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At Zumtobel, where things did not go so well in the past, apart from the difficult phase in which the entire lighting........

At Zumtobel, where things did not go so well in the past, apart from the difficult phase in which the entire lighting........

industry is located, they have discovered a second point for themselves, namely the too extensive management level.

One now wants to be leaner, moving away from an immobile management level that had nearly 50 people, to a compact, powerful, customer-oriented team, which, in addition to the 3-member board, will only comprise another 10 or so people.

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Group sales fell by 3.6% to EUR 973.4 m from May 2016 to January 2017 compared to the previous year (previous year: EUR 1,009.9 m).

Group sales fell by 3.6% to EUR 973.4 m from May 2016 to January 2017 compared to the previous year (previous year: EUR 1,009.9 m).

Sales of LED products continue to develop dynamically, rising by 11.7% to EUR 709.5 m. The LED share of Group sales thus increased within 12 months to 72.9% from 62.9%.

The development in Australia, France, Switzerland and especially the Middle East continues to be weak. In contrast, development in the Benelux & Eastern Europe as well as in Austria, USA and Italy is very pleasing.

The Zumtobel Group employs 6,615 full-time employees worldwide.

Due to the solid development in the first three quarters, the Board now expects an operating result (adjusted EBIT) of approx. EUR 70 m for the full year.

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Zumtobel had to announce another profit warning at the end of January: the adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)......

Zumtobel had to announce another profit warning at the end of January: the adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)......

for the current financial year will probably only amount to EUR 15 to 25 m instead of the forecasted EUR 50 to 60 m.

In addition, the company has to replace two key executives. Dr. Ulrich Schumacher, the CEO and former Infineon -manager, left the company on February 1, also the CFO, Karin Sonnenmoser, who will be leaving at the middle of the year. Alfred Felder will take over the office of CEO in addition to his role as Sales Manager.
 

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The Austrian trade journal E & W writes on the 4th Sept. that SMEs are still having a hard time with digitalization.

The Austrian trade journal E & W writes on the 4th Sept. that SMEs are still having a hard time with digitalization.

E & W: “Digitalization is coming. Of this there is no doubt. But many SMEs in particular are regarding the development with scepticism. Especially in the trades and crafts many companies are not taking the chances which are resulting from digitalization.”

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Robert Pfarrwaller (CEO of Rexel Austria and chairman of the supervisory board) is reordering his house to form a modern, powerful organization.

Robert Pfarrwaller (CEO of Rexel Austria and chairman of the supervisory board) is reordering his house to form a modern, powerful organization.

Rexel is represented in Austria by the wholesale companies Regro (8 branches) and Schäcke (7 branches). In addition there is the head office, Rexel Austria GmbH.
Regro and Schäcke will legally belong to Rexel Austria with effect from 1st October 2017, but the branches and names of the 2 brands will continue to operate on the market.

You can read more about this in our newsletter "electrical-business-news".

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On 21st September Rexel Austria (CEO Robert Pfarrwaller) with its subsidiaries Schäcke (7 branches) and...........

On 21st September Rexel Austria (CEO Robert Pfarrwaller) with its subsidiaries Schäcke (7 branches) and...........

Regro (8 branches), held a partners meeting with its customers and suppliers. On the occasion of this event prizes for special performances were also awarded to manufacturers.

The award-winning firms included ABB, Hager Electro, Kraus & Naimer, Miele, RZB, Siblik Elektrik, OBO Bettermann. In addition OBO Bettermann won the award of supplier of the year 2015.

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With effect from 30th November Zumtobel’s subsidiary Tridonic has sold its signage business to the American company AgiLight Inc.

With effect from 30th November Zumtobel’s subsidiary Tridonic has sold its signage business to the American company AgiLight Inc.

AgiLight is a subsidiary of General LED, which has its headquarters in San Antonio/Texas, and with the takeover of Tridonic’s signage activities it develops into a world market leader in this sector.

The deal shows that Tridonic is concentrating strictly on innovative LED components and systems for general lighting.

Most recently Tridonic generated an annual turnover of nearly EUR 20 m with this division.

Tridonic’s works in Jennersdorf remains and continues to be a supplier of LED components which are further processed into LED chains for advertising  signs.

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As the association of the Austrian electrical and electronic industry (FEEI) reports, overall production of the Austrian electrical and electronic industry increased to EUR 12.7 bn (+2,6%) in 2014 and a five-year high in exports was achieved.

As the association of the Austrian electrical and electronic industry (FEEI) reports, overall production of the Austrian electrical and electronic industry increased to EUR 12.7 bn (+2,6%) in 2014 and a five-year high in exports was achieved.

In total exports grew by 4.0%, with those to the euro zone rising by 5.1%.

It was above all the economies in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Rumania and Croatia which ensured a positive result here.

Exports to the USA (2014: +9.4%) also remained at a high level, whereas exports to Asia only rose by 1.6% in 2014. The decisive factor for this was the slower economic development in China.

The domestic market for electrical and electronic products declined slightly (–1.5%) in 2014. The share of domestic orders in overall orders in the electrical and electronic industry stood at 20.6% in the year 2014.

Economic researchers forecast only slight economic growth and modest investment activities again for the years 2015 and 2016. All the same the Austrian electrical and electronic industry is looking at the year 2015 with confidence.

New orders (+0.6%) remain at last year’s level, while the output sold (+5.5%) in the first quarter 2015 shows a clear increase. Export values even displayed an increase of 6.3% in comparison with the first quarter 2014. The low exchange rate of the euro and the fall in energy and raw material prices favour the exports of the industry.

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The Austrian Franz Gletthofer is leaving both Hagemeyer Deutschland and Rexel at his own request on 30.6.2015.

The Austrian Franz Gletthofer is leaving both Hagemeyer Deutschland and Rexel at his own request on 30.6.2015.

Since 1st September 2013 Gletthofer has been CEO and chairman of the board at Hagemeyer Deutschland – now he is being drawn back to Austria for personal reasons. He will fulfil his duties at Hagemeyer Deutschland until the last day, but it is not known what he is going to do afterwards.

Before his move to Germany Franz Gletthofer had proved his leadership qualities for seven years as boss of Rexel Austria, having worked in a variety of management positions within the Rexel group since 1997.

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The Austrian subsidiary of the Swiss electrical firm ABB is moving from Vienna to Wiener Neudorf in Lower Austria, where robot manufacturing is already located with its 40m employees.

The Austrian subsidiary of the Swiss electrical firm ABB is moving from Vienna to Wiener Neudorf in Lower Austria, where robot manufacturing is already located with its 40m employees.

The high rental costs in the Business Park Vienna were the main argument against remaining in the capital, but in addition the company has the benefit of an optimal infrastructure in Lower Austria.

At the new location building is proceeding in two stages. The ground will be broken for the first building stage in five months and an investment amount of EUR 6.8 m has been set aside for this. A second extension phase can then follow later, but up until now there are no concrete plans for it.

The completion of the new company complex is planned for the first half of 2017, when 90 people will be employed in the new Austrian headquarters.

ABB Österreich operates mainly in the energy technology and automation sectors, employing about 400 people and making a turnover of EUR 156 m last year.

Since 2009 the chairman of ABB AG Österreich has been Franz Chalupecky, who expects a recovery in the industrial segment this year, but on the other hand does not think that growth will be possible in the energy sector.

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