trend Magazine about production and sales of this sector. In the same period, sales also developed 2.5% weaker than in machinery industry. This situation naturally influenced the growth expectations of the machine-builders in this sector.

Manufacturers of textile machines expect their machine production to grow by 2.3% per year by 2020. This expectation is half as low as the growth expectations in machinery industry. There, growth is expected to reach 5.5% per year by 2020. This is the result of a market study conducted by Quest TechnoMarketing in the German machinery industry regarding the use of servo drives to 2020.

The new industry report in the Quest Trend Magazine divides growth expectations into various growth areas. With 60% well over half of the machine builders in this sector interviewed do not expect any growth in machine production by 2020. 20%, a fifth expect above-average growth of over 5% to 10%. In each case, 10% of machine builders anticipate low growth of up to 5% or strong growth of over 10% per year.

This report is available on http://www.quest-trendmagazine.com/en/machinery-industry/textile-machines/growth-expectations-in-sector-textile-machines.html

The Quest Trend Magazine has published further industry analyses about the sectors of machinery industry such as building, glass and ceramic machines, printing and paper machines, conveyor, rubber and plastics machines, wood processing machines, food processing machines, robotics and automation, packaging machines and machine tools.

These industry reports make it easier for machine-builders to classify their experience in long-term contexts and to determine their position.

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Growth expectations up to 2020 for building, glass and ceramic machines significantly higher than in mechanical engineering

Production in the building, glass and ceramic machinery sector grew by 75% in the last two years as a related industry report to production and sales in this sector highlights in the Quest Trend Magazine. This positive development naturally influenced the growth expectations of machine manufacturers in this sector.

Manufacturers of building, glass and ceramic machines expect their machine production to grow by 7.5% per year by 2020. This expectation is one third higher than growth expectations in the machinery industry. There, growth is expected to reach 5.5% per year by 2020. This is the result of a market study conducted by Quest TechnoMarketing in the German machinery industry about the use of servo drives to 2020.

The Quest Trend Magazine s new industry report divides growth expectations into various growth ranges. It is instructive to see growth expectations for building, glass and ceramic machines split. With 57%, more than half of the machine builders in this sector do not expect any growth in machine production by 2020. 43% of the machine builders, however, expect above-average growth of between 10% and 20% per year.

This division also reflects the uneven development of the four product segments in this sector and the uneven situation of global industrial production and the most important export markets.

This report is available on http://www.quest-trendmagazine.com/en/machinery-industry/building-glass-ceramic-machines/growth-expectations-in-sector-building-glass-ceramic-machines.html

The Quest Trend Magazine has published further industry reports about printing and paper machines, conveyor, rubber/plastic machines, wood processing machines, food processing machines, robotics and automation, packaging machines and machine tools.

These industry reports about the economic situation and the trends in automation technology make it easier for machine-builders to both classify their experiences, planning in long-term context and determining their position.

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New control software „SEQUENCE Xpert“ enables laser positioning at the click of a mouse

Up to now, “SERVOLASER Xpert” by LAP has been used as a laser positioning system integrated directly into machines. It is now possible to apply it in areas where no PLC is available. The Windows-optimized software “SEQUENCE Xpert” enables intuitive and user-friendly control of SERVOLASER Xpert from your PC, laptop or tablet. This means that it can be used anywhere where precisely movable line lasers are required for quality assurance.

SEQUENCE Xpert is the answer for many companies that want to use movable laser positioning systems for visual quality assurance but have so far been unable to do so. “We have received numerous inquiries from companies, for example from the precast concrete parts or textile industries, which would like to use SERVOLASER Xpert. Often, however, a machine controller is not available. SEQUENCE Xpert provides a solution for precisely these cases,” explains Christoph Kähler, product manager for line lasers at LAP.

Control laser positioning without a PLC

SERVOLASER Xpert is a precise laser positioning system which is enjoying great success in production and quality assurance in tire manufacture. The system is equipped with movable laser modules which can be positioned independently of each other. Precisely projected laser lines thus ensure the exact positioning of layers during tire building. For integration into tire-building machines, the laser modules can be controlled by almost all the PLCs available on the market. SEQUENCE Xpert now enables control entirely without a PLC. This enables the most diverse applications to be realized: from quality assurance for industrial textiles to the visual control of distances in the precast concrete parts industry. Overlapping traversing paths up to 2.6 meters long, speeds of up to 1,000 mm/sec and multicolor projections enable a broad range of applications.

Configure, control, visualize – on your tablet or PC

SEQUENCE Xpert is coming onto the market with an interface optimized for Windows 7 and 10. The modern design, with an integrated virtual keyboard, is also optimized for touch displays. Thanks to a user-friendly user interface, all the functions can be operated intuitively. This enables parameters such as positions of laser modules, traversing speed or the brightness of the individual modules to be set. The graphic representation adapts itself automatically to the set laser colors (red, green, blue). The user can also create and edit sequences and thus depict the necessary working steps needed for the application. The individual steps can be worked through by mouse clicks and/or according to a schedule. The order of sequences can be easily monitored on the main screen. SEQUENCE Xpert can be ordered free of charge with SERVOLASER Xpert. The software is available immediately for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. A detailed user manual in German, English, French and Chinese is included in the scope of delivery.

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Growth trend in production of German machinery industry on ten-year peak after long stagnation

Production in the German mechanical engineering industry has shown a slight growth trend of 3.6% per year since the beginning of 2017 up to April 2018. This growth trend replaced a five-year period of stagnation during which production only increased by 0.7% per year.

The slight growth trend of production marked with 105.5 index points in April 2018 its highest value since the outbreak of the global economic crisis ten years ago. The growth trend is recorded by the Quest Trend Magazine as moving annual average.

Sales in the German mechanical engineering industry have been growing at a rate of 3.2% per year since 2014. In April, the sales trend reached € 20.3 bn.

The Quest Trend Magazine analyses the economic development of the machinery industry according to three aspects: reliable trends derived from long-term developments; connection of these trends with the current situation; finally use of official statistics ensuring highest possible representation.

The report to produktion and sales of German machinery industry is available in English on http://www.quest-trendmagazine.com/en/machinery-industry/production-and-sales/production-and-sales-of-machinery-industry.html

A further report discovers that the relatively slight growth trends of production and sales are combined with ever increasing fluctuations since the world economic crisis. The link to this report is http://www.quest-trendmagazine.com/en/machinery-industry/production-and-sales/production-and-sales-of-machinery-industry-since-2000.html

The Quest Trend Magazine analyzes the growth expectations of the machine-builders to 2020, the worldwide export markets of the German machinery industry, the majority of its automation-relevant sectors and many aspects of its automation technology at the machines.

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