The Beckhoff strategy of openness for new markets and new technologies has once again led to strong growth rates of 26% over the last financial year. During 2006, the worldwide turnover of Beckhoff Automation was 190 million euros.
The basis for the continuing success is continuous realisation of innovative products and introduction of new product ranges and basic technologies, combined with consistent expansion of the international distribution network.
In 2006, Beckhoff Automation GmbH established five new subsidiaries in Spain, Belgium, Brazil, South Africa and Australia. "We were already represented through distributors in these countries", said managing director Hans Beckhoff, "but we intend to expand our position in these markets."
The sales increases confirm the success of this strategy as exports made up 43% of the total turnover in 2006. "While currently our growth is achieved roughly equally in Germany and in export markets, our medium- and long-term growth prospects are more global", said Hans Beckhoff.
Overall, Beckhoff is now represented in more than 60 countries worldwide through 18 subsidiaries, agencies or distribution partners. "In 2007, we will continue to intensify the expansion of our global distribution network by setting up branches in Turkey, India and Dubai", said Hans Beckhoff. The number of Beckhoff Automation employees has also grown. At the end of 2006, Beckhoff had 800 employees worldwide, an increase of 20% compared with the previous year.
Beckhoff Automation’s annual growth rates of 26% (2006), 17% (2005), 31% (2004) and 27% (2003) continues to be on a good course.
This is based on worldwide growth in the automation market, especially above-average development in Beckhoff Automation’s specialist areas of PC control, distributed I/O, software PLC/NC and drive technology.
"In 2006, we set further performance and price milestones with the introduction of Ether CAT Terminals, the Twin SAFE safety solution, the new AX5000 drive range and the new compact Ices", said Hans Beckoff. In 2007, continuous development of new products and technologies will again form one of the columns of the sales development.
At this year's Hanover Fair the focus will be on the innovative extreme Fast Control Technology (XFC). With XFC Beckoff Automation presents a new and fast control solution that opens up new process optimisation options for the user that were not possible in the past due to technical limitations.
In July 2006, in order to strengthen the position as technology leader, Beckoff Automation took over Embedded Logic Design & More GmbH and Buddha GmbH. Both specialist companies for customised motherboards and BIOS software are based in Munster, Germany.
Hans Beckoff is optimistic about the future: "The positive development of previous years continued during the first quarter of 2007. Provided the main parameters remain stable, I am confident that the positive economic situation will continue".