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Slightly more orders released than a year ago

Uzwil, 01/29/2014 – In fiscal 2013, Bühler Group received orders worth CHF 2363 million or just above 1% more than a year ago. Sales revenue (turnover) reached CHF 2322 million and was thus 3.6% below the level of the strong previous year. The results achieved by the different business units and markets varied considerably. 2013 was one of the most challenging fiscal years in the recent history of Bühler. Whereas order intake increased slightly by 1% to CHF 2363 million (2012: CHF 2345 million), sales revenue dipped by 3.6% to CHF 2322 million (2012: CHF 2409 million). In organic terms, the change amounted to -3%.

Whereas the Food Processing division boosted its order intake by 7%, the Grain Processing division received 3% less orders. The Advanced Materials division increased its order intake by more than 4%, despite the disinvestment of the business unit Thermal Processes. Although the new-plant business was often delayed due to the challenging customer financing, on the other hand the Customer Service business again grew 8%.

The development in order intake is also mixed in terms of the regions. Developments were positive in Europe (+11%), South America (+23%), and Asia (+12%). On the other hand, North America (-17%), Middle East/Africa (-14%), and India (-11%) failed to reach the levels of the previous year. One particular factor contributing to this downside was the sharp decline in the value of different currencies, especially in India and South Africa, in conjunction with the political turmoil in many countries. Order intake remained at a stable level in the year under review.

About Bühler:
Bühler is a global leader in the field of process engineering, in particular production technologies and services for making foods and manufacturing advanced materials. Bühler operates in over 140 countries and has a global payroll of over 10,000. In fiscal 2013, the company generated sales revenues of CHF 2,322 million.

Contact for media:
Corina Atzli, Head Corporate Communications, Bühler AG, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland
Phone +41 71 955 33 99, Fax +41 71 955 38 51, E-mail media@buhlergroup.com

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