Brückner records second most successful business year ever

Brückner Maschinenbau, based in Siegsdorf, Germany, is the world market leader for large production lines for the manufacture of a wide variety of flexible plastic films, used as high-quality packaging materials and in technical applications. In terms of incoming orders, the past fiscal year was the second most successful in the company's history. More than 45 lines sold by the end of 2020 (2019: more than 30) mean an order intake of almost 800 million euros, a significant increase compared to the previous year (approximately 500 million euros). As the new orders will only become relevant for sales in the following year, a significant increase in sales to over 550 million euros is expected for 2021 (2020: around 400 million).

21 May 2021 | By Rahul Kumar

The outlook for the next few years also gives cause for optimism.

One reason for the very pleasing business development is certainly that topics such as hygiene and food safety have become much more important in the packaging sector worldwide – and particularly in Asia. In addition, food retailing and mail-order trade have recorded international growth. This also increased the demand for Brückner film stretching lines, on which the highest quality packaging films are produced, and also for the corresponding services.

The outlook for the next few years also gives cause for optimism. Stefan Neumann, chief financial officer: “Our order backlog extends well into 2023. In addition, we are currently pleased about two major orders from China."

In any case, Brückner Maschinenbau is certain that, in addition to the booming packaging sector, technical films and their production lines are also on the rise. Future topics here include not only battery separator films but also films for medical and high-temperature applications, solar panels or organic and printed electronics.

Fittingly the company from Siegsdorf received an award for its innovation management: Brückner Maschinenbau convinced in a scientific selection process for the innovation competition TOP 100 and is now officially one of the 100 most innovative companies in the German medium-sized businesses.

When it comes to plastics and the environment, Brückner is convinced that the future will continue to belong to plastics if they are used and reused sustainably. Helmut Huber, COO sales and project management, said, “As part of a circular economy, the undeniable advantages of plastic can be combined absolutely well with the sustainability goals of a modern society. We are working intensively to ensure that films can be produced on our machines with the lowest possible use of resources and the highest possible recyclability."