CHT-Group achieves again a sales record in 2017
The CHT-Group closed the financial year of 2017 with record sales of 456 million EUR, the previous year's success in the Group was exceeded by 9%. The encouraging growth compared to 2016 is mainly due to the acquisition of the ICM Silicones Group, a North American silicone specialist with locations in the USA, UK, Italy and China. With this strategic investment, the CHT-Group has more than doubled its existing silicone business and intends to significantly expand it worldwide and gain new market shares.
In addition, business development with the textile industry in Germany, Brazil, India, Mexico and Pakistan made an unexpectedly strong contribution to sales in 2017. The Group-wide operating result (EBIT) remained below the expectations, in particular due to significantly higher raw material costs. In mid-2018, the CHT Group records cost increases of over 80 % for some raw material groups. By the end of the year, the situation is not expected to improve, but instead further increases in raw material prices are to be anticipated.
“For 2018 we expect a rather moderate growth in sales. Due to increased raw material costs and the shortage of some raw materials, market development has not become easier for us,” says Dr. Frank Naumann, CEO of the CHT-Group. "Nevertheless, we have responded to the difficult market conditions and are supplementing and optimising our product portfolio. Purchasing raw materials has become a daunting challenge. As a result, significant price increases in all product ranges and industry segments are unavoidable for us this year".
In 2017, the CHT-Group continued to invest around 11 million EUR in the expansion of its technologies, in modern production sites and in personnel development. The global research and development quota of the CHT Group was 4.1 % (+0.1 % compared to 2016) in 2017. At the headquarters in Germany with the competence centers and the central research and development department, it was 6.6 % (+0.1 % above 2016).
At the end of 2017 the company had 2,186 employees, about one third of them at the German sites of Tübingen, Dusslingen, Oyten and Geretsried. Through the acquisition of the ICM Silicones Group, the CHT Group grew by almost 200 new employees.