Tony Langley said in his Chairman’s Review that 2015 had been a “significant milestone” for a number of reasons.
Manroland Sheetfed, the largest of the group’s five divisions in revenue and employee terms, was in positive territory for the fourth year in succession, since acquiring the printing press builder in early 2012. But it was Piller, the electrical systems for data centers producer and ARO, the automobile welding machinery market leader, that were the principal drivers of the 2015 result, both posting near record profits.
Claudius Peters, the group’s plant machinery builder, was in line with modest expectations due to widely sluggish cement and steel markets. Druck Chemie, the chemicals producer, which completed its first full year in the group, and Bradman Lake, the packaging machinery specialist, both reported “satisfactory” results, as did the Other Businesses division as a whole.