Hobart posts European sales growth

Warewashing giant Hobart has announced that turnover from its European operations rose to €205m (£175m) last year, marking the 12th consecutive year of revenue growth.

Hobart says the “record-breaking run” was driven by a 7% increase in sales throughout the continent, which now represents 17% of Hobart’s global turnover.

The European business is currently expanding faster than Hobart’s overall worldwide operations, which grew 4% to $1.56 billion (£1.02 billion) last year.

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Silvio Koch, VP of Hobart Europe, said: “The twelfth record year in succession is an exceptional achievement in the face of the continued weakness of the global economy. The results prove that Hobart quality is in demand all over the world.”

Koch said the firm was committed to developing new technologies that make its machines “even more economical and environmentally-friendly” in a bid to keep customers happy.

Hobart currently employs 6,900 staff globally, with close to 1,000 based in Germany. It says it is aiming to hire more workers at its central plant this year to keep up with demand.

Earlier this year it opened up a new assembly hall in Offenburg, increasing its production area by 15%.

The move follows on from the inauguration of its ‘International Innovation Centre for Dishwashing Technology’ at the same plant last year. The R&D facility now serves as Hobart’s global hub for developing new equipment.

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