After the recent successful merger of the two major printing press manufacturers, Manroland Web Systems and Goss International, the newly formed company can now look back on an extremely successful 2018 financial report. With a combined turnover of 293 million Euros and an order intake of 327 million Euros, the company has further solidified its leading market position in web offset. The latest major orders at the turn of the year to the value of 50 million Euros, raised the order backlog to 200 million Euros in its project business. Therefore, the company said, it’s currently at a very good capacity level, stretching into the second quarter of 2020. Therefore, it added, Manroland Goss Web Systems has presented itself in this respect as a strongly performing solutions partner to the printing industry.
“It’s our objective to provide products and a range of services with added value for our customers. We’ve created a global company with the merger and now provide the most comprehensive offer available on the market, with reduced cost structures and with a focus on efficient business processes. This is reflected now in our operative performance indicators,” said CEO Alexander Wassermann, referring to the balance sheet of the previous year. “Our strategy is clear: A further expansion of our market position as well as the development of new profitable business fields.”
The OEM added that research and development funding has been primarily invested in future-oriented areas that include flexible packaging printing, the preventative press maintenance system Maintellisense, and the intelligent B2B eCommerce trading platform Market-X. In addition, two acquisitions are currently supporting the company’s strategy. First, the asset purchase of Harland Simon has expanded its product and service range in the area of automation solutions. Second, the share purchase of GWS has complemented the OEM’s global business activities with pre-owned presses and press relocations. “All activities are directly oriented towards the benefits provided to all existing, and indeed, new customers. This is what over 1,000 employees worldwide are working on,” the company added.