RAMPF boosts sales by 17 percent to EUR 140 million
Financial year 2014/15: Strong growth in foreign markets / Expansion in German production capacities
The RAMPF Group concluded financial year 2014/15 with record sales. Compared to the previous year, the Grafenberg-based international specialist in engineering and chemical solutions for reactive resins and machine systems boosted consolidated total sales by 17 percent, to EUR 140 million. The biggest growth rates were recorded by RAMPF Production Systems in Zimmern o. R. (+30 percent), RAMPF Tooling Solutions (+17 percent) and RAMPF Polymer Solutions (+13 percent) in Grafenberg.
While the German market continues to deliver the strongest sales, accounting for around ⅓ of the total, particularly strong growth rates were achieved in China and the NAFTA region at around 17 percent each. “Given that exports account for more than 60 percent of total sales, we believe our strategy of internationalization has been proven effective,” says Michael Rampf, CEO of RAMPF Holding. “We think globally and act locally. Besides operating five sites in Germany, we run our own production facilities in the USA, China, and Japan. Our global partner network also ensures we are close to our customers and can respond to their needs quickly.”
Planned investment amounting to approx. EUR 12 million
RAMPF will set another record with the investments it has planned for the current financial year (2015/16), which total some EUR 12 million. The focal point will be the construction of a production plant and office building in Grafenberg.
The production facilities in Grafenberg will be the new home for the modeling and mold engineering experts of RAMPF Tooling Solutions and will manufacture board materials, liquid materials, and semi-finished goods, which have enjoyed strong growth over recent years. Once Tooling Solutions has moved, its current production facilities will be made wholly available to RAMPF Polymer Solutions, whose customized casting resin systems for sealing, bonding, casting, and coating are also experiencing significantly increased demand worldwide.
The new administration building, which is already being built in Grafenberg, will comprise some 500 square meters of offices and 150 square meters of canteen space. The costs for this and the new production plant each amount to approximately EUR 3.5 million. Both buildings are to be completed in 2016.
Over 600 employees worldwide
The workforce also grew in the past financial year. RAMPF currently employs more than 600 people worldwide, which represents an increase of some 10 percent on the previous year. “RAMPF is growing with its workforce,” says Michael Rampf. “We invest in our workforce and want our employees to stay with us long-term. Investing in people means investing in new products and new solutions. We have also already created new jobs in this current financial year.” As a family-run business, RAMPF offers a warm and personal atmosphere and takes great care in how it treats its employees, emphasizes Rampf.
The company is currently training a total of 28 trainees in chemical, logistical, and commercial careers. “RAMPF is a training enterprise. On the one hand, we offer training because we are happy to assume corporate social responsibility, and want to offer young people a promising future career. On the other, this approach also ensures we will have the best employees in years to come,” emphasizes Matthias Rampf, who, in his position as CEO of RAMPF Holding, shares responsibility for the strategic alignment of the international RAMPF Group with his brother Michael and Horst Bader, Managing Director of RAMPF Holding.