In the 2017 financial year, the Amazone Group has seen further growth with the consolidated total turnover, without taking the trading volume into consideration, going up to 457 million €. This sets a new record in the company’s history and, in comparison to the previous year (406 million €), this represents a growth in turnover of 12.6 %.
A demand for new models showed equally across all of the Amazone competence sectors with the turnover in soil tillage and crop protection developing above average. And with an export share of around 80 %, significant turnover increases were recorded in Poland, Rumania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Belarus. In Great Britain, the market for Amazone continued to show increasing strength and a positive growth in turnover was also seen in the important markets of Germany and Austria, with sales for 2017 in France also developing better than originally expected.
In 2017, in total, around 1,850 people were employed by Amazone, among them 130 apprentices. The company has invested more than 7 % of the turnover in the area of research and development whereas investment in tangible assets amounted to more than 15 million €.
The Amazone directors, Christian Dreyer and Dr. Justus Dreyer, see the company on a stable, successful course. “The excellent result for 2017 shows that our innovations, along with continuing, strengthened engagement in many of our markets is bearing fruit. Together with our sales partners, who again did an excellent job, we are well positioned as the specialists for Intelligent Crop Production. All over the world, innovative machinery and systems are in demand, which are not only more efficient, but which operate with even more precision and offer still further more operational comfort. For this, and with our current machinery programme, we offer farmers, and also agricultural contractors, the optimum technology for use on any farm size.”
One most important milestone in the expansion of Amazonen-Werke came in August 2017 when the signal was given for the first new buildings to be erected at the newly founded site in Bramsche. On the site which, in total, covers 24 hectares, Amazone is currently building, as its first step, assembly and storage halls with a total floor area of 16,000 m² along with an administration building. The total investment in this site amounts to around 16 million Euros. In the new halls, in future, the final assembly of the Amazone UX trailed sprayers will take place.
For the year to come, the directors are adhering to the objective “company growth with a sense of proportion” and the continuation in innovation across the Amazone core competences.
Added to this objective, is the aim of developing machines which provide customers with even more precision and contribute plus further cost savings and the switch to Amazone’s Agriculture 4.0. The
“Amazone 4.0” developments are planned to optimise the digital networking of agricultural systems to exploit future potential optimisation.
The directors are confident that the turnover will again develop positively in 2018. “Already in the last months of the previous year, it has shown that the climate for investment in agriculture is positive. At the same time, the customers’ interest in modern agricultural machinery and the demand for our innovations is so big that we reckon also on a further increase in turnover in the year to come.”