Peter Gabriel, Commercial Managing Director of Gerhard Schubert GmbH, is very pleased: “We even slightly exceeded our minimum earnings target of seven per cent on total operating performance.” The company currently employs 936 people at its headquarters in Crailsheim. “In the current year, we are planning further growth to sales of 225 million euros,” Gabriel adds. The group of companies has also set itself new objectives: in 2019 it could even exceed the turnover mark of 300 million euros for the first time. Key factors behind the machine manufacturer’s steady upward trend are favourable developments in international markets and continuous investment in new technologies and innovative packaging solutions.
Schubert North America doubles its turnover
The subsidiaries also reported consistently positive commercial results. Schubert North America was extraordinarily successful with its headquarters in Charlotte as well as its service and sales offices in Dallas, Texas, and Toronto, Canada. At 77.7 million US dollars, sales in 2018 more than doubled compared to the previous year. Hartmut Siegel, Managing Director of Schubert North America since last year, sees the results as another driving force: “We’re on the right track and are winning more and more customers in the North American market with our highly flexible packaging solutions.” The high level of interest we experienced at the last PackExpo in Chicago – especially from companies in the food industry – promises ongoing positive developments in 2019.
Engineering expertise as a service is paying off
The Schubert Packaging Systems subsidiary is also indicating positive figures. Under its umbrella, Schubert-Consulting and Turnkey Services provide the company’s consulting and engineering expertise. The Schubert-Pharma and Schubert-Cosmetics areas are also particularly consulting-intensive. The demand for consulting services and turnkey lines is increasing – especially the integration of various packaging processes is of great importance for customers. In 2018, the Schubert experts were successful once again: sales rose from 50.9 million euros in the previous year to 58.9 million euros.
Moving moments for Schubert
Apart from the commercial figures, 2018 provided Schubert with some inspiring moments. Company founder Gerhard Schubert celebrated his 80th birthday in July. With his approach of solving complex packaging tasks with flexible machines within a modular system, he has been one of the most influential developers in the packaging industry – and still is today. His ideas continue to flow into Schubert’s innovative robots, machines and packaging solutions, which always go a decisive step further.