Ennigerloh/Düsseldorf, May 2014 – Product innovations such as the Bohle Uni Cone BUC® process, the BRC 25 or the Bohle coater are the driving force for worldwide expansion: L. B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH now generates 80 percent of its sales through exports. At the same, managing director Lorenz Bohle makes significant investments in production and development capacities in Ennigerloh and Sassenberg. We will stay in Germany and will stay independent”, said Lorenz Bohle on occasion of the Interpack 2014 in Düsseldorf.
The investment speed remains high: Official inauguration of the Sassenberg handling plant expansion was in autumn 2011. The transfer of Plant 3 followed in September 2013 in Ennigerloh where full-speed production is envisaged for autumn 2014. Already in spring 2013, the construction of the new Technology Center at the headquarters in Ennigerloh started and should be completed by mid 2014. “We undertake all efforts to keep and expand our leading position in terms of technology and quality”, summarized Lorenz Bohle his ambitious objectives.
On the world market, he currently sees growth opportunities in Russia and South America. “For South America, we were able to win over a sales expert who knows the market very well”, reported Bohle. In Russia, too, a positive development can be expected “with several major orders” in 2014. The most important market will remain the USA with about 30 percent of sales. The excellent features of the blending and coating machines will be promoted in a sales offensive for further market penetration. However, the managing director takes a rather critical view on the situation in China and the emerging pharmaceutical market in India. The general market conditions and the legal protection of own technologies urge Bohle to be cautious.
In the previous financial year, L.B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH generated sales of around 42 million euros. With Plant 3 and the gradual introduction of Lean Production L.B. Bohle has laid the foundation for further growth. “Now we have to give our customers a stronger sense of the variety of our products portfolio which ranges from simple handling machines to complex solutions – including software” explained Bohle.
Equity ratio is over 50 percent
The financial situation of L. B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH is very sound. Investments are financed from ongoing business activities. Lorenz Bohle: “Our equity ratio is over 50 percent.” With 44 patents and further innovations, the managing director sees the further positive development and the future as secured.