Strong foundation for cutting edge technology
2 Jul 2015
Pilz achieves new record values for turnover and number of employees
The Pilz group of companies based in Ostfildern near Stuttgart enjoyed a successful end to the 2014 financial year. The family business increased its turnover to the new record value of 259.3 million Euro. This means an increase of 11.3 per cent over 2013 for the world market leader in safety relays and safety control systems. The number of employees also rose last year: by 6.3 per cent to 1,922.
The family business increased its turnover to the new record value of 259.3 million Euro. This means an increase of 11.3 per cent over 2013 for the world market leader in safety relays and safety control systems. The number of employees also rose last year: by 6.3 per cent to 1,922.
"Our growth is based on a strong foundation in terms of regional distribution, industry sectors and our portfolio as well", explains Renate Pilz, Chair of the Board of Pilz GmbH & Co. KG. The fact that the share of exports rose again, to 69.5 per cent (+ 1.3 per cent in comparison with 2013), provides the evidence. Turnover growth was also recorded in the classic European markets.
Excellent prospects in the Far East
As in previous years, the Asian market, most notably China, remained the largest growth market. Pilz benefits not only from sustained local growth of export-oriented engineering, but also from Chinese industry's increased focus generally on quality, sustainability and therefore also safety. Since opening its production site in the Chinese city of Jintan in Spring of 2015, Pilz has been supplying customers in China even faster.
Sustained employee growth
Pilz is continuing the growth of the last few years in terms of its staff as well. As of 31.12.2014, the automation company employed 1,922 people in 31 subsidiaries worldwide. This means that the number of employees rose by 45 per cent in the last 5 years (31.12.2009: 1,319 staff). In the current business year Pilz intends to create about 200 more jobs worldwide. The company currently employs 946 people at its headquarters in Ostfildern, including 31 trainees.
Investments in research and development well above average
Traditionally, research and development are very high on the agenda at Pilz. In the past financial year, the owner-operated company invested 20 per cent of turnover into the development of new products and technologies. That places Pilz well above the industry average for manufacturing companies.
Complete portfolio for the challenges of Industry 4.0
With its R&D activities Pilz pays particular attention to Industry 4.0, i.e. increased networking within production due to Internet technologies. The automation of plant and machinery has a central role to play here. Pilz believes it is well-equipped to meet the challenge: "Our portfolio includes intelligent sensors and drives as well as control systems that are capable of managing even complex, distributed plants safely. So we already offer a complete portfolio for the automation tasks of the future. For example, with the Industry 4.0-compatible automation system PSS 4000 for safety and automation, users can control distributed, modular plants simply and economically", says Renate Pilz.
Pilz has made an excellent start to the 2015 financial year. "We are very happy with the orders received in the first few months. We are optimistic that in 2015 we will be able to continue to grow at the level achieved", says Renate Pilz, looking ahead.