Kögel Posts Record 67% Growth

Kögel Posts Record 67% Growth

Trailer manufacturer Kögel Fahrzeugwerke GmbH announced growth of 67% -- the most successful financial year in the company's history - for the 2007 financial year just ended.

Headquartered in Burtenbach,Bavaria, the company boosted production from 12,000 units in 2006 to 20,000 units in 2007. The turnover reached the record mark of US$708.3 million. One year previously, Kögel had recorded a turnover of US$429.3 million.

The number of employees also increased 900 to 1352 employees working in the factories in Burtenbach and Chocen in the Czech Republic.

"2007 has far exceeded our expectations", said Alexander Tietje, Chairman of the Kögel board of management. "The above-average conditions prevailing throughout the market have undoubtedly helped us here."

But the extension of the portfolio of high-quality articulated models for container chassis or refrigeration units has also paid off.

"Despite a boost in production of almost 70 percent, we could scarcely meet the enormous demand for our products," he said.

Difficulties with deliveries from individual suppliers, in particular, have led to delays throughout the year. Thanks to investments in the development of the Europe-wide sales organization, the company was able to tap into new markets while continuing to grow in existing ones. At the same time, the company was able to boost its export share again. This now sits at around 67 percent.

"Today, we are the second largest importer in our product sectors in many important European export markets, such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Italy", states sales director Andreas Berndmeyer.

Kögel also recorded good rates of growth in northern Europe, where the company only started up in 2006 with a trailer point in Padborg in Denmark. Furthermore, since autumn 2007 a new partner in the form of the Finnish upper body manufacturer, Ekeri, has taken on the marketing of Kögel vehicles in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Ekeri has been established in these markets for many years and possesses a well developed sales and service network. Berndmeyer is expecting significant growth in the next few years as a result.

Kögel also improved its position significantly in Germany. In the domestic market, the manufacturer sold 1110 units more than in the year before, thus improving its results by around 30 percent. As a result, Kögel was able to report the strongest growth of all the major German trailer manufacturers.

Kögel is currently setting up a new factory in Stargard Szcecinski, near Stettin in north Poland, close to the German/Polish border, with an annual capacity of 5000 units. Furthermore, in the course of the year Kögel will be investing in its main factory in Burtenbach, in order to boost production there by a further 25 percent approximately. A significant expansion in capacity is also planned for the production site at Chocen in the Czech Republic.

This year, the company expects to increase production by around 60 percent to 32,000 units.

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