The Blanco Professional Group has published its latest financial results, which show that its sales were mainly generated from three business units – catering, industrial and railway – during the last fiscal year.
686 employees and 28 trainees achieved a group turnover of some €120m (£107m) in 2018.
The B2B system supplier for commercial kitchens made good headway with internationalising its sales markets as planned, as it managed to increase exports as a share of its total revenues to 44%. Plus at the start of 2018 it divested its medical business unit.
Roland Spleiss, CEO, commented: “We moved forward with implementing our focused growth strategy in the face of a challenging environment in 2018. The strategy is based on the four pillars of internationalisation, digitisation, tailor-made solutions and flexible sales channels. Thanks to the increase in the exports ratio, the internationalisation pillar was particularly consolidated in 2018.”
Blanco Professional also focused on further improving its business processes’ efficiency to ensure the company is future-proof. The firm invested more than €2m in its Oberderdingen headquarters in the fiscal year 2018, primarily in renovating plant structures.
The company also feels that customer service is now set up in a way that it extensively honours the Blanco Professional pledge to put the customer first
The group has completed the structural realignment initiated in 2015 to transform its business from a high-grade producer to an integrated solution provider.
Over the next few years, it will develop the automation and digitisation of processes and workflows further in order to gain new market share on an international level. Its recent takeover of Brimato, a specialist in process automation systems in the commercial kitchen sector, is designed to further accelerate the expansion of business relationships worldwide.
Brand image was also amplified in 2018 to achieve this goal: floating presentation surfaces and a large-format interactive media installation added appealing touches to trade fairs.
Blanco Professional believes it also unlocked creative potential in promoting young talent. Its Art and Industry project encouraged trainees to think outside the box. The works of art they produced proved popular at a Hamburg trade show this year.
Spleiss concluded: “The structural changes made to the catering, industrial and railway business units in 2018 will reap rewards for a long time to come. We have created an excellent basis for continuing to establish ourselves as an expert solution provider to international standards over recent years.”