Mushrooms are on a growth course. The financial year 2021 is a record year for the Pilz Group. The manufacturer of secure automation solutions achieved a turnover of 348.4 million euros, an increase of approximately 22 percent compared to the previous year. Following the global economic crisis, the cyber attack and the corona pandemic and despite persistent shortages, the family business has surpassed revenue in 2018, the year before the crisis, and is growing again. The company expects 2022 to be a challenging year, but looks to the future with confidence.
“The last few years have not been easy for us. All Pilz employees around the world are being put to the test every day in this. The result for 2021 is a confirmation that our efforts are worth it. We have stayed on track together. My brother and I are very grateful for that, “says Susanne Kunstchert, managing partner of Pilz GmbH & Co. KG.” Pilz has not only been tested by the crisis, but has also come out stronger during this period. We owe this to our employees. tirelessness, flexibility and, above all, innovative strength. ”
With a turnover of 348.4 million euros, an increase of 21.7 percent compared to the previous year, Pilz has set a new turnover record in its history after years of crisis. Despite the shortage of materials and freight capacity, which has been noticeable since the summer, the company was able to secure the supply of components to all production sites and produce as much as never before with 2.4 million units.
Mushrooms are on a growth course
The number of employees worldwide fell by 1.3 percent, from 2,366 on 31 December 2020 to 2,335 on 31 December 2021. The number of employees also fell slightly in Germany: from 1,012 in 2020 to 993 in 2021 (-1.9 percentage). Forced redundancies due to the global economic crisis could be avoided. The family business wants to hire additional staff again in 2022 and will continue to maintain its own education: 14 new students started at headquarters in 2021, including six students from the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg.
Research and development
Pilz continues its research and development activities. By the end of the year, nearly 21 percent of the total workforce worldwide worked in the research and development department. In terms of content, the development activities focus on the theme Security: “As a manufacturer of secure automation solutions, we look at both security and industrial security aspects,” says Thomas Pilz, managing partner. Therefore, the company has expanded its already “safe” development processes: TÜV Süd has certified the product development of Pilz according to the industrial safety standard IEC 62443-4-1.
According to the company, there is growth potential in railway technology. It has therefore set up its own “Railway” business unit. It combines Pilz’s worldwide activities to strategically develop the offering to the railway industry with its specific requirements.
Confidence in the future
Finally, 2022 is expected to be another challenging year. Although the number of new orders is still at a record level, it is still very difficult to procure electronic components, metals and plastic granules. In addition, given the war in Ukraine, new cost increases on raw materials and materials can be expected.
Susanne Kunstchert explains: “We remain in a state of crisis. The Pilz team continues to form one front worldwide and we want to continue working for each other and with each other for our customers. The relationships with our customers and partners give us extra strength. We look to the future with confidence. “