Beckhoff Automation increases sales to $1.72 billion


For the first time in its almost 42-year history, Beckhoff Automation has exceeded $1 billion in sales, displaying an approximate 28 per cent increase when compared to 2020.  

“This is a great result that we are incredibly proud of,” Beckhoff Automation managing owner Hans Beckhoff said. “We could definitely have seen even more growth last year, but the shortage of components along with the limits on our own capacities has held us back in some areas.”  

Meanwhile, the number of incoming orders more than doubled, with the company recording similar trends in many countries where it sells its products. 

“With one or two exceptions, we made significant gains in 2021 in almost all countries with our own sales branches – often in the double-digit percentage range,” Beckhoff said. 

“Our two largest subsidiaries (in China and the US), also reported double-digit growth.” 

Like Germany, incoming orders abroad were mostly significantly higher than actual sales growth. 

Automation technology is currently experiencing a real boom across all industries all over the world; however, demand is exceeding the production capacities of suppliers, who have been weakened further still by the effects of the global pandemic. For Beckhoff, this is particularly evident in the shortage of semiconductors and other electronic components.  

“This bottleneck is likely to continue throughout 2022,” Beckhoff said. “Nevertheless, we need to prepare for better raw material availability so that we can fulfil customer orders as quickly as possible. This is why we are working tirelessly to expand and optimise our entire company – from administration and development through to production.” 

The rapid and dynamic growth of the technology company presents it with some major challenges. Production capacities have already been expanded and personnel resources increased. By the middle of the year, Beckhoff will have expanded its production capacities in Verl and the surrounding area by more than 50 per cent in comparison with the beginning of 2020.  

“To this end, we are mobilising the last space reserves we have and acquiring even more,” Beckhoff said. 

Beckhoff recently acquired a 15ha site in the immediate vicinity of existing properties in an inter-municipal industrial park, now being planned by the cities of Verl and Rietberg.  

“We plan to create an industrial park here that will provide space for further expansion in the future for both Beckhoff Automation and our wholly owned subsidiaries Smyczek and Schirmer, which are also growing dynamically along with us,” Beckhoff said. “At least an additional 1,000 jobs will be created here over the next ten years.” 

Beckhoff is also expanding both nationally and internationally. A new building is currently being constructed in Balingen, BadenWürttemberg, Germany for the sales office located there. This is set to be entirely self-sufficient in terms of its energy needs and will be ready to move into at the beginning of 2023.  

In Marktheidenfeld in Lower Franconia, the drive technology production facility of the Fertig Motors subsidiary located there is being expanded. 

The 2021 financial year also saw the automation technology specialist open an office in Kaunas, Lithuania, to serve the market in this part of the world. The subsidiary Beckhoff Austria is building a new headquarters in Bürs. At the same time, Beckhoff Sweden is building a new headquarters of its own, while the first production facility outside Germany is to be built near Shanghai in China. The main reason for this is to expand the Chinese market from within the country itself, since this is one of the strongest markets in terms of sales for Beckhoff Automation with a share of more than 22 per cent.  

Along with various innovations in high-tech equipment and a continued systematic growth in the number of employees, Beckhoff Automation is well positioned to excel further in 2022. 

For more information about Beckhoff Automation’s success, visit https://www.beckhoff.com/en-au/.  

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